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Plelv44_Mangrov
02-05-2008, 01:21 PM
Once again I came, I saw, and I copied. From the National Archives Service Sönäinen Bureau (aka Military Archives of Finland).

Finnish Messerschmitts had hard time shooting down the A-20G (A-20G-1-DO with/without 20mm) which appeared to the Gulf of Finland in spring 1943.

Finnish top ace Ilmari Juutilainen (94 victories) used 30x20mm and 120x7,92mm to shoot down one on 26th July 1943. They were flying high (normally at 6000 meters) and fast so the Finnish pilots had to know where to shoot and also hit there fast and hard. Fortunately to the Finns they had a chance to inspect one after they managed to shoot it down on 14th October 1943 over Hiitola.

On 29th October the HQ of Flying Regiment 3 gave an order how to shoot down those "Boston IIIs" as the Finns recognized them.


Lentorykmentti 3:n Esikunta
Koskee: Bosto III konetta
29.10.43

Koneen arimman kohdan muodostavat keskellä olevat suojaamatomat runkosäiliöt. Moottoreihin suoraan takaa ammutut sarjat ovat osoittautuneet tehottomiksi, joten niihin on yritettävä ampua joko takaa alhaalta tai suurella kulmalla ylhäältä, mikä on harvoin mahdollista.

Kapteeni K. Linnamaa
Vänrikki E. Somervalli



HQ of Flying Regiment 3
Concerns: Boston III
29.10.43

The fuselage fuel tanks at the center of the plane are the most vulnerable parts at the plane. Firing directly behind the engine have been proved ineffective, so one must try to shoot behind from below or with high angle from above (which is rarely possible).

Capt. K. Linnamaa
2nd Ltn. E. Somervalli

Source: File T-14285/4.

Schwarz.13
02-05-2008, 02:57 PM
Originally posted by Plelv44_Mangrov:
The fuselage fuel tanks at the center of the plane are the most vulnerable parts at the plane. Firing directly behind the engine have been proved ineffective, so one must try to shoot behind from below or with high angle from above (which is rarely possible).

Interesting. Does anyone know if this is modelled correctly in the game?

VW-IceFire
02-05-2008, 04:13 PM
Our wings are a bit on the fragile side so we often don't find out. The A-20 in the game seems to have very well protected fuel tanks...not sure the last time I got a fuel tank leak that caused a fire. So the game is probably doing it right...the fuselage and engines are relatively strong.

carts
02-05-2008, 04:18 PM
In game,the vunerable spot seems to be the fuselage,just aft of the top gunner,a deflection shot at that area seems to work.

Plelv44_Mangrov
02-06-2008, 09:51 AM
The metals that made up the captured A-20G. Much of the rear part of the plane is 13% steel or 13% Duralumin. Teräs = steel.

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7567/92125205dd3.jpg

MOH_MADMAN
02-06-2008, 10:43 AM
top down attack at forward wing roots have been very effective.
esp w the 109 F4 20mm cannon