Allied airmen had to face every manner of threat when penetrating the skies over the Reich. From Focke Wulf fighters to deadly German "88s" the air over Europe was filled with threats a plenty. But as the Reich crumbled and the Allied moved deeper in the lands of Germany, a series of last ditch weapons were fielded, including the Hs 297 Fohn.
As low tech a weapon as there was, the Fohn was a five layered metal rack that held German 7.29cm rockets. These rockets were loaded, 35 total, as a group and fired as a group as well. Volley fire of the small, high velocity unguided rockets was designed to take out an aircraft with a wall of aggression.
The launcher was a simple affair, traversing 360 degrees towards airborne threats. The operator would stand to the left of the rack, launching a mass of rockets or single munitions. It was reloaded by pivoting the rack vertical and the replacement rockets were slid into the base of the assembly.
Reaching out to just over a kilometer, the Fohn was a close in defense of strategic fixed targets like bridges or airfields. Only about 50 were ever produced and fewer still fielded. Interestingly, the name Fohn, means ''hair dryer." A volley of these rockets speeding upwards is more hair raising than anything.