Definition of Stuka in English:

Stuka

noun

  • A type of German military aircraft (the Junkers Ju 87) designed for dive-bombing, much used in the Second World War.

    • ‘The Junkers Ju - 87 Stuka is the iconic aircraft of the Luftwaffe and as such it tends to hog the spotlight from most of Germany's other close air support aircraft.’
    • ‘The wretchedness is not the result merely of flight: French farmers overcharge the refugees for water, while German Stukas strafe and bomb this civilian procession.’
    • ‘Just 2 days later the Hurricanes from Tangmere destroyed an attack by Stukas on another air base.’
    • ‘The Junkers 87 - B Stuka was a vital part of the German Blitzkrieg that led to the fall of France in 1940.’
    • ‘I dropped the left wing and saw a Stuka making a bee-line for the base.’
    • ‘Suddenly it hove back into view, coming straight at us, diving madly like a German Stuka on a bombing run.’
    • ‘At the same time we are full of confidence… suddenly we notice that the enemy artillery no longer shoots… while the last squadron of Stukas is still attacking, we receive our marching orders.’
    • ‘Slowly drifting Zeppelins gave the commanders perfect intelligence of the carnage below, directing Stukas to deliver pinpoint strikes so close to their own lines that the soldiers could read the serial numbers of the dropping bombs.’
    • ‘They wanted a fighter that could catch and destroy the dread Stuka, even when the bomber was in its infamous dive.’
    • ‘The German infantry feared the P - 47 as much as the Allies feared the Stuka dive bomber earlier in the war.’
    • ‘There were also four single women, which meant all of the males circled around them like Stukas doing dive bombings on targets of opportunity.’
    • ‘On June 29, 1941 while doing the ‘Tobruk ferry run’ she was bombed by Stukas off Sollum.’
    • ‘Placed at forward fields in France, the Stukas surely attracted the attentions of RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes.’
    • ‘He served in the Luftwaffe on the eastern front during the war, probably flying in Stuka dive bombers, says Gollin, and was invalided out of service in 1944.’
    • ‘Once a strategic target had been selected, Stuka dive bombers were sent in to ‘soften’ up the enemy, destroy all rail lines, communication centres and major rail links.’
    • ‘The sound of a riced-out Civic is as nothing when compared to the blood-curdling shriek of a diving Stuka's nose siren.’
    • ‘For eight days they ploughed on through waves and walls of bombs and torpedoes, through unending swarms of screaming Stukas and U-boats.’
    • ‘In a war rife with artillery and aircraft carriers, started by Stukas and ending with the blazing flash and mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb what possible role could a handgun have played’
    • ‘As the El Alamein battle began in earnest, enemy aerial activities took an upswing and it was not unusual for the P - 40s to run into formations of Junkers Ju 87 Stukas and Italian Fiats.’
    • ‘The first mission of the Stalingrad set has you crossing the Volga towards the ruined city while being strafed by Stuka dive bombers.’

Origin

Contraction of German Sturzkampfflugzeug ‘dive-bomber’.

Pronunciation

Stuka

/ˈstuːkə//ˈʃtuːkə/