B-17, B-24, or Lancaster

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  1. elmilitaro

    elmilitaro Member

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    Which is these was the best bomber during WW2, in your opinion. :)
     
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    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    B24 of course!
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Oh Jesus, we've had this argument for 2 years now...
     
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    LOL, here we go again...!
     
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    Don't forget the Halifax!

    The way I see it:

    Unescorted Day Bomber: B-17 (better ceiling and defensive firepower than Lanc/Halifax, better survivability than B-24)

    Escorted Day Bomber: Lancaster (better bombload, faster cruising speed than either B-17 or B-24)

    Night Bomber: Lancaster

    Maratime Patrol Bomber: Halifax III or PB4Y-2
     
  7. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    we've covered this subjest at great length and as much as i enjoy talking about it, i don't think others want to be subjected to it again :lol:

    also any un-escorted bomber during daylight will be shot down in large numbers and no one will tell you otherwise, the only notable exception is the mosquito..........

    btw, the lancaster is the superior aircraft in almost every respect.........
     
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    The facts were clear the B24 was tied with the Lanc for 2nd place (overall) and the B24 was clearly the superior of the two in the PTO/CBI.
     
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    yeah 'cos they really stopped them getting shot down ;) besides i never denied the american bombers had more/better guns.........

    and sys you proved nothing ;)
     
  11. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    I more than proved my points.
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    which points exactily?
     
  13. Erich

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    you guys have heard of the word Perfectos being used by Mossie nf's for running across German nf's ........... yes ?
     
  14. Henk

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    The B-24 sug, the Lancaster is also not so good as the B-17. The B-17 were the best of the three.

    Henk
     
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    Henk, the B17 had an inferior range and bomb load compared with the other two.
     
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    Maybe, but who had the best defence against fighters. I would rather fly in the B-17 than the other two. The bomb laod of the B-17 was not so bad.

    Henk
     
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    Bombers were no match for fighters. The B-17 and the B-24 had about equal firepower.
     
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    But wich one would you chose mate? You are right when you said that bombers are no match against fighters. The B-17 shot down the most fighter as far as I know and it were very successfull.

    The US knew how to use the B-17, the Brits did not know how to use it and thus had to learn from the US.

    Henk
     
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    they were all dog meat unescorted, and at night the Lanc was about equal with the Halibag. B-17 had a higher altitiude perfomrance than the B-24, but so what the Luftwaffe Flak and Luftw. pilots didn't care
     
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    Yep, wich one is your best bomber of the three?

    Henk
     
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