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fluke39
06-14-2003, 03:22 PM
Ok so here's some more WWII trivia to 'break up the monotony' (as someone stated in another thread) of amongst other things 'the P51 should be elected for president' type threads

1) How did the TBF Avenger and B-25 Mitchell get their names?

2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy bombers in the European war, and what bombers were used?

3)Around the time of this raid three groups of B-17's journeyed to England to begin the fledgling 8th Airforce, along with two groups of fighters, one which kept it's original fighters and one which left their original planes behind

a) What fighters were used by the first group?
b) What fighters were left behind by the second?
c) What fighters were adopted by the second?

4) What was the most heavily armed fighter used by the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly unusual about it's armament?

<u>Wonderful Prizes to be had!!</u>

anyone who answers correctly will get their post count increased by one (maybe if they get it wrong too)


right i'm off for a couple of flights round the block in my sesquiplane, i'll be back to see if anyones breezed it in a bit....


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Message Edited on 06/14/0304:20PM by fluke39

fluke39
06-14-2003, 03:22 PM
Ok so here's some more WWII trivia to 'break up the monotony' (as someone stated in another thread) of amongst other things 'the P51 should be elected for president' type threads

1) How did the TBF Avenger and B-25 Mitchell get their names?

2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy bombers in the European war, and what bombers were used?

3)Around the time of this raid three groups of B-17's journeyed to England to begin the fledgling 8th Airforce, along with two groups of fighters, one which kept it's original fighters and one which left their original planes behind

a) What fighters were used by the first group?
b) What fighters were left behind by the second?
c) What fighters were adopted by the second?

4) What was the most heavily armed fighter used by the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly unusual about it's armament?

<u>Wonderful Prizes to be had!!</u>

anyone who answers correctly will get their post count increased by one (maybe if they get it wrong too)


right i'm off for a couple of flights round the block in my sesquiplane, i'll be back to see if anyones breezed it in a bit....


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Message Edited on 06/14/03 04:19PM by fluke39

Message Edited on 06/14/0304:20PM by fluke39

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 03:30 PM
Well, I only know #2. It was a raid by A-20's on July 4th, 1942. I'm not sure of their target, but I remember it was in the book "The Mighty Eighth," by Gerald Astor.

I'm assuming for #1 though that the B-25 was named after Billy Mitchell. (?)

Good Questions.

UN

fluke39
06-14-2003, 04:15 PM
UnterNeub wrote:
Astor.

- I'm assuming for #1 though that the B-25 was named
- after Billy Mitchell. (?)


indeed Billy Mitchell - the 'outspoken advocate of Air power' who was denounced for his belief in the strength and potential of air power in future wars ( IIRC he set up that demonstration with biplane dive bombers and unmanned old destroyer/s which the navy strictly instructed him to attack but not sink - so (eventually) it was sunk! - at least i think that was billy mitchell)

- Well, I only know #2. It was a raid by A-20's on
- July 4th, 1942. I'm not sure of their target, but I
- remember it was in the book "The Mighty Eighth," by
- Gerald

Whoops, sorry i should have written HEAVY Bombers - (i think that is probably right for medium bombers) - i will edit the original.



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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 05:26 PM
Re the fighters: the fighters adopted by the Americans were Spitfires werent they?

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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:09 PM
This damn board... I took 30 minutes composing a detailed answer, and when I clicked "submit" it came back with an error saying "this board doesn't exist" !!! Arrrgghhh



Okay... paraphrasing this time, I'm not going to re-type all the other stuff.

1) The Avenger was named shortly after Pearl Harbor, the name itself was very much in line with the demand for retribution against the Japanese. The Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger lived up to it's name, and then some.

(second half already answered)

2) The first 8th AF bombing raid on Europe was August 17th, 1942. Eleven B-17E's attacked Rouen, France. This is probably not the correct answer to your question though, as it took place *after* the transfer of the fighter groups in question 3.

The first American manned bombing mission took place on June 29th, 1942 when a single RAF Boston with an American crew joined eleven RAF crewed Bostons of 226 Squadron on an attack on the marshalling yards at Hazebrouck, France. On July 4th, 1942, a formation of 12 226 Squadron Bostons, half manned by Americans, attacked German airfields in The Netherlands for the first "official" bombing raid with American crewmen. Two American manned Bostons were lost and a third nearly lost on this raid.

3) The 1st Fighter Group flew P-38 Lightnings, and was the first to arrive in England.

The 31st Fighter Group was flyng P-39D's, but had to leavve them behind when the B-17 group slated to provide navigation to England was transferred to the US west coast (which was then reversed and it went to England anyway to become the first B-17 group there: the 97th Bomb Group).

