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Luftw4ffe
08-17-2011, 05:35 AM
Hi everybody, i was just reading on some websites about Erich Hartmann, one of my heroes, anyway one time he was forced to belly land and then it said he took out the clock as he was instructed to do in the event of a crach landing. I understand that it has something to do with the enemy taking your clock, but what would they do with it?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
Thanks all

Luftw4ffe
08-17-2011, 05:35 AM
Hi everybody, i was just reading on some websites about Erich Hartmann, one of my heroes, anyway one time he was forced to belly land and then it said he took out the clock as he was instructed to do in the event of a crach landing. I understand that it has something to do with the enemy taking your clock, but what would they do with it?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
Thanks all

horseback
08-17-2011, 12:53 PM
Maybe the Powers That Be figured that if they knew what time he crashed (the clock stops once the battery power is disconnected), they could determine if he was out goofing off instead of hurrying back to base.

Of course, maybe the clocks were just very, very expensive...

cheers

horseback

Bremspropeller
08-17-2011, 01:07 PM
For the pilot's log-book: landing-time

You always have to be precise on that one! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif

Sillius_Sodus
08-17-2011, 01:30 PM
I believe that back then, the clocks were mechanical, and yes, expensive to replace. Don't forget, you need a good timepiece in order for dead-reckoning navigation to be accurate.

Kongo Otto
08-17-2011, 01:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Luftw4ffe:
Hi everybody, i was just reading on some websites about Erich Hartmann, one of my heroes, anyway one time he was forced to belly land and then it said he took out the clock as he was instructed to do in the event of a crach landing. I understand that it has something to do with the enemy taking your clock, but what would they do with it?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
Thanks all </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

They had to remove the Clocks from every German Aircraft which was belly landed or otherwise inoperational, because this Clocks were never produced in an amount great enough to fit the need.
So they removed the clocks for reusing them.
They had to be always removed, even when you belly landed in friendly Territory.

btw the clocks were not battery operated, they were hand winded, with a 36 Hour clockwork. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

WTE_Galway
08-17-2011, 04:22 PM
The clocks were relatively easy to dismount because in normal use that's how you wound them up, by removing from the dash, the winder was at the rear.


The correct term for the LW on board blind flying clocks is apparently Borduhr.

Discovered that trivia in this rather interesting thread on LW clocks ...

http://ihc185.infopop.cc/eve/f...0103944/m/5701098311 (http://ihc185.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/990103944/m/5701098311)

Well worth a read.

Zeus-cat
08-17-2011, 06:34 PM
They had to remove them if they crash landed behind enemy lines to make sure they weren't dirty. They had to remove any dirt they found.

Because......... they didn't want the enemy to clean their clocks.

Sillius_Sodus
08-17-2011, 06:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
They had to remove them if they crash landed behind enemy lines to make sure they weren't dirty. They had to remove any dirt they found.

Because......... they didn't want the enemy to clean their clocks. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Baddumpbump! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ba5tard5word
08-18-2011, 05:33 PM
This is why not invading Switzerland didn't make any sense. They would have been swimming in clocks, Scrooge McDuck style.

MB_Avro_UK
08-19-2011, 01:27 PM
The British Royal Flying Corps in WW1 had the same orders.

The cockpit clocks were fob size and Swiss made. It was easy to slide them from their mountings. Doxa was a Swiss manufacturer often used.

The clocks weren't allocated to a particular aircraft.

Best Regards
MB_Avro.