Gero II

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Gero I had been a rear­ward fir­ing flamethrower de­signed early in the war pri­mar­ily to cre­ate a lot of smoke and thereby pre­vent en­emy fighters from get­ting a clear shot at Ger­man bombers. This was aban­doned but the idea was re­vived in early 1945, with Soviet troops rapidly ad­vanc­ing into Ger­many, as an air­borne flamethrower for at­tack­ing en­emy in­fantry. It was es­sen­tially a tank full of na­palm­like fuel that could be at­tached to a Fw 190F-8 via an ETC 504 fuse­lage rack. A noz­zle would di­rect the ig­nited chem­i­cals rear­wards and down­wards on to the en­emy.three ver­sions were de­signed, Gero IIA, IIB and IIC.THE project, the brain­child of an Oberst Haupt based at Mun­sterNord, was never ad­vanced to the pro­to­type stage.

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