The 31st got to England by ship, but had no fighters to fly. England provided it with Spitfire Mk. V's.

4) The question is a bit too vague to answer... the most heavily armed RAF fighter?? Single or twin-engined?? (or does it make a difference?? LOL) I don't know... a contender might be the Hurricane Mk. (something) with the 40mm cannon installation.



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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:11 PM
Does #4 perhaps refer to the Mosquito fitted with the 57mm cannon for shipping and U-boat attack? Not sure I'd call that a fighter strictly speaking but maybe it's what you're after.

Funny about those names - Churchill was very big on them, you know, he couldn't remember the letter-number designations (or he didn't want to bother) and got very impatient with people who used them. In his collected letters there are several impatient directives to use the familiar names. One such message ends plaintively, "Pray what are B-25s? P-40s?"

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:12 PM
"4) What was the most heavily armed fighter used by the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly unusual about it's armament?"


No strictly a fighter, but some fighter-version exemplaries of the Mosquito got a 57mm Mollins canon to fight ships, so I would say the Mollins-Mosquito!

Cheers,

fluke39
06-14-2003, 06:30 PM
WWSandMan wrote:
- This damn board... I took 30 minutes composing a
- detailed answer, and when I clicked "submit" it came
- back with an error saying "this board doesn't exist"
- !!! Arrrgghhh

bonus point for spotting one of the many pain in the arses this board sometimes provides for us from time to time, but.....
minus one point for not realizing the browsers back button will sometimes take you back to your original answer! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
-
- Okay... paraphrasing this time, I'm not going to
- re-type all the other stuff.
-
- 1) The Avenger was named shortly after Pearl Harbor,
- the name itself was very much in line with the
- demand for retribution against the Japanese. The
- Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger lived up to it's name, and
- then some.

- (second half already answered)


Absolutely spot on

- 2) The first 8th AF bombing raid on Europe was
- August 17th, 1942. Eleven B-17E's attacked Rouen,
- France. This is probably not the correct answer to
- your question though, as it took place *after* the
- transfer of the fighter groups in question 3.

errr.. sorry for messing people about on this one but it's another answer thats probably right but is wrong..
i don't think the raid was actually <u>in</u> Europe, but was part of the european war <u>as opposed to</u> part ofthe pacific war

- 3) The 1st Fighter Group flew P-38 Lightnings, and
- was the first to arrive in England.

yep

- The 31st Fighter Group was flyng P-39D's, but had to
- leavve them behind when the B-17 group slated to
- provide navigation to England was transferred to the
- US west coast (which was then reversed and it went
- to England anyway to become the first B-17 group
- there: the 97th Bomb Group).

yep again ( i didn't know the info behind that though)

- The 31st got to England by ship, but had no fighters
- to fly. England provided it with Spitfire Mk. V's.

Spot on again (credit to BombTaxi for getting in first on that one )

- 4) The question is a bit too vague to answer... the
- most heavily armed RAF fighter?? Single or
- twin-engined?? (or does it make a difference?? LOL)
- I don't know... a contender might be the Hurricane
- Mk. (something) with the 40mm cannon installation.

good try - i think i should probably say 'most heavily armed' means with the most guns/ordanance of highest calibre
but again this is a bit vague (e.i which is more heavily armed Hurricane with 2 40mm Cannnon or 4 20mm Cannon ? who knows?) OK i'll say Most Heavily armed means carried the most weapons - i think that should give the same answer -
oh and fighter = however many engines - as long as it's a fighter (ei could hold it's own against another fighter - not like say mitchell in attack role)

if you're original answer contains lots of additional info try and ressurect it with the back button and post it I would find it interesting!

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fluke39
06-14-2003, 06:41 PM
CHDT wrote:
- "4) What was the most heavily armed fighter used by
- the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly
- unusual about it's armament?"
-
-
- No strictly a fighter, but some fighter-version
- exemplaries of the Mosquito got a 57mm Mollins canon
- to fight ships, so I would say the Mollins-Mosquito!
-
as did Blind Joe Death in a fashion

sorry chaps although i should give credit here because that mossie possibly had more 'destructive firepower' than the plane i'm after...as in my above post i've clarified what i'm after slightly by basically saying

- "4) What was the most beweaponed fighter used by
- the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly
- unusual about it's armament?"

to give a very strong clue the mossie's normal armament(not bomber version) is very close to the armament of the aircraft i'm after
(perhaps also like you refer to the mossie CHDT some may consider not 'strictly' a fighter as it is probably not as maneveurable as planes such as spitfire or 109, it is probably more accurately refered to as a strike/night fighter (amongst other things))


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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:45 PM
So, the Whirlwind, 4 20mm cannons, but all concentrated in the nose!

