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The Ju-87 B-2 or Stuka was German World War Two dive bomber designed by Hermannn Pohlmann in 1935. It was introduced into service with the Luftwaffe in 1936 and first saw combat with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. The Stuka is easily recognizable by its Inverted Gull Wing design that it shared with only a few aircraft of the time (F4U Corsair, A5M, and Yer-2) and fixed landing gear.

300px-Junkers Ju 87Ds in flight Oct 1943

The Ju-87 B was the first mass produced variant of the Stuka, featuring a Junkers Jumo 211D engine and a redesigned fuselage and canopy that became standard of the Stuka line for the rest of the war. After Successful combat trials in Spain production of the Stuka was ramped up to 60 aircraft a month. The Stuka next saw action in Poland where the plane became an Iconic part of the Blitzkrieg. It saw brief combat in Norway when it harassed British warships in the region.

The Stuka went on to fight in France and once more proved its self a success against enemy ground targets. Many Stukas were during the Battle of Britain, it had neither the speed, maneuverability, or the defensive armament to fight of the British Spitfires and Hurricanes and required a heavy fighter escort.

The Ju-87 would remain in service for the rest of the war and could be found in many theaters of war. An estimated 6,500 Stukas had been produced and had six variants A through G.

In the Anime

Like its real world counter part the Stuka saw combat over Livonia (Poland) and Thermidor (France). It was shown bombing Eylstadt defensive position in the opening part of the Invasion. A squadrons of Ju-87 B-2s were sent to eliminate the Eylstadt artillery during the battle of Coenenburg but were wiped out by Izetta.

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