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What matters most is the quality of source material for any book, I invite all families of engineers, technicians, pilots and ground staff – with information on their work to get in contact and share their stories, so that the work they did can be known.

If you have relatives who worked for aeroplane engine companies in the lead up to, and duration of the Second World War, please contact me on this email:


I am especially interested to receive office papers, diaries, photographs and letters that relate to their work, of all nations, American, British, Russian and German.

Professor Doktor -Ing. Karl Kollmann Chief Designer of Daimler-Benz until 1945

Professor Doktor -Ing. Karl Kollmann

Professor Doktor-Ing. Karl Kollmann, chief designer at Daimler-Benz aero engines until 1945. The Professor wrote his technical memoirs in 1947 which lay at the family home, almost unknown to the outside world until January 2016, when his son graciously supplied them for me to study.

Kollmann`s work was central to the engines that would power the Messerschmitt 109 throughout the entire Second World War, and through his fathers writings an unparallelled opportunity exists to form a window in time back to a fighter aircraft engine designers drawing office in the 1940`s.

I have completed translating his fathers technical memoir, and am collaborating with a partner in the USA to have it published as a stand-alone book.

Elly Hanitsch

Elly contacted me from Dessau in the former East Germany to say she had worked in the engine development drawing office from 16th April 1942 until the end of the war, her Jumo employment card # was 15,859.

The transcript of our interview is recorded on this website in the Interviews section which requires registration to access.

Elly is quite possibly the last living member of the Junkers-Jumo design office who worked during the war.