In 1941 the Heinkel He-115 serving with the Luftwaffe was showing its age. Introduced in 1939 the He-115 was too slow and lightly armed to survive in a hostile environment. The Luftwaffe starting searching for a replacement and the Junkers factory offered to convert the new Ju-188 bomber to a seaplane.
The first Ju-188W flew in January 1942 and a batch of 48 aircraft were ordered, which were delivered from August 1942. Although faster than the He-115, the Ju-188W was still not very high with 412 km/h and the aircraft fared little better than its predecessor. Total production of the Ju-188W was 63 aircraft.
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