Remember what I said about paying attention to your civilian whack-jobs?
The short of it...
-Emitters are bullseyes you paint on yourselves.
That depends. Monica in theory makes sense. You have to be able to know you are being painted and chased, and you have to be able to track what chases you to defend yourself. A heat sensor would have been somewhat effective if the research had been done. Those were quick to develop to gun range certainty to detect hot engines as far away as five hundred meters by 1940. The Germans HAD them.
-Kammhuber was BRILLIANT. Harris and company, not so much.
Self-evident from the way he reacted to WINDOW.
-The Lancaster should have been streamlined at nose and dorsal with the removal of the gun turrets, with less drag, and reduction of crew-size and unneeded payload burden. If that extra fifty mph gained was possible, then the Lancaster could outrun MOST German night fighters. Cut losses in HALF.
The Halifax squadrons laid on more day missions (The RAF still flew a LOT of those). It's possible the Halifax crews were assigned to those suicide mining missions, so they would scream about the nose turrets, I'm simply not sure if that could be the reason. A slow day bomber needs a nose turret. Night bombers don't.
-Not knowing about Schrage Musik was just about the DUMBEST and most shocking piece of STUPIDITY I've read concerning the RAF high command. The USAAF KNEW. They saw it used on THEM and countered, immediately. What happened?
Did they? when was that?
1943 Black Thursday
OBNW wroteThe big problem with schrage musik was that thier was no defense, belly turrets were useless at night and a night fighter against the ground was all but invisible, hell there are many stories about Heavy bombers missing each other by feet and if you cant see a 4 engine heavy what chance a 2 engine night fighter. The only defense was in radar directed guns, but you hit your point about emitters
What did I say about heat sensors? This is where the MONICA comes in. Once you get a positive, the heat sensor can automatically turn on the gun radar to determine what the bearing threat is. You know that something is beneath you, that is hot enough to be a machine. Voila, the radio-echo ranging sensor comes on and a guns solution track begins. The radar directed gun shoots, automatically as soon as a positive return registers. This was a possible even with the crude tech of 1944.
-As expected the Lancaster was not designed by idiots. It did have more than one bailout hatch, but the hatches were all TOO SMALL. When OR indicated larger hatches were necessary, those were not made for the same reason a larger gun and redesigned turret was not fitted to the Sherman tank, mustn't interrupt production.
OBNW wrote:I find this actual hard to believe for a few reasons, firstly we had a talk by Lanc vets (our local airport was built for Lancs as the factory was next door) and they all said getting to the hatches was the problem not getting out once you were there, the point about the change effecting production was dismissed by one of the plant managers who said it could have easily been done as the structure round both the nose and rear hatch was quite lowly stressed , so if it was quashed as causing production delays then it was by someone not qualified to make that decision
I'll accept the plant manager's word and argue the crew member was right too. Let me suggest a few things.
Just the way that SMALL plane is put together shows me that the travel paths were tight. I note the stringers and ribs are set too close together for anything but small entryways to interrupt the flow of structure integrity. The only possible large escape paths are out through the nose and tail and the canopy. The bomb bay (B-17 and B-24 favorite routes are impossible). Note how the main wing splits the plane in two? Then the tailplane does the same thing? How the bomb bay interrupts the cockpit escape route down?
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