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Stuka G Series

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  1. STURMTRUPPEN

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    I Was After Info On The G Series Stuka Which Was Used For Anti Tank Purposes
    Could Any Member Please Help With Info And Pics
     
  2. PzJgr

    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    [h=3]From Wikipedia

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    Ju 87 G-2 "Kanonenvogel" with its twinBordkanone BK 3,7, 37 mm underwing gun pods.​

    With the G variant, the aging airframe of the Ju 87 found new life as an anti-tank aircraft. This was the final operational version of theStuka, and was deployed on the Eastern Front. The reverse in German military fortunes after 1943 and the appearance of huge numbers of well-armoured Soviet tanks caused Junkers to adapt the existing design to combat this new threat. The Hs 129B had proved a potent ground attack weapon, but its large fuel tanks made it vulnerable to enemy fire, prompting the RLM to say "that in the shortest possible time a replacement of the Hs 129 type must take place."[SUP][66][/SUP] With Soviet tanks the priority targets, the development of a further variant as a successor to the Ju 87D began in November 1942. On 3 November, Erhard Milch raised the question of replacing the Ju 87, or redesigning it altogether. It was decided to keep the design as it was, but to upgrade the powerplant to a Jumo 211J, and add two 30 mm (1.18 in) cannon. The variant was also designed to carry a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) free-fall bomb load. Furthermore, the armoured protection of the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was copied - a feature pioneered by the 1916-17 origin Junkers J.I of World War I Imperial Germany'sLuftstreitkräfte - to protect the crew from ground fire now that the Ju 87 would be required to conduct low level attacks.[SUP][67][/SUP]
    Hans-Ulrich Rudel, a Stuka ace, had suggested using two 37 mm (1.46 in) Flak 18 guns, each one in a self-contained under-wing gun pod, as the Bordkanone BK 3,7, after achieving success against Soviet tanks with the 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon. These gun pods were fitted to a Ju 87 D-1, W.Nr 2552 as "Gustav the tank killer". The first flight of the machine took place on 31 January 1943, piloted by Hauptmann Hans-Karl Stepp.[SUP][65][/SUP] The continuing problems with about two dozens of the Ju 88P-1, and slow development of the Hs 129 B-3, each of them equipped with a large Bordkanone BK 7,5 cm (2.95 in) cannon in a conformal gun pod beneath the fuselage, meant the Ju 87G was put into production. In April 1943, the first production Ju 87 G-1s were delivered to front line units.[SUP][65][/SUP] The two 37 mm (1.46 in) cannons were mounted in under-wing gun pods, each loaded with a six-round magazine of armour-piercing tungsten carbide ammunition. With these weapons, theKanonenvogel ("cannon-bird"), as it was nicknamed, proved spectacularly successful in the hands of Stuka aces such as Rudel. The G-1 was converted from older D-series airframes, retaining the smaller wing, but without the dive brakes. The G-2 was similar to the G-1 except for use of the extended wing of the D-5. 208 G-2s were built and at least a further 22 more were converted from D-3 airframes.[SUP][68][/SUP]
    Only a handful of production Gs were committed in the Battle of Kursk. On the opening day of the offensive, Hans-Ulrich Rudel flew the only "official" Ju 87 G, although a significant number of Ju 87D variants were fitted with the 37 mm (1.46 in) cannon, and operated as unofficial Ju 87 Gs before the battle. In June 1943, the RLM ordered 20 Ju 87Gs as production variants.[SUP][69][/SUP] The G-1 later influenced the design of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, with Hans Rudel's book, Stuka Pilot being required reading for all members of the A-X project.[SUP][70]

    A You tube video

    STUKA JU 87 G type - Tank buster! - YouTube

    And some pics

    ju 87g - Google Search


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    Don´t recall if anyone else handled this "bird" as well as Rudel with the cannons under each wing. 5-6 shots per plane is not much and I´d reckon you have to have some kinda fighter protection because you have to fly really slow to be able to shoot the tanks in the rear. Flak would shoot you down fast as well, I think.
     
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    Thanks For The Info Guys
     

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