Rocket launcher on a b24 Liberator

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  1. Snautzer01

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    That is AWESOME!
     
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    apparently intended for rear defence, too cool, never heard or seen any set up like that, uses the bazooka tubes US fighters useually carried
     
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    Here's your ten. Nice one!
     
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    The rockets are fired in an angle above. It could be fragmentation or smoke. Note the difference in angle of the tubes in the different pictures.
     
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    Maby its adjustable from the tailgunner?
     
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    Interesting!
     
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    Got this in a book on the B-24 somewhere. From what I remember, it was a 'local' modification, and not very successful. Apparently the flash and smoke on firing scared the [email protected] out of the tail gunner, who couldn't see anything!
    A great indication though, of the measures taken to try to increase defensive armament, after the mauling during day light raids.
     
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    I believe that some RAF ASW Liberators carried rockets for attacking U Boats
     
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    I wonder if they ever actually tried using it in combat?
     
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    I'll see if I can find the info and pic in my library.
     
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    tada..did not think i would find this.

    Clipboard01.jpg
     
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    When I first looked at the pictures I thought it was an Offensive weapon, like Anti-Sub Rocket Thingy...
    But why would they have that when they got 5-8000 pounds of bombs + 10 .50cal
     
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    Can't see them hitting anything with it, but I bet it would throw off the aim of an unsuspecting Fw 190 pilot.
     
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    And the Tailgunner...
     
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    Interesting shots! Doubt it would really work though...
     
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    #17 bobbysocks, Jan 14, 2014
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    sometimes not hitting the target is worth more...the EA would still have to break off and land just to change his pants.
     
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    Operational installation was completed just before hostilities ceased. But had to be tested in combat conditions to prove concept i believe. Fire selector switch in the tail turret, elevation adjustment in waist, rocket with T-5 proximity fuse. The 4.5 HE had the destructive potential of a 105 mm Howitzer and a large bursting. My question remains if the Germans had any notice of this in either Luftwaffe pilot reports or intel,

    Quite a flak weapon it could have been
     
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    PB4Y-1 fitted with rocket rails to evaluate air launch rockets. 1944

    b24_33_rockets.jpg
     
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