This is not the standard straightforward history of the Heinkel He 162. In fact, the history of the Luftwaffe’s last-minute fighter is neither standard nor straightforward. According to Allied reports of German PoW interrogations, conducted immediately after the Second World War, everyone involved with it had a different tale to tell about the infamous aircraft.
Presented here are six direct transcripts of Allied reports on testimonies and interrogations of high-ranking German officers and officials concerning the He 162, three in favour of it and three against. Also included is a more objective view and a less partisan history submitted by the British Farren Mission, of which test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown was a member.
Each report is presented unaltered and in full, alongside a commentary by author Dan Sharp (Spitfires Over Berlin, Luftwaffe: Secret Jets of the Third Reich) intended to highlight points of particular interest and provide additional context.
What emerges is a detailed, sometimes contradictory, account of perhaps the most remarkable episode in aircraft manufacturing during the war.