Lancaster over Hamburg

Lancaster over Hamburg 700x649 Lancaster over Hamburg

Could carry a bomb that weighed about 10000kg
B17 would carry 1/3 of that


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7 Responses to Lancaster over Hamburg

  1. dunno… b17 perhaps was more sturdy, and required less fuel… why has the allies chosen b17 if not so?

  2. Lancaster:
    Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay.
    * Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
    * Long range missions (?800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
    * Overload : 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)

    • Ops: And four wonderful R&R Merlin! ;)

    • ok, lancaster has bigger payload, but i was wondering: b17 -> 12000+ built, lancaster -> 7000+ built

      That must have something to do with economy of scale, less metal used, maybe better maneuverability or easier repairs…

      Atk, please illuminate us!

      Or, at least, post some dickgirls :-)

      • The Lancaster was more suited for night-time bombing, requiring more bomb space but less crew space, to combine with the advantages of not being seen by the enemy fighters.

        The Flying Fortress was just that — a fortress going through the air. It had more armor, more crew members, