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  1. mike siggins

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    could the 323 fly with a panzer IV also do u know when the last time they flew
     
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    Wiki shows the capacity limit of the 323D-6 being 10-12 tons. The panzer IV was about 25 tons.
     
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    Even an early MK IV goes 17 tons which not only sucks up the cargo capacity but just about the entire fuel load too.

    Running out of fuel just a few km beyond the end of the runway doesn't make for a good transport mission :)
     
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    The last mention of any service I can find in Messerschmitt Me 321/323 The Luftwaffe's "Giants" in World War II by Hans-Peter Dabrowski is Dec 1944 on the Eastern Front in IV./TG 4. More were destroyed in 1945 on airfields but do not appear to have been used for anything. The heaviest single unit I can find it ever having carried was a Marder SPG at 11 tons. The most advanced version that had any actual design work on was Z Me 323 F and that could only carry a max of 18.2 metric tons.

    If you like the plane Dabrowski's book is the best on it that I've found yet.
     
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    Doe's anybody know how many ME 321 / 323 were destroyed during WW2 by RAF ?
    Thanks a lot,
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    Out of interest's sake, there's a main spar of one on display at the Luftwaffen Museum at Gatow, Berlin. Looks like a frame-work from a crane.
     
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