Bomb loads

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  1. herman1rg

    herman1rg Well-Known Member

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    This evening following seeing the Lancasters "Thumper" and "Vera" followed by B-17 "Sally B" today at the Duxford airshow (watched from a field just off flight line) I am given to wonder the following.

    Supposing each type also including the Halifax and Liberator were on a mission to Essen in the Ruhr valley and also seperately to Berlin what would the comparative bomb loads carried?

    I throw my thought to the might of the assembled experts.
     
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    For the Lancaster it woudl be 12-14,000lb for either target. But also depends on type of target - less weight is carried if more incendiaries are used.

    Bomb Loads


    For the B-17 the Berlin load would most likely be 12 x 500lb or 6 x 1000lb = 6000lb. For the Ruhr they may be able to carry 8000lb - 8 x 1000lb, but I'm not sure whether they coudl carry that weight in 500lb bombs (not enough stations).
     
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    Figures from the British Data Sheets.
    I know the American types are at WWII Aircraft Performance

    [table="width: 500"]
    [tr]
    [td]Type[/td]
    [td]Bombs Carried[/td]
    [td]Fuel Carried[/td]
    [td]Range[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Lancaster I/III[/td]
    [td]14,000 lb[/td]
    [td]1,625 gal[/td]
    [td]1,660 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Lancaster I/III[/td]
    [td]10,000 lb[/td]
    [td]2,150 gal[/td]
    [td]2,250 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Lancaster I/III[/td]
    [td]7,000 lb[/td]
    [td]2,550 gal[/td]
    [td]2,680 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17F[/td]
    [td]12,800 lb[/td]
    [td]870 gal[/td]
    [td]840 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17F[/td]
    [td]8,800 lb[/td]
    [td]1,440 gal[/td]
    [td]1,550 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17F[/td]
    [td]6,400 lb[/td]
    [td]1,770 gal[/td]
    [td]2,050 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17G[/td]
    [td]12,800 lb[/td]
    [td]1,050 gal[/td]
    [td]1,140 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17G[/td]
    [td]10,000 lb[/td]
    [td]1,140 gal[/td]
    [td]1,640 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-17G[/td]
    [td]3,500 lb[/td]
    [td]2,350 gal[/td]
    [td]2,740 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-24D[/td]
    [td]12,800 lb[/td]
    [td]1,310 gal[/td]
    [td]1,290 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-24D[/td]
    [td]8,500 lb[/td]
    [td]1,960 gal[/td]
    [td]2,040 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]B-24D[/td]
    [td]3,500 lb[/td]
    [td]2,350 gal[/td]
    [td]2,470 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Halifax III[/td]
    [td]13,000 lb[/td]
    [td]1,150 gal[/td]
    [td]1,030 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Halifax III[/td]
    [td]7,000 lb[/td]
    [td]1,986 gal[/td]
    [td]1,985 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]Halifax III[/td]
    [td]3,000 lb[/td]
    [td]2,446 gal[/td]
    [td]2,510 miles[/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]

    Ranges are for most economical speed:
    Lancaster I/III: 216 mph at 20,000 ft
    Fortress F: 195 mph at 20,000 ft
    Fortress G: 190 mph at 20,000 ft
    Liberator D: 200 mph at 20,000 ft
    Halifax III: 215 mph at 20,000 ft
     
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    Typical Lancaster bombloads to The Ruhr were on the order of 10-14,000 lb, depending on what the target and mission was.

    Area bombing would usually be 12-14 x 1,000 lbs GP (MC) bombs or 10-14 1000 lbs Small Bomb Containers.

    Blast/area missions would usually be 1 x 4,000 HC bomb and a combination of GP bombs and SBCs/incendiaries, usually up to about 14,000 lb.

    Blast/incendiary missions were usually 1 x 4000 HC bomb and 8-10 SBCs, or 1 X 8000 HC Bomb and 6 SBCs.

    Blast/demolition missions were typically 1 x 8000 HC bomb and 6 x 1000 lb GP bombs or 1 x 4000 lbs and a mix of 500 or 1000 lb GP bombs


    Australian government archives has some more information:

    The Lancaster's bomb load
     
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    This was the maximum bomb load for a B-17 compared to 22,000lbs for an admittedly modified Lancaster. Around 4-5,000lbs was a far more typical operational load for the B-17, according to Freeman. A late war B-17 was also carrying well over 6,000lbs of defensive armour, machine guns, turrets and ammunition for which bomb load was sacrificed, not something that Bomber Command worried about.

    14,000lbs was the maximum load for a service Lancaster and they carried your stated 12-14,000lbs whenever possible.( Both Mason and McKinstry.)

    Cheers

    Steve
     
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