"Me262" as written by Samuel Pearlman, Donald Roeser and E Bloom....
Goering's on the phone to Freiburg
Says "Willie's done quite a job"
Hitler's on the phone from Berlin
Says "I'm gonna make you a star"

My Captain Von Ondine, here's your next patrol
A flight of English bombers across the canal
After twelve, they'll all be here
I think you know the job

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers, ripened, ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

In a G-load disaster from the rate of climb
Sometimes I'd faint and be lost to our side
But there's no reward for failure, but death
So watch me in the mirrors, keep me on the glide path

Get me through these radars, no I cannot fail
When my great silver slugs are eager to feed
I can't fail, no not now
When twenty five bombers wait ripe

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers, ripened, ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

Me-262 prince of turbojet, Junker's Jumo 004
Blasts from clustered R4M quartets in my snout
And see these English planes go burn
Now will you be my witness how red were the skies
When the fortresses flew, for the very last time
It was dark over Westphalia, in April of '45

They hung there dependent from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers, ripened, ready to tilt
Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

Must these Englishmen live that I might die
Junkers Jumo 004 (repeat many times)
Bombers at 12 o'clock high


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"Me 262" as written by E Bloom Donald Roeser

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is obviously a song about the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first operational turbojet fighter aircraft. It was powered by Junkers Jumo 004 engines and several two-seater "B" trainer variants of the Me 262 were adapted as night fighters. Serving with 10 Staffel, Nachtjagdgeschwader 11, Night Fighter Unit, near Berlin, these few aircraft (alongside several single seat examples) accounted for most of the 13 Mosquitoes lost over Berlin in the first three months of 1945. the two-seat trainer was largely unavailable many pilots had to do their first flight in a jet in a single seater without an instructor.

    It is not known if the song refers to the last flight of the Luftwaffe: The suicide attack on the Eighth Air Force, April 7, 1945.

    I believe the "Captain Von Ondine" reference is a tribute to the owner of the popular New York City bar, Ondine's, where rock 'n' roll royalty hung out in the early 1970s.
    Boskoon August 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt wouldn't be a suicide attack because the speaker plans on living through it. He says
    "Must these Englishmen live that I might die
    Must they live that I might die"

    Meaning that he is considering the war merely as a self-survival thing. He's only killing the British because otherwise they will kill him.
    jhammond5611on August 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn April 7th 1945 60 Me-262's shot down 25 allied bombers over Westphalia without losing a single plane. (25 bombers wait ripe).

    Typically, the jets would dive below the bomber formations, throttle down and make a high-G climb to lose speed before leveling off and firing their rockets. (G-load disaster from the rate of climb).

    In 1945, a single squadron of 45 Me-262 fighters claimed 427 kills, 300 of which were heavy bombers. (...how red were the skies... it was dark over Westphalia)
    bocmaniacon May 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was my first favorite BOC song, and remains in the top 5. I love the way the lyrics are tossed in there and the philosophical lyric "Must these Englishmen live that I might die?" Done live, there was always an extended period during the "marching and bombing" segment of the song where Buck just took off and did whatever came to mind. Truly a concert rock experience.
    leopardpa5on February 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMy only gripe with this otherwise amazing track is that Messerschmitt 262s did not fire R4M rockets from their "snout". Rockets were wing mounted, with the nose of the plane being fitted with Rheinmetall-Borsig MK 108 30mm cannon (although admittedly there were a quartet of these).
    PaulZeroon July 12, 2013   Link

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