The Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor was a long-range airliner and maritime patrol aircraft developed in Blue Germany. The military version was also sold in numbers to Imperial Japan.
Service History Edit
The Fw 200's first military usage was by the Japanese during the Sulu Sea Confrontation, when Fw 200 reconnaissance flights harassed US Navy fleets in the Philippine Sea. Japanese Condors were later used with great effect during the Northern Expedition in 1945, helping to locate and destroy the Soviet Pacific Fleet.
German usage of the Fw 200 peaked in the early Wars of the Alliances period. Condors were used to screen Polish naval ships taking part in the First Baltic War, preventing them from violating German territorial waters. It was in this capacity that a Condor attacked the Polish destroyer ORP Błyskawica on March 19th, 1943. While the attack did little damage to the destroyer, the damage sustained by the Condor in return led to increased funding for guided missile research, which would first be deployed on the Condor later during the Second Baltic War, as well as the more modern Junkers Ju 290.
During the Second Baltic War, Condors took part in Operation MU 204, 'live' testing of German munitions on belligerent ships and aircraft. During this operation, a Condor accidentally sunk a Swedish transport ship near Bornholm. Though Germany was not suspected of the attack at the time, several high-ranking naval defectors reported the incident to the Swedes during the Skagerrakschlact incident in 1948, which directly led to Germany exiting the Coalition of the Cross