The Engine that Brought Down a German Bomber

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    #5 gjs238, Mar 21, 2015
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    There is some food for thought in that article...

    Leaning Forward - Rhubarbs
    Some here have written that the British tactic/strategy of "leaning forward" and performing Rhubarbs was disastrous, or at least unsuccessful.
    But it appears that the Germans were doing the same, or similar, over Britain.


    Locomotive damage repair
    It is also interesting how quickly the severe damage to the locomotive was repaired and the unit returned to service.
    We know that Allied fighters shot up a lot of locomotives in Europe.
    This makes me wonder how quickly those were repaired and returned to service.
    Of course, in the battle of attrition, the Germans could less afford the cumulative effect of such attacks.
    Regardless, such factors figure into the cost/benefit of Allied strafing missions.
     
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    Repair does depend on the structural damage inflicted on these machines. MG/cannon damage should be repairable within weeks if you have spare pressure boilers on hand. This is assuming similar damge as inflicted to the british engine, if the typical engien used by germans/french operated on higher pressure steam the explosive steam release may have caused higher damage. And if someone came in and dropped a bomb you'd just have a hunk of scrap metal.
     
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