Cheers,

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:48 PM
Or the Hurri with two 40mm, but it was a tank-buster.

Cheers,

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:50 PM
fluke39 wrote:
- 4) What was the most heavily armed fighter used by
- the RAF, what was its armament and what was slightly
- unusual about it's armament?

i'd say the fighter versions of the Mossie 4 20MM cannons and 4 .50 MG's (i'm not 100% sure if they were 50 cals)


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fluke39
06-14-2003, 06:51 PM
CHDT wrote:
- So, the Whirlwind, 4 20mm cannons, but all
- concentrated in the nose!
-

also Hurri 2 40mm

No sorry ( u were closer before)
(p.s Check edit on my last post near bottom - is another clue)


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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 06:57 PM
i'd say the fighter versions of the Mossie 4 20MM cannons and 4 .50 MG's (i'm not 100% sure if they were 50 cals)

how close am i?/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:05 PM
Hehehe.. trust me, I tried the "back" button method... but once I got the "board doesn't exist" message and went "back", my original text was mysteriously missing from the type-box. It's lost in cyber space now... /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I figured the Aug17, '42 Rouen raid was too easy an answer...

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fluke39
06-14-2003, 07:05 PM
fokkerg.1 wrote:
- i'd say the fighter versions of the Mossie 4 20MM
- cannons and 4 .50 MG's (i'm not 100% sure if they
- were 50 cals)
-
- how close am i?

Very Very close

the plane i'm after is similar in many respects (it's wasn't wooden though! and they didn't have Merlin engines, well a few did but not the main production models, it also carried out similar roles as the mosquito) it's just got a few more guns

come on people! well, i suppose it was nowhere near as well known as the mosquito.

edit- sorry bout that Sandman -i'll reinstate the point i took off you! it is a bit fickle isn't it - what i usually do if i'm writing a long post is either copy it onto the clipboard before i post, or write it in /copy it into MSWord - that insures you a bit against losing it /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

also i'm glad someones remembered no-ones got this yet:

2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy bombers in the European war, and what bombers were used?

Clue - it is a very well known attack ( also, as stated in post above - European war does not neccessarily mean European theatre - could be mediterranean etc../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif )


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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:12 PM
fluke39 wrote:
-
- fokkerg.1 wrote:
-- i'd say the fighter versions of the Mossie 4 20MM
-- cannons and 4 .50 MG's (i'm not 100% sure if they
-- were 50 cals)
--
-- how close am i?
-
- Very Very close
-
- the plane i'm after is similar in many respects
- (it's wasn't wooden though! and they didn't have
- Merlin engines, well a few did but not the main
- production models, it also carried out similar roles
- as the mosquito) it's just got a few more guns
-
- come on people! well, i suppose it was nowhere near
- as well known as the mosquito

the Bristol Beaufighter? 4 20MM cannons and 6 .303 MG's (again not 100% sure about the MG's)
it played a keyrole as a nightfighter in late BoB. it also did anti shipping missions

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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:15 PM
Merlin powered night-fighter variant of the Beaufighter, used mainly by Polish squadrons!

Cheers,

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:21 PM
If it was the Beaufighter, then the unussual thing about it's armament was that it was asymetrical; it features two 0.30's on one wing, and four on the other.

However, there was a variant of the Spitfire that carried six 20mm cannons, so the Beaufighter may be trumped there.

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fluke39
06-14-2003, 07:24 PM
fokkerg.1 wrote:

the Bristol Beaufighter? 4 20MM cannons and 6 .303
MG's (again not 100% sure about the MG's)
it played a keyrole as a nightfighter in late BoB.
it also did anti shipping missions

CHDT wrote:

Merlin powered night-fighter variant of the Beaufighter,
used mainly by Polish squadrons!

BINGO!!

'Twas the Centaurus engined Beaufighter - although the armament is not quite right

can anyone tell me what the exact armament was and what was slightly odd about it?
or shall i tell you?

(p.s still question number 2 to get)

EDIT - sorry Harry Voyager - u got in there when i was writing this - bang on! altough it actually had 7 .303's as there was one in the ventral 'turret'.
i have not heard of the six cannon spit though, was it post-war?


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XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:30 PM
Nah, probably Hispano canons and the standard British 7.7

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 07:36 PM
The Beau didn't have a ventral gun position. It had a dorsal one. (Omitted in later marks.) I assume that was what you meant to type but let's not confuse the readers.

Ever seen a Beau close up? There's one in the RAF Museum at Hendon. Awesome.

