About Japan and Germany co-operation in WW2 Page 5
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In a 1982 TV interview former general Kawashima indicated that 2000 kilograms of Uranium oxide were successfully shipped to Japan.
In his memoirs of armaments Mnister Albert Speer a flight to Tokyo via the polar route with a Junkers Ju-390 was described.
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There were also the less successful Yanagi voyages. I-30, I-52 etc
|March 18th, 2012||#43|
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The most interesting issue is that of communication flights...
The Messerschmitt Me261 looked like a much enlarged Bf-110 twin engined fighter. In detail however it had an entirely novel airframe able to accomodate it's crew and between 7-8 passengers. It's role was as a long range courier aircraft for important passengers and documents. The Me-261's first flight was 23 December 1940.
Following Germany's invasion of Russia, Japan which maintained diplomatic relations with Moscow throughout the war objected to Luftwaffe overflights of the Soviet Union to maintain contact with Japan, so subsequent connecting flights were made by civil registered aircraft in Deutsche Luft Hansa DLH registrations.
On 30 June 1942, a successful flight from Saporoshje (near Rostov) to Ninghsia (modern Ningxia) proved a link could be viable. The flight used a Savoia Marchetti S.75 RT (RT = Rome -Tokyo) trimotor aircraft. It's route was north of the Caspian and Aral seas then through the Altai Range past Lake Balkhash to Ningxia.
The aircraft's navigator Dr Publio Magini was of the opinion that had they not been required to land at Ninxia, with the fuel aboard they could have continued on to reach Tokyo. A second Italian flight used a secret airfield near Kabul developed by Brandenbergers as a refueling stop. Probably this airfield was used subsequently for German long range flights too.
A Tachikawa Ki-77 transport attempted a flight to the Crimea from Singapore but the British were tipped off by ULTRA and shot it down over the Indian Ocean.
Subsequently in early 1944 Kommando Nebel was formed using civilian test pilots and three Ju-290 aircraft converted to civilian airliners with extra fuel tanks. Flights are suggested to have departed Bulgaria via Kabul to Ninghsia.
At least one polar flight to Sakhalin was flown by a Bv222 Wiking flying boat.
The last such flight is mentioned by Armaments minister Albert Speer in his autobiography flown in a Ju-390 with test pilots flying via the "Polar Route"