Welcome to the amazing career of the long range Ju-390 aircraft. An exceptional long range aircraft flown by Nazi Germany in many special missions to New York, Cape Town, Buenos Aires & Tokyo. The aircraft which Wikipedia editors keep censoring the truth about.
The Ju-390 traces it's lineage through the Ju-90 airliner, so here my website devotes pages to all aspects of the same family of aircraft which it evolved from. I tell this story here because discussion of this aircraft in various historical forums, on Wikipedia & so forth is suppressed or censored. There needs to be a permanent reference for those who are interested.
Two prototype Ju-390 aircraft V1 & V2 were flown. We are advised by historians that a third prototype was built but scrapped in the factory. Indeed Junkers received payment from the Luftwaffe Quartermaster General on 29 June 1944 for 7 completed prototypes. Hearsay evidence by a US sports diver indicates the wreck of a fourth aircraft lays on the seabed near Owl's Head Maine USA. We would not even know a second prototype flew except that a British Merchant Marine sailor in the Mediterranean in 1943 snapped a photo of the aircraft wearing the Afrika identification waistband attacking his ship, commonly known by it's Stammkenzeichen registration, RC+DA. Such was the long range capability of the Ju-390 that it quickly found a niche in special missions.
The existence of a second Ju-390 prototype is highly disputed and dismissed by many historians, however strands of evidence for it's existence cannot be explained by conventional historians who simply shout down the facts, or dispute out of hand anything put to them.
The fate of this second prototype is shrouded in mystery and remains at the heart of many conspiracy theories. Long after World War 2, the secretive Argentine Government was compelled at congressional hearings to declassify some of it's wartime dealings with Nazi Germany. Out of this tumbled the fact that a large multi engined German aircraft flew to El Palomar airbase Buenos Aires on 2 May 1945 from Villa Cisneros (now known as Daklha) and unloaded a device simply called the Bell.[ 1 ] [ 2 ]
Ju 390's final route to Argentina
The so called Bell itself is another aspect of history shrouded in disinformation. I maintain on another of my websites that this was a spherical Tokamak style particle accelerator possibly used to transmute Thorium 232 into Uranium 233 for the Nazi Atomic weapons program. When Argentina created it's own nuclear program in 1947, the first laboratory was established at an Argentine air base in Cordoba. This was targeted by a clandestine British bomb attack. This attack forced the nuclear project to relocate to remote Lake Nahuel Huapei, close to the Nazi expatriate town of Barriloche. The Bell device destroyed at Cordoba was the same device offloaded from the Ju 390 at El Palomar used by Dr Ronald Richter's laboratory. Information that the Bell was a particle accelerator comes in part from the 1956 job application by Dr Ronald Richter to work for the US Air Force. A job application which apparently was so sensitive that it remained classified by America's USAF & NSA until 1999.
This flight to Argentina challenges historians who argue there was only ever one Ju 390 flying. The first Ju 390 aircraft was left derelict at Dassau airfield in November 1944 whilst a second aircraft continued to be flown, mentioned, or sighted by several individuals during 1945.
Sightings of a Ju 390 in 1945 after the V1 prototype was scrapped pose a dilemma for historians who deny the existence of a second prototype. At least one Ju 390 kept flying after the V1 aircraft pictured above was retired from flying in October 1944 stripped of propellers & sat derelict at Dessau until destroyed by fire in January 1945.
Reluctantly Kessler & Ott the authors of a notable book about the Ju-290 family had to alter their previous denials to accommodate emerging new evidence for this other aircraft which they previously denied with new claims that V2 was not completed until September 1944, which is probably just as incorrect as their original flat denial. After Kessler & Ott seem to be making up their account as they go.
Classified intelligence reports from Argentina which only came to light at an Argentine Congressional hearing in 1993, now suggest on 2 May 1945 a Ju-390 arrived at El Palomar airbase and then was flown to a jungle airstrip in Entre Rios province Argentina [ 2 ]. From there it is claimed the aircraft flew to a German owned ranch in Uruguay near Paysandu. [ 4 ] To cover the embarrassment of the aircraft's existence in Argentina as the Third Reich collapsed, it was broken up with parts dumped into the Rio Pirana.
How do we know this aircraft which arrived in Argentina on 2 May 1945 was a Ju 390 and not some other type?
The Berlin Document Centre has the interrogation report of SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Rudolf Schuster who witnessed the bell device being loaded into a Ju 390 at Bystrzyca Klodzka airfield in April 1945 for an evacuation from Germany.
Notice from the two images below the different fuselage proportions of these two Ju390 aircraft. RC+DA on the Left bears a fuselage band worn in North Africa.
[ 1 ] Classified Intelligence report of Argentine Economic Ministry 1945 only declassified 1993
[ 2 ] Abril Basti, author 2004 tourist guide "Nazi Barriloche"
[ 3 ] Report of sighting by the son of a Polish diplomat in 1945 only declassified in 1998 revealed by author Igor Witkowski
[ 4 ] Author/researcher of several books on Luftwaffe and German document translator Geoffrey Brooks
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Amazing wartime story of the Ju 390 and the Ju 290
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