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Germany's Gotha Go 242 transport
Gotha Go 244 transport

Design

The Gotha Go 242 was originally designed by Albert Kalkert.

With the fall of France in 1940, the Gnome-Rhône 14M radial engines became available for use by the Germans. These were installed on the Go 242 and became the Go 244. Some Go 244s had the BMW 132Z (660 HP) or Shvetsov M-25A (750 HP) engine installed instead.

Fuselage

The fuselage was made from steel tubing and covered with fabric.

Wings

The wings and tail were made from wood.

Prototype

The Go 244 prototype first flew in late 1941.

Production

  • Go 244: 43
    • 133 converted from Go 242s

Variants

  • Go 244B: Had two Gnome-Rhône 14M engines installed in the Go 242B. Had a fixed landing gear.
  • Go 244B-1:
  • Go 244B-2:
  • Go 244B-3:
  • Go 244B-4:
  • Go 244B-5:

Usage

First Deliveries

The KGrzbV 104, based in Greece, and KGrzbV 106, based in Crete, received the Go 244s in March 1942.

Withdrawn

When Allied fighters easily shot down the Go 244s, they were withdrawn from service in November 1942 and sent to paratroop training schools.

Specifications

  Gotha Go 244
Type Transport
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Gnome-Rhône 14M
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 740 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 79'
24 m
Length 52' 6"
16 m
Height 15' 5"
4.7 m
Wing area 700 sq ft
65 sq m
Weight  
Loaded 17,500 lb
7,945 kg
Performance  
Speed at 10,000' /
3,050 m
169 mph
270 kph
Cruising Speed at Sea Level 100 mph
160 kph
Climb to 10,000' /
3,050 m
21 minutes
Range 375 miles
600 km
  Gotha Go 244B-2
Type Transport
Engine (Type) 2: Gnome-Rhône 14M piston
Cylinders Radial 14
HP 700 each
Dimensions  
Span 80' 4.5"
24.5 m
Length 51' 10"
15.8 m
Height 15' 5"
4.7 m
Wing area 693.22 ft2
64.4 m2
Weight  
Empty 11,243 lb
5,100 kg
Loaded 17,196 lb
7,800 kg
Performance  
Speed 180 mph
290 kph
Speed at 10,000' /
3,048 m
180 mph
290 kph
Cruising speed 155 mph
249 kph
Climb 886'/minute
270 m/minute
Service ceiling 24,605', 25,100'
7,500 m, 7,650 m
Range 373 miles, 435 miles
600 km, 700 km

Sources:

  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  3. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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