WWII aircraft ready time

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Aug 9, 2004
Dear friends,
I am desesperately looking for information about WWII aircraft ready time, and I would be very pleased if someone could tell how long it took to fuel and arm a WWII fighter or light / medium / heavy / dive or torpedo bomber.
I would also appreciate to know how many planes could be fueled or armed at the same time.

Kindest regards,

Francis Marliere
 
The equipment provided to the airfields would be a big part of it. Often planes in the Med or PTO had to be refueled by hand.
 
hmm...... no idea. sorry
 

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What base and what conditions? Some times Seaplanes were refueled with Subs to extend the range and patrols or because they had no other means.
Most Heavy bombers were flown on one mission each dau or every other day. That would depend on the base and missions. I wil try to look it up for the B-24. But a different crew would be needed to fly as well and that for the bombers was hard to find.
NightHawk I like your picture, even if it is a B-24 being hit. ;)
 
My aim is to improve the rules of a naval WWII wargame. I need to know how long it takes to launch a strike from a carrier or an airbase.
I already know that on a carrier, it takes 5 / 20 minutes to arm a dive / torpedo bomber and that 1/3 of a squadron can be armed at the same time.
I don't know how long does fueling last neither how many planes can be fueled at the same time.
I also ignore how it works on airbases.

Thanks for help
 
Aircraft were not nazi, they could be manned by nazi, but they were annonymous themselves.
 
Actually, the planes were of GERMAN design, flown by GERMAN pilots, they just happened to be in Nazi GERMANY.


In fact, the Israelis (I prefer to call them this now if they're from Israel,if of Jewish background, but say Dutch, Jewish Is Ok; it sounds less harsh. ~ No, I'm not Jewish, I just admire them) used Czech (Avia) Made Bf-109's in defense of Israel, Escorting the B-17's while the Mustangs were on the prowl along with the Spits.
 
Here is some information that might help.
An SB2C Helldiver carried 395 gallons of fuel.
An F6F Hellcat had 250 gallons.
The TBF Avenger had 335 gallons.
The F4U Corsair had 237 gallons.
If someone can find out how quickly gasoline can be pumped or how quickly anyone of these four planes could be filled, some simple calculations should allow you to determine how long it would take to fuel a strike.
 
come on guys, anyone can find out how much fuel a plane can take, and saying

If someone can find out how quickly gasoline can be pumped or how quickly anyone of these four planes could be filled, some simple calculations should allow you to determine how long it would take to fuel a strike.
is equally stupid as the rate it take to fill a plane depends on the resorces avalible, sotimes fuel would be pumped in, sometimes it would have to be filled from jerry cans, and it would seem all of you have forgotten about rearming it??
 
Lanc- one question at a time. It would seem fuel was the first. Rearming would be tricky and all this turn around time has not asked if the craft recieved damage in combat. I think that the IJN had a turn around of 30 to 40 min for the Pearl Harbor raid but that was in near perfect conditions.

For the question asked weather would play a big roll in the game ;) If it is squirly to land on a carrier an night in high surf and wind what then to rearm and fuel :)
 
WWII was fought against NAZI GERMANY, not Germany.... If a German pilot is flying for Nazi Germany, HES A FREAKIN NAZI...... The Germans that werent Nazi were Jewish....
There were many pilots who were loyal to the Nazi party and called themselves Nazi....

The Swastica is a sign of Nazi Germany, not Germany...And since when is calling a Jewish person Jewish harsh??? What are u GrG, a freakin moron???

And for the record, I was usin the word "NAZI" as a slang word....
 
Not all those fighting for Germany, were National Socialist. And World War II was fought against the Axis.
 
Thank you for pointing out the blatently obvious... Nazi Germany was part of the Axis powers...

Anyone with half a brain already understood that... U pointing out that point was irrelevant... The discussion, incase u missed it, was Germany vs Nazi Germany....

And once again, I was using Nazi as a SLANG word... Not all Germans fighting in WW2 were of the Nazi party... Duh... But they fought for Nazi Germany..... Theres a difference..... And the point I was trying to make....
 
lesofprimus said:
WWII was fought against NAZI GERMANY, not Germany.... If a German pilot is flying for Nazi Germany, HES A FREAKIN NAZI...... The Germans that werent Nazi were Jewish....
There were many pilots who were loyal to the Nazi party and called themselves Nazi....

The Swastica is a sign of Nazi Germany, not Germany...And since when is calling a Jewish person Jewish harsh??? What are u GrG, a freakin moron???

And for the record, I was usin the word "NAZI" as a slang word....


Tut, tut...


If a Pole flew for the British in the BoB, is he British?

The Germans that weren't NAZSOS (Don't say this is a typo, it isn't.) could have been Communists or Democrats, etc.

The Swastika is a Hindu symbol dating hundreds of years back...

I said I THOUGHT, IN MY OPINION, that calling someone "Jew" seems a bit harsh.

You yourself said MANY were loyal to Hitler, not all.
Many can be used many ways.
"Many members here reside in Europe, though not all."
Have you ever heard of Herr Franz Stigler?
I'll assume you haven't.
Anywho, he was a German fighter pilot in WWII who had a total of 39 kills when the war ended while he was with Jv44.
He could have had 40 and a Knight's Cross because of that tally.
He saved a crew for compassion, which in the Third Reich, letting an enemy escape and thus not fulfilling your duty, was punishable upon death.




Who's the moron now? ;) :p 8)
 
Lanc . . . I believe the specific question was for launching a carrier strike thus the resources available would be fairly consistent.
 

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