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Capt._Tenneal
04-23-2004, 11:18 AM
Lost in all the talk of planes, Japanese jets, A-bombs, maps, weather, water, carrier elevators, etc. that we have had since PF was announced is this weapon that was prominently mentioned in the press release. Luthier even mentioned (I think) training tracks for these. So let this be the thread for all parafrag talk.

Let me start : what are they and how are they used ? I'll admit I don't know much about them. Maybe Luthier or some other knowledgable fans can shed some light on these. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Capt._Tenneal
04-23-2004, 11:18 AM
Lost in all the talk of planes, Japanese jets, A-bombs, maps, weather, water, carrier elevators, etc. that we have had since PF was announced is this weapon that was prominently mentioned in the press release. Luthier even mentioned (I think) training tracks for these. So let this be the thread for all parafrag talk.

Let me start : what are they and how are they used ? I'll admit I don't know much about them. Maybe Luthier or some other knowledgable fans can shed some light on these. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Bobsqueek
04-23-2004, 11:39 AM
its a bomb on a parachute basically

you can drop it at low heigt and its slow decent will mean by the time it hits the gorund, your plane will be long gone so it wont be damaged by the blast http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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yerpalal
04-23-2004, 11:41 AM
Parafrags were small, (25 lb I think), fragementation bombs with a small parachute attached to slow the descent. They were dropped at low altitude and very high speed allowing for great coverage and accuracy and the dropping aircraft to clear the area before detonation. they were used exensvely in the Pacific and were devastating in airfield raids.

There is a story about the first use of them which was even more effctive than normal due to the defending Japanese infantry upon seeing the parachutes, thought the aircraft were dropping paratroops and so the defending infantry ran out of cover to defend against them.

Bad idea.

DONB3397
04-24-2004, 09:07 AM
I believe B-25s were the primary delivery system for this ordnance, flying at low altitudes to avoid detection and coming in from the sea when possible. Effective tactic. I agree, it would be good to have them.

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Bobsqueek
04-24-2004, 11:17 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by yerpalal:
Parafrags were small, (25 lb I think)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I reckon parafrags were bigger than that, just normal GP bombs with a parachute attached

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Sharpe26
04-24-2004, 11:20 AM
Interestingly enough I've seen pictures which lead me to believe they were phosphor bombs of some sort.