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Gotha Go 244



After the fall of France the French Gnome-Rhone 14M radial engine became available to the Germans in large numbers, and the Go 242 was modified to serve as the Go 244 twin-engined transport, each of the twin booms being extended forward of the leading edge of the wing to mount one of these engines. At the same time fixed tricycle landing gear was installed.



A total of 133 conversions was made from the five Go 242B variants and these were designated correspondingly Go 244B-1 to B-5. First deliveries were made in March 1942 to the Greek-based KGrzbV 104 and to KGrzbV 106 in Crete, but they proved to be relatively easy targets for Allied fighter aircraft and had been withdrawn by November 1942. Some Go 244s had 492kW BMW 132Z or captured Russian Shvetsov M-25As each of 559kW.




Engine: 2 x Gnome-Rhone 14M, 522kW
Max take-off weight: 7800 kg / 17196 lb
Empty weight: 5100 kg / 11244 lb
Wingspan: 24.5 m / 80 ft 5 in
Length: 15.80 m / 51 ft 10 in
Height: 4.70 m / 15 ft 5 in
Wing area: 64.4 sq.m / 693.20 sq ft
Max. speed: 290 km/h / 180 mph
Ceiling: 7500 m / 24600 ft
Range: 600 km / 373 miles
Armament: 4 x 7.9mm machine-guns



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