Awesome...Mosquito with 57mm autocannon.

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  1. CharlesBronson

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    Wow, awesome! They could really bring the pain. I never knew they carried the 6-pounder. Couple that with the 20mm cannons and rockets and you have some intense firepower.
     
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    Hey...Hey! Very cool! I've always liked the Mosquito but now I like it a bit more!

    thanks

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    Cool video.
     
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    Great video M8, thanks. :)
     
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    A little more info.

    Untitled Document
     
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    Impressive....:)
     
  9. CharlesBronson

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    I wonder how the gunsight was calibrated in this aircraft, the gun dindt follow the axis of the fuselage, is tilted down.

    [​IMG]
     
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    What was most striking was the inherent inaccuracy in the video of most of the rocket firings. They missed by 300-800ft in most salvos. Wonder what the strike percentage was on a per sortie basis.
     
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    #11 CharlesBronson, Sep 20, 2007
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    The accuracy of the rockets was 5% according to most sources, always surparsed by even the worst of the cannons. :rolleyes:

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    While I am always jealous of your dual language capability, can you give an explanation of "always suparsed by even the worst of the cannons". I think I kinda get it, but would appreciate further explanation. Thanks, CB.
     
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    I mean that the most inaccurate cannon had better accuracy than the fin stabilized rockets.

    Happy now? 8)
     
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    Yes, thanks. Bueno. Lo siento.
     
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    I was going to post the exact same thing. You can see the 6 pounder striking the ships but the rockets fall harmlessly in the water.
     
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    I wasn't sure if it was discipline or just plain inherent weapon shortcomings. I'm sure in the heat of battle some just wanted to unload the get the hell out of there. But in other runs, it looked like they were just crap inherent accuracy.
     
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    An extract from Flying Guns – World War 2: Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1933-45:

    "In contrast, one direct hit with a bomb or 60 lb RP meant certain destruction for the heaviest tank. However, their accuracy left a lot to be desired. Even under practice conditions, the hit rate for the RPs against tanks was no better than 5%. This was graphically illustrated by a demonstration put on by Typhoons against a captured Panther tank placed in the middle of an open field, helpfully painted white with large red crosses on it to make sure the pilots could see it. Of the 64 RPs fired (launched in a typical steep dive at ranges of 750-900 m), only three hit the tank. In battle, RP accuracy was considerably worse than this, with the official British calculation of hit probability against a single tank being 0.5% (in other words, 200 RPs had to be fired for each hit). Furthermore, some 20 – 30% of RP warheads failed to explode.

    This fall in accuracy experienced in action may be attributed to the curious trajectory of the RP, which first dropped below the line of sight and then accelerated as the rocket motor took effect before it dropped again. Because of this it was generally desirable to fire them at a range of between 900-1,800 m. They were also very susceptible to side winds, with a mere 15 km/h wind being enough to miss the aiming mark by nearly 5 m, and the aircraft had to be absolutely steady at the instant of launching. This meant that a pilot needed a very cool and calculating head to ensure reasonable accuracy, something that was difficult to achieve in the heat of battle. It is worth noting that high-velocity cannon did not suffer from this problem, so would have experienced a much less significant fall-off in accuracy under combat conditions. RP accuracy was helped to some extent late in 1944 by the introduction of the modified Mk.IID gyro sight with calibrations suited to the RP. This presumably accounted in part for a measured improvement in the average RP miss distance between 1944 and 1945, from 57 m to just under 40 m.

    The greatest accuracy was achieved in a near-vertical dive as this minimised the trajectory quirks, but this left the Typhoon visible to the usually accurate light FlaK, so many pilots preferred to attack at tree-top height, firing at distances as close as 500 m. This is curious given that theoretical British studies of different attack angles concluded that a low level (less than 30 m altitude) attack was eight times as dangerous in terms of exposure to AAA as a sixty-degree dive, but it is possible that a very low approach, using terrain, trees and buildings to mask the view of the AA gunners, might have had advantages."
     
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    CHARLES BRONSON ,

    DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF MOSQUITOS WITH MOLLINS CANNON, MACHINES GUNS AND ROCKETS ?
     
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    This was never clear to me until I started researching this. The RP projective is actually very innacurate. This video was more than proof to me where Beaufighters are attacking ships in Norwegian fjords. While the 20mm is dead on, the RPs are notoriously innacurate.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auHYZrNK9wk
     
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    You mean a 57mm armed Mossie plus bombs and rockets ?

    I havent, but ask Tony W, probably he got some to share.
     
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