Norweigan Aviation Museum

Tegning: Bengt Stangvik.

Junkers Ju 88 D-1

Project Junkers Ju 88 D-1, Works serial no: 0881203, Markings 4N+EH

In 1999 and 2001 respectively, the museum and Bodø Aviation Historical Society (BLHF) salvaged two Junkers Ju 88s from Kinnarodden and Sandefjorddalen in Finnmark. One of the aircraft was taken over by Deutsches Technikmuseum and the other belongs to the museum.

The restoration
The restoration of the Junkers Ju 88 is a collaborative project between the Norwegian Aviation Museum, BLHF and Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin (Karl Birczak’s aircraft workshop in Hereg, Hungary). The Wings Museum in England is restoring one of the aircraft’s two Jumo 211 engines.

Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin (DTMB) lacked several of the parts required to complete the restoration of a Ju 88 G-1. Therefore the museum and DTMB entered into an agreement whereby they took over one of the two Ju 88s that were salvaged in Finnmark (Works serial no. 0880797) in order to use it for building up its own aircraft. In return, they would restore the fuselage of the other Ju 88 (Works serial no. 0881203) for us. DTMB had the fuselage restored at Karl Birczak’s aircraft workshop in Hereg, Hungary. We sent the fuselage to Hungary in 2004 and received it back fully restored in 2008.

The museum and BLHF continue to work steadily at restoring small parts and details.

As well as the restoration project for the Ju 88 D-1, the museum has a Ju 88 A-4 on display in the exhibition (as a wreck) and a JU 88 A-5 tail and engine in storage.

The wreck of Junkers Ju 88 (Works serial no. 0881203) as it lay at Kinnarodden in Finnmark.

The wreck of Junkers Ju 88 (Works serial no. 0881203) as it lay at Kinnarodden in Finnmark.

Junkers Ju 88 i restaureringsverkstedet mai 2013.

Junkers Ju 88 in the museum’s restoration workshop in May 2013.

Junkers Ju 88 D-1 på Kirkenes.

Junkers Ju 88 D-1 at Kirkenes during WW2, 1944. Photo:Tor Egdar Olsen.

Read more:

Follow the restoration of Junkers Ju 88 D-1 (BLHF)

Follow the restoration of the Jumo 211 motor at the Wings Museum

Junkers Ju 88 A-4 in the exhibition at the Norwegian Aviation Museum

Junkers Ju 88 A-1 – restoration at the Flysamlingen, Gardermoen (Facebook)

Junkers Ju 88 – R1 RAF museum

Junkers Ju 88 D-1/Trop – The National Museum of the USAF

Bodø Luftfartshistoriske Forening (BLHF)


Historical facts about the two airplanes:

Ju88 located at Kinnarodden (Our restoration Project):

Type: Ju88 D-1
Serial: 088 1203
Markings: 4N+EH
Unit: 1(F)/22
History: Started out from Kirkenes to bomb the ship A.Marti (3500 t.) south of Bjørnøya february 17th. 1943.Was hit by flak and had to belly-land with damage to the left engine. None of the crew wounded. Later on some important parts recovered by german soldiers from Banak AF.
After the war sold by the Norwegian Government to a team of four living in Mehamn. Intended to be broken up as scrap.
Sold to the Norwegian Aviation Museum 1998.

1.Feldwebel Gerhard Kunert (B.17.03.1920) Pilot
2.Lt. Hans Krüger. (B.07.03.1920) Observer/Nav.
3.Unteroffizier Fritz Sundergeld (B.22.05.1922) Radio operator.
4.Unteroffizier Georg Lechner (B.24.06.1920) Air gunner.

Ju88 located at Sandfjorden:

Type: Ju88 C-4
Serial: 088 0797
Markings: 4D+HA
Unit: KG30
History: Made an emergency landing coming from the sea. Sliding over the small hill, the airplane stopped before reaching the small lake in the bottom of Sandfjorden. All three of the crew wounded in the emergency landing.
Sold to the same group that bought the other JU88 at Kinnarodden.
Sold to the Norwegian Aviation Museum 1998.

Crew: 1.Staffelkapitän Kuno Gotthard (B.19.03.1913) Pilot.
2.Oberleutnant Helmut Lüttgens (B.22.11.1913) Navigator.
3.Stabsfeldwebel Willi Hillebrecht (B.27.11.1910) Radio operator