aerial minesweepers

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  1. maxs75

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    I read that during WWII RAF had some planes for minesweping. They were not entirely succesful because they weren't able to mark the swept path.
    Can I have info about how that system worked and if possible have some images?

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    Max
     
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    I believe they are talking about magnetic mines. They could "sweep" them by flying an airplane over them with a large magnet at very low level. Put out the same field that a ship would produce if it went by the mine. The idea was to detonate them from the airborne platform. In theory, the mine explodes and nobody is hurt. I have seen pictures of Wellington's with the sweeping gear on them. Looks like a big circular pole that extends from the nose, out to both wingtips and to the tail.
     
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    this is true, and the Americans and Germans nicked the idea for a bit as well ;)
     
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    Weren't some Sunderlands equipped with this gear?
     
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    i believe it was only the Wellington.........
     
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    Thanks for the answers.

    Do You know if this work was done by entire squadrons, or maybe only by special planes part of ASW/patrol squadrons?

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    As for the germans: by entire squadrons. Best known plane for this task was Ju 52 (MS) "Mausi-Staffel". But also BV 138 and Ju 86 and others were used.
     
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    All that metal hanging off the airframes must've made the airplanes a bear to fly. Most of the early war aircraft weren't particularly good with the power involved anyway. To add to it all, I imagine there was the odd mine that went off under the airplane. Not good.
     
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    Two pic of Ju52.
    source unknown:
     

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    they also had "anti barrage ballon" type setup that also used the metal beams in front of the aircraft that looked sort of similar i'v heared of a Ju-88 and JU-52 that had this done
     
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    And there two pics of Wellington MkIc equipped with DWI

    source :Squadron/signal publications,Aircraft no.76,Wellington in action.
     

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    Hi Wurger, it's possible for you scanner the first 10 pages of Wellington MkIc squadron signal (the book), because I searched for many time this book, I haven't find this (attention: If possible:lol: ).

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    Bullo Loris
     
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    Something like this?
    Ballonabweiser
     
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    heres two images - one has already been posted...
     

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    Interesting aircraft. It looks like the Ju-52 is inside a hula hoop...
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: A good joke HD.!
     
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    There is a pic of fixed ring at a front part of the Ju-52 fuselage.
    Source unknown.
     

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    No really, it looks like a huge hula hoop hanging on the Ju-52 in a few of those photos. They even call it a ring in one of the things though the rest is in German so unsure of the rest...
     
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    You are right, it looks exactly like a huge hula hoop.A good expression. This has made me jolly :lol:
     
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    Didn't the Allies try this on a B-24?
     
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