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Aero_Shodanjo
01-03-2006, 08:14 AM
Cant help but wondering after re-reading the book about Batlle of Britain. In one page there is a famous quote by a Fighter Command pilot when the ground control asked him if he has made contact with the (IIRC) "20 plus" bandits, Im sure many ppl here knows:

"of course I've seen the b-b-b-b@st@rds, Im trying to find out what to do..." (again, IIRC)

There were hundreds of LW bombers and their escorts heading their way.

Anyway, Im curious what was the largest aerial battle in one day that happened in the WWII?

Lazy312
01-03-2006, 08:25 AM
I think at Kursk but I am not 100% sure..

snafu73
01-03-2006, 08:32 AM
I believe the air battle over the ill-fated Dieppe landings was one of the largest in the western theatre, no doubt the blood bath on the ground has rendered the air battle on the day slightly 'forgotten'.

Saunders1953
01-03-2006, 08:44 AM
Late war, 8th AAF over Berlin???????

TX-Gunslinger
01-03-2006, 08:49 AM
Probably depends on how you count.

I'd pick Schwienfurt I and II, Regensburg or one of the large B-17/24 attacks on Berlin.

More than one thousand bombers and fighters on the U.S. side and 400plus on the German.

The Schwienfurt raids were fought from France to Germany, then Germany back through France. Huge battlespace.

In late 44 and early 45, typical 8th AF missions would contain as many as 700-900 fighters and the same number of bombers.

S~

BSS_CUDA
01-03-2006, 08:50 AM
my guess would be the first 1000 bomber raid over Cologne

neural_dream
01-03-2006, 09:03 AM
The largest air battle was the Battle of Britain. What's interesting is which day included most aircraft and that would probably be Cologne. 1047 bombers would be enough I suppose (May 30, 1942). Plus 113 other Allied aircraft not used for bombing.

Aero_Shodanjo
01-03-2006, 09:14 AM
So it's between the 8th AAF raid against Germany in 44-45, and the Cologne raid ...

1000+ bombers not including the escorts and with 400+ opposing LW fighters of all types... Wow...

What kind of PC that will be able to recreate such scenario in this sim or BoB? I mean, I really eager to feel the thrill and terrors of that single day when you have to face hundreds even thousands of enemy planes...

Anyway thanks folks, but I still curious about other "largest single day aerial battle" in WWII. Any other opinions?

Dunkelgrun
01-03-2006, 09:16 AM
19 August 1942 - Dieppe.

The RAF flew 2,955 sorties; the Luftwaffe approximately 945.

3,900 sorties in one day; it probably has to be the largest in Europe at least.

Cheers!

crazyivan1970
01-03-2006, 10:37 AM
On the Eastern Front it was Battle of Kuban

Kurfurst__
01-03-2006, 11:40 AM
22nd June 1941.

Think about it, on that single day, more enemy aircraft was destoryed than in the entire 3+ months of the Battle of Britain...

darkhorizon11
01-03-2006, 11:44 AM
For a battle (but not necessarily a single day or moment) I would think the Ardenne Offensive from Xmas 44 to New Years 45! Once the weather broke on Xmas the Allies launched a raid against the Germans, about 1400 USAAC and 1000 RAF bombers (not including escorting fighters). The LW responded with a few hundred aircraft of its own. On Jan. 1, 1945 the LW launched operation Bodenplotte with about 800 aircraft. Successfully destroying more than 400 Allied aircraft but losing 215 aircraft and a precious 91 pilots.

Remember the LW was more powerful (numerically) at this point in the war than when it began!

LEBillfish
01-03-2006, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by Aero_Shodanjo:
What kind of PC that will be able to recreate such scenario in this sim or BoB? I mean, I really eager to feel the thrill and terrors of that single day when you have to face hundreds even thousands of enemy planes...

Well, we can already fit 128 people in one mission....or did you not read the read me?
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