The later part of World War II ushered in the age of jet aircraft and it would appear the Germans certainly had the lead at least from the design standpoint.
This group of aircraft will include those jets that flew prior to the end of World War II. Not all of them reached production or were used in combat but a number of them did. Luft 46 and post war jets will be covered under a separate heading. This is what I have in my stash to build in 1/48:
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