One of the most unusual weapons in the Luftwaffe’s World War Two armoury was the Mistel composite bomber. Chris Goss tells its remarkable story
WORLD WAR TWO LUFTWAFFE
One of the most striking examples of a piggyback aircraft, and possibly the inspiration for the Mistel, was the British Short-Mayo Composite. The brainchild of Major Robert Mayo, technical manager of Imperial Airways, it was designed to extend the range of service, providing non-stop transatlantic mail services.