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tigertalon
06-06-2007, 01:28 PM
Looking at the cockpit reference Veltro posted in "Your top 3 fixes for 409" thread in ORR, I noticed the weird gunsight (or shall I say torpsight):

http://www.pacific-storm.net/articles/8-2b.jpg

So how did the pilot operate it to aim the torpedo at a moving ship? Or did he release it so close to the ship it was hard to miss? But then wasn't the idea of torpedoing being able to strike the ship below waterline from out of their effective aaa field? What was effective range and average speed of WW2 aerial launched torpedoes?

Oh how I wish for Kate/Avenger...

tigertalon
06-06-2007, 01:28 PM
Looking at the cockpit reference Veltro posted in "Your top 3 fixes for 409" thread in ORR, I noticed the weird gunsight (or shall I say torpsight):

http://www.pacific-storm.net/articles/8-2b.jpg

So how did the pilot operate it to aim the torpedo at a moving ship? Or did he release it so close to the ship it was hard to miss? But then wasn't the idea of torpedoing being able to strike the ship below waterline from out of their effective aaa field? What was effective range and average speed of WW2 aerial launched torpedoes?

Oh how I wish for Kate/Avenger...

DuxCorvan
06-06-2007, 01:43 PM
Well, it's obvious that they mostly trusted the Force. Lots of training, and loads of luck were the keys for success, when success was possible -because it wasn't always. Those sights were more an encourage device than a real aid -never to replace simple try & error experience.

joeap
06-06-2007, 01:55 PM
For the Avenger:

US WWII torpedoes (http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WTUS_WWII.htm)

Mark 13 torpedo

Ship Class Used On Aircraft
Date Of Design 1930 (see Notes)
Date In Service 1935
Weight Early Models: 1,927 lbs. (874 kg)
Later Models: 2,216 lbs. (1,005 kg)
Overall Length 13 ft. 5 in (4.089 m)
Negative Buoyancy 523 lbs. (237 kg)
Explosive Charge Early Models: 401 lbs. (182 kg) TNT
Later Models: 600 lbs. (262 kg) Torpex
Range / Speed 6,300 yards (5,760 m) / 33.5 knots
Power Wet-heater



For the Kate:

IJN torpedoes (http://www.combinedfleet.com/torps.htm)

Look at the type 91, copy paste doesn't work too well.

leitmotiv
06-06-2007, 02:34 PM
The 1942 Devastator had a similar gizmo. It was a deflection calculator. You fed into it the estimated speed of the ship and it gave you the length ahead of it at which you should launch your torp depending on your torp speed setting.

Divine-Wind
06-06-2007, 05:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
Well, it's obvious that they mostly trusted the Force. Lots of training, and loads of luck were the keys for success, when success was possible -because it wasn't always. Those sights were more an encourage device than a real aid -never to replace simple try & error experience. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Switch on your targeting computers! Transfer all power to front deflector shields, front deflector shields!

That is pretty interesting. Would be kinda neat to fiddle around with in IL-2.

Matt812931993
06-06-2007, 06:32 PM
there was an observer in the kate who helped the pilot aim the torpedo.