Junkers Ju 252 and ‘352: Replacing Aunty Ju

The successor to the famous Ju 52/3m trimotor was the Ju 252, one of the first transport aircraft to feature a rear loading ramp. Together with the similar Ju 352 it served in small numbers in the latter years of the war, as Chris Goss details.

The Luftwaffe’s primary transport aircraft was the three-engined Junkers 52/3m, nicknamed Tante Ju (Aunty Ju). However, by the outbreak of war, the Luftwaffe was looking for a replacement. This would be the shortlived Ju 252 and its slightly more successful successor the Ju 352 Herkules.

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