Somebody described the Beau as "a pair of bloody huge engines with an airframe in hot pursuit."

XyZspineZyX
06-14-2003, 08:04 PM
"The Beau didn't have a ventral gun position"

Sorry, but you're wrong, 4 20mm cannons just under the nose.

Cheers,

fluke39
06-14-2003, 08:32 PM
Blind_Joe_Death wrote:
- The Beau didn't have a ventral gun position. It had
- a dorsal one. (Omitted in later marks.) I assume
- that was what you meant to type but let's not
- confuse the readers.

don't assume it makes an *** out of you /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif (and me)

yeah sorry i meant dorsal - and it's not really a turret just a flexible mount type thing cupola or something like that. The navigators position was present in all marks - the Vickers K gun was only added in later marks.
CHDT i'm not sure whether its considered ventral or not does ventral mean underneath or underneath and to the rear a bit ? i don't really know

anyway sorry but i still havn't named the full armament because in addition to the 4 20mm and 7 .303in it could also carry 8 Rockets, a torp or 2 250lb bombs
i'd love to see one close up - i think they're excellent aircraft and for the part they played, very much underated and unknown outside 'specialist' circles.
my personal favourite description of the beau which i've seen a couple of times is 'Pugnacious Destroyer'
in fact i like the beau so much i think i might have to become a 'Beauwhiner' hehehe.... watch this space!

no one going to have another stab at question 2 then?





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fluke39
06-15-2003, 02:16 PM
Just to give those who are interested the answer to:

2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy
bombers in the European war, and what bombers were
used?

This was the raid on the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania the bombers were Consolidated Liberators B-24D's on 11th June 1942



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XyZspineZyX
06-15-2003, 03:45 PM
fluke39 wrote:

- 2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy
- bombers in the European war, and what bombers were
- used?


Aug. 17, 1942 (a few minutes after 5 pm) - 12 B17E of 97th BG attack the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, near the channel coast in northern France.

They flew under heavy escort by RAF Spitfire Vs.

The attack was lead by Col. Paul Tibbets who would later fly the first atomic mission in history against Hiroshima.

His B-17 was called "Butcher Shop".

The 12 B-17 dropped 36,900lbs of bombs.

Six B-17 also fly a diversionary run west along the French coast.

No losses.




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fluke39
06-15-2003, 05:45 PM
fluke39 wrote:

Just to give those who are interested the answer to:

2) What was the first raid conducted by US heavy

bombers in the European war, and what bombers were

used?


This was the raid on the Ploesti Oil Refineries in
Rumania the bombers were Consolidated Liberators
B-24D's on 11th June 1942



as far as i know this was the first raid that was (to quote one of my previous posts) "part of the european war as opposed to part of the pacific war"

i know i may be wrong but the date given above is earlier than the date given for the raid on rouen



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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 12:38 PM
The first -disastrous- Ploesti raid was Aug 1, 1943. A full year AFTER the Rouen, France raid by 8th AF bombers.

http://www.b17sam.com/ploesti.html

(a Google search for "Ploesti" delivered many pages of hits, this one just struck me as neat with the actual mission pics)


In my original post that was lost in cyberspace, I had mentioned that the Beaufighter as a possible winner for "most heavily armed fighter" of the RAF... wish I had remembered to include that line in my re-post. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif


I like the trivia though, keep it up!

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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 12:46 PM
HarryVoyager wrote:
- However, there was a variant of the Spitfire that
- carried six 20mm cannons, so the Beaufighter may be
- trumped there.

Sorry Harry. If I remember right (the book is at my dad's house, I'll check when I'm there next), but the 6 cannon spit was only a mock up. It never actually flew with 6 cannon in the wings. (The Spitfire Story, Alfred Price)

I think it was a Griffon engined version, but I'm not too sure.

NewS.

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XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 02:09 PM
One of the Beaufighter marks (21, I think) had
4 20mm cannon, and 4 .50s. This would give it
a heavier armament than the normal armament, and
twice that of the typical late war Spitfire.

XyZspineZyX
06-16-2003, 06:21 PM
The first raid on Ploiesti was in June 1942, not August 1943, although the August '43 is better known. The first raid was known as the 'Halpro' raid, if I remember correctly. A few Halpro men also participated in the Aug. '43 raid.

XyZspineZyX
06-17-2003, 12:47 PM
This is why I like the trivia questions. Just learned something new! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Refer to this history of the 376th Bomb Group (Heavy): http://www.376hbgva.com/history2.htm

This is a quote from that page: "Their first combat mission was a 13 bomber attack on the Ploesti refineries, on June 12, 1942."

Great question, Fluke39, and thanks for the confirmation of the correct answer Bula.

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