Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Mutant Poodle, Mar 23, 2004.
The Mosquito fighter bomber.
The Stuka dive bomber.
The Mitsubishi torpedo bomber.
The Mosquito FB.Mk.VI was of course one of the most successful anti-shipping aircraft in WWII, but in my opinion it was the Bristol Beaufighter ( the Mk.Ic, the Mk.VIc and the ASV radar equipped TF.Mk.X ) that served its purpose best.
Personally I wouldn´t include the Ju 87 among the more successful anti-shipping aircraft. The Ju 88 and the Ju 188 were in any case better suited to the task. Different versions of the Dornier Do 217, which could carry a range of different anti-shipping weapons including the Fritz-X and Hs 293, also proved to be successful in their roles.
Beaufighters strike :
Wow nice picture.
There was a program on the History Channel solely dedicated to the Mosquito Fighter bomber, and there was a bit of wartime footage of this aircraft attacking a frieghter in a Norwiegen Fjord. Apparently when the artillery piece fires it would actually slow the plane down due to the continuous recoil. Then the 20mm guns would open up and shred the deck to pieces.
The only thing I could think of was those poor bastards!
Yup, that 57mm Molins high-velocity gun was a real killer. You wouldn't like that coming at you, friend or foe.
what about the fairey swordfish they helped destroy the bismarck and the did loads of damage to the italian fleet
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear how only 21 swordfish against all odds managed to serioulsy damage 7 ships, of which 3 where state of the art battleships.
as a matter of fact, the damage inflicted by the stringbags, on the Bismarck , did not have anything to do with the sinking, only disable the rudder and in doing so disable the ship and the rest is history
But without the stringbags, the King George the V battlegroup woulnd't have been able to catch up to Bismarc. Again, the same slow obsolete stringbags took out half the Italian fleet at Taranto.
But it did work, right. It or they did contribute to the sinking of the Bismark by damaging its rudder.
Sorry, I forgot to mention it was the raid on Taranto I was speaking of.
The real shipping war was in the Pacific. And the damage there was done by B-25's, A-20's, the Danutless SBD dive bomber and Avenger TBF torpedo bomber. But I have to admit I love the Beaufighter and Mosquito. The success of the Swordfish at Taranto, and against the Bismarck, had a lot to do with poor AA. The Taranto raid was a night attack as well. The Italian BBs, like those at Pearl Harbor were hardly state of the art in any case.
Judging by results only, the Dauntless would be the ultimate anti-shipping aircraft of WWII, as it was responsible for sinking more enemy ships than any other aircraft.
Yep. And the B-25 Mitchell was no slouch, either.
A 75mm gun was designed for the B-25 as an anti-shipping weapon. Apparently the plane stood still when it was fired. The gun was later modified and used in the M24 Chaffee light tank. I wonder how the B-25 would have done as an anti-tank aircraft?
The B-25F varient with it's twelve forward firing 50 cals turned any head on fighter into dust.
The Grumman Avenger was also excellent in the antishipping role. Definitely the best torpedo plane the war saw.
I believe you are correct in this statement.
Mosquitto FB XVIII (Tse- Tse) - shot down a Ju88 when one wandered in front of its 57mm Mollins gun
The Swordfish succeeded against the Italians because it took them completely by surprise.
The Swordfish succeeded in a lot of missions; for an obsolescent design, it was remarkably versatile. One can question the FAA's wisdom in asking for, and accepting for service, a biplane in 1938, but the results, remarkably enough in this instance, speak for themselves.
Did the Swordfish ever operate in an environment where it met fighter opposition? Not against the Bismarck or at Taranto or against the French.