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major_setback
06-08-2005, 04:41 AM
Just one simple rule...make sure no one is below you before you let go of your bomb load! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/photos/gallery_006/B17InTheWay.jpg

DarkBlueMan
06-08-2005, 04:50 AM
WOW! I suppose with so many bombing missions something like this would be inevitable. Did the crew return home safely??

tigertalon
06-08-2005, 05:01 AM
Originally posted by DarkBlueMan:
WOW! I suppose with so many bombing missions something like this would be inevitable. Did the crew return home safely??

AFAIK no, same pics are in a book I have, it says that B17 crashed soon after.

There is however another pic, which shows a couple of (250lb IMO) bombs being dropped directly to the fuselage of B24 from a plane above (to the part where wings are). And below the pic it says they returned home, with nobody even wounded on board.

Some get lucky, some don't. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

pacettid
06-08-2005, 05:02 AM
If memory serves me correctly, this plane began a death spiral shortly after the mishap, and no chutes were seen during the plunge.

B16Enk
06-08-2005, 05:05 AM
2nd link has two related 'photos Here (http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/photos/gallery_006/page_09.htm)

major_setback
06-08-2005, 05:38 AM
Originally posted by B16Enk:
2nd link has two related 'photos Here (http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/photos/gallery_006/page_09.htm)

Note: THREE of the pictues on this link are of the same plane!

B16Enk
06-08-2005, 05:56 AM
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ploughman
06-08-2005, 05:57 AM
Bad news.

What are the engines on this (http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/photos/gallery_006/B17x.jpg) B-17?

ploughman
06-08-2005, 06:09 AM
(After a while googling)

Oh, it's not a B17, its a Boeing Lockheed Vega XB-38 with Allison engines like this (http://aeroweb.brooklyn.cuny.edu/database/aircraft/getimage.htm?id=295) one.

VW-IceFire
06-08-2005, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Bad news.

What are the engines on this (http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/wwii/photos/gallery_006/B17x.jpg) B-17?
Allison engines were tested on a variety of B-17s I believe but the Allison was in such high demand that they decided against it. An engine fire destroyed the prototype and the performance improvement was considered minimal.

jimmymilly
06-08-2005, 06:44 AM
Similar thing happened to my grandad

he was a RAF navigator/bombaimer in a Handley page halifax in WW2

it was '44 i foroget which raid

It was during the middle of the night. he was over the target at the reqired time on the bomb run. When bombs rained down on them from a french squadron from driffield (I think they were also halifaxes)who were a few minutes early and flying at a higher altitude.

The bombs landed on my grandad's squadron leader who was flying nearby who was carrying his bombs (15,000 lb)and he just blew up

After that point the squadron made sure the french always flew at a lower altitude!

AlGroover
06-08-2005, 07:00 AM
It's one of the many theories I've heard about the disappearance of Glenn Miller.

BenvZijl
06-08-2005, 07:00 AM
i have pictures ingame of me flying a PE8 and a friend flying close under me in a B17, i dropped the 5000 bomb and it took of the complete tail the b17 dived forward hitting me with his back and damaged me good but i still could fly, the b17 burried himself into the ground 20 sec later and 2 secs after it the area exploded due to the 5000 bomb impact.


i will see if i can find the pictures of it(got them somewhere on my HD)

ploughman
06-08-2005, 07:32 AM
Similar thing happened to my grandad

Funnily enough my Gran's 2nd husband was a Halifax pilot and he once told me pretty much exactly the same thing. His name was Reg Hawe, I wonder if he was in the same Sqd. as your g'dad? He's passed on now, as has my gran, and I don't know what unit he was in.

That B-17 with Allison engines sure is pretty though.