Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Herbert Alois Wagner


Branch: Civilian
Born: 22 May 1900 in Graz, Austria.
Died: 28 May 1982 in United States of America.

Rohrbach Metall-Flugzeugbau 1920
Technical University of Berlin
Junkers Flugzeugwerke
Henschel Flugzeugwerke 1940


Personal Information:

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.

Herbert Wagner 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.

In 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.
TheHs 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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