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jadger
12-19-2007, 12:33 AM
So, the Germans stacked their bombs vertically and released them that way, creating a tumbling bomb when dropped. The allies on the other hand carried the bombs horizontally and the bombs fell without tumbling. I was just wondering which method was better? by better meaning both accuracy and percentage of bombs that detonated (all other factors being equal).

The-Pizza-Man
12-19-2007, 01:13 AM
I would suspect that a non tumbling bomb would have a more predictable path and consequently be easier to aim.

joejoemonkey
12-19-2007, 01:28 AM
perhaps a tumbling bomb had less forward inertia and a much shallower arc once dropped?

na85
12-19-2007, 01:42 AM
I've read that the tallboys (or was it the grand slams?) were VERY easy to aim, and they loaded horizontally.

I think it's all in the design of the bomb itself, and has less to do with the attitude at which it's released.

JG53Frankyboy
12-19-2007, 04:17 AM
Originally posted by jadger:
So, the Germans stacked their bombs vertically and released them that way, creating a tumbling bomb when dropped. The allies on the other hand carried the bombs horizontally and the bombs fell without tumbling. I was just wondering which method was better? by better meaning both accuracy and percentage of bombs that detonated (all other factors being equal).

that was done only in the He111 bombbays.
and it was a bad idea - the accuracy of bombing was worser than with horizontal released bombs.

jadger
12-19-2007, 09:50 AM
what about detonation then? where tumbling bombs more or less likely to detonate on impact than horizontally released bombs? again assuming all other factors being equal.

jarink
12-19-2007, 11:59 AM
I think the reason the He-111 loaded (and dropped) bombs vertically was to enable larger bombs to be carried. The bomb-bay was taller than it was long.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

jadger
12-19-2007, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by jarink:
I think the reason the He-111 loaded (and dropped) bombs vertically was to enable larger bombs to be carried. The bomb-bay was taller than it was long.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

There was a walk-way in the middle of the HE-111 as the bombs were stacked vertically along the fuselage sides, so crew could walk between the bombs on the sides. They could have easily added another row in the middle for even more bombs, but didnt http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Cajun76
12-19-2007, 12:37 PM
Well, they only tumbled in the initial stage, not all the way down. However, the tumbling nature of the release would effect accuracy, I would think.

As for the 617, they had a number of aids to improve accuracy over conventional Lancs, including specialized target marking by Mosquitos, radio beam directed release points and other innovations like dive bombing their four engine behemoths. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

berg417448
12-19-2007, 01:52 PM
The bombs shown on this video (starting at 2:04)seem to settle down pretty quickly after some initial wobbling.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-52178146392582...ype=search&plindex=5 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5217814639258297810&q=he-111+bombing&total=27&start=10&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=5)

jadger
12-20-2007, 12:16 AM
is this modeled in game? I usually only play as a jagdgeschwader pilot and not a HE111 pilot.