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Dennis420b #1 Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:53 PM

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I will try to start a different topic and hopefully get a less polarizing conversation started.

What is your favorite Tank Killer of WW2?

Mine is the HS129. I have always loved this plane. Some had a pneumatically operated 75mm antitank gun!!! The pilot was well protected with armor all around but the plane suffered from being underpowered. The Germans had not considered close support aircraft to need speed so that when they understood this to be a false assumption it was too late and no larger engines could be installed on the Hs129 without significant redesign. 2nd would be the Hurricane Mk IV and IID with those wing mounted 40mm cannons (I have always had a soft spot for the ugly Hurricane in all its marks. Everybody loves the beautiful,and elegant Spitfire but where is the love for the work horse Hurricane? :sad:).

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Love the hurri. How about Beaufighter, Tsetse, Typhoon, or the Il2/10

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I will cast my vote for the P-47 Thunderbolt, since it will see me safely into the theater of operations, clear the airspace, take out my targets, and see me safely home.  Is it the best tank buster, maybe not, but I like the survivability.



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View PostWidowMaker1711, on 24 May 2014 - 01:55 PM, said:

Love the hurri. How about Beaufighter, Tsetse, Typhoon, or the Il2/10


All fantastic aircraft. The Beaufighter is a perfect jack of all trades plane. Nightfighter, Torpedo Bomber, Close Support, U-boat patrol over the Bay of Biscayne, the plane was brutal in appearance and action. Having 4, 20mm cannons as standard armament was plenty of firepower but added the fact that the Beaufighter was such a steady gun platform in action made it even better.

The others are great planes too, but they all get their accolades in history.
 



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View PostDennis420b, on 24 May 2014 - 08:05 PM, said:


All fantastic aircraft. The Beaufighter is a perfect jack of all trades plane. Nightfighter, Torpedo Bomber, Close Support, U-boat patrol over the Bay of Biscayne, the plane was brutal in appearance and action. Having 4, 20mm cannons as standard armament was plenty of firepower but added the fact that the Beaufighter was such a steady gun platform in action made it even better.

The others are great planes too, but they all get their accolades in history.
 

 

Would love to have seen the damage the heavily armed B25s could do. Especially the G and H models and the 75mm cannon.


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Let's also not forget this little beauty - with 75mm mounted.  B25G/H Gunship



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View PostMtOMajorCat0311, on 24 May 2014 - 08:12 PM, said:

Let's also not forget this little beauty - with 75mm mounted.  B25G/H Gunship

 

An absolute beast. Like the Mosquitos Tsetse Variant.


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Dennis420b #8 Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:14 PM

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I cant think of a plane that I would rather fly if I was an allied airman tasked with close support missions than the P-47. I believe the pilot of this one lived. From what I understand its 500lb bomb being carried dropped and detonated upon landing after failing to deploy during its attack.

Although I could be wrong in my recollection of the events.

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Dennis420b #9 Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:18 PM

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View PostMtOMajorCat0311, on 24 May 2014 - 02:12 PM, said:

Let's also not forget this little beauty - with 75mm mounted.  B25G/H Gunship


Dont forget about the battery of forward facing .50 cal's that thing blistered with. And am I wrong or was the bomb bay still functional on those models? I want to say 4000lbs worth? Maybe a reduced 2000lb load, I cant remember.



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View PostDennis420b, on 24 May 2014 - 08:18 PM, said:


Dont forget about the battery of forward facing .50 cal's that thing blistered with. And am I wrong or was the bomb bay still functional on those models? I want to say 4000lbs worth? Maybe a reduced 2000lb load, I cant remember.

 

Yes still capable of hauling a bomb load.


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Dennis420b #11 Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:21 PM

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View PostWidowMaker1711, on 24 May 2014 - 02:19 PM, said:

 

Yes still capable of hauling a bomb load.

Ouch!!!



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View PostDennis420b, on 24 May 2014 - 08:21 PM, said:

Ouch!!!

 

Remember reading an article about RAAF Mitchells attacking Rabaul, Not sure uf they were 75mm armed, and just decimating the ships at dock and the port.


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Dennis420b #13 Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

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Well off subject but still a big gun on a WW2 plane, the Italian P.108A with 102mm cannon for anti-ship operations. I dont think it was used operationally, but it was made and tested. I cant find a good pic not in German markings though so I wont post any. Look it up if you are into the absurd. lol

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How about the Westland Whirlwind? I like the italian Folgore. Not a TD but a beauty!

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Or the Stuka in TD variant. More ridiculous looking under wing guns than the Hurri

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I think I'll have a Mosquito.

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View PostVictorious Nox, on 24 May 2014 - 09:14 PM, said:

I think I'll have a Mosquito.

 

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Typhoon, 4 20mm and atleast 8 rockets, thing could kick [edited]in ground and aerial combat.

Dennis420b #19 Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:08 PM

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View PostMajor Fulcrum, on 24 May 2014 - 04:31 PM, said:

Typhoon, 4 20mm and atleast 8 rockets, thing could kick [edited]in ground and aerial combat.


Not to mention if you love big motors, the 2,260hp H-form 24 cylinder liquid cooled Napier Sabre IIc was a giant.



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View PostDennis420b, on 24 May 2014 - 11:08 PM, said:


Not to mention if you love big motors, the 2,260hp H-form 24 cylinder liquid cooled Napier Sabre IIc was a giant.

 

Yes and it spawned the Napier Deltic. Basically 3 sabres bolted together. Powered one of the best looking diesel trains ever. The British Rail Class 55 or Deltic


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