May 1900 in Graz, Austria.
Died: 28 May 1982 in United States of America.
Rohrbach Metall-Flugzeugbau 1920
University of Berlin
Dr.-Ing. Herbert Alois Wagner was a Austrian scientist who worked for the German
arms industry, during World War II. He designed and developed several guided missiles
as well as developing many innovations in aerodynamics.
attended the Austrian naval academy, from 1914 to 1917 and served as an Ensign
in the Australian Navy during the First World War. The ship, he was serving aboard
was struck by an enemy torpedo, although he survived his ship didn't. On returning
to civilian life He took up his academic studies and went to the technical University
of Berlin, and and obtained his doctorate at the tender age of 23.
the mid 1920s. He started work for Rohrbach Metall-Flugzeugbau which was a small
aeroplane factory in Berlin. It was while working at Rohrbach Metall-Flugzeugbau
that Herbert invented the so-called Wagner beam (a method of constructing aircraft
structural components from sheet metal).
After finishing at the aircraft factory
Herbert held the position off Professor at the technical University of Berlin.
Herbert's next job was at Junkers
Flugzeugwerke where he played a fundamental role in the development of the
first jet engines, but unfortunately fell out with the management of Junkers
and left to join Henschel
Flugzeugwerke in Berlin.
As soon as Herbert started work at Henschel.
He began working on remote controlled aircraft in July 1940 he began work on a
prototype glider bomb which later led to the
Hs 293 and the
Hs 117 missiles.
293 had considerable success during its early deployment sinking HMS Egret
on 27 August 1943 and HMT Rohna on 26 November 1943 with a loss of over a thousand
soldiers and crewmen.
Dr Herbert Alois Wagner was relocated to the United
States. After World War II, as part of Operation Paperclip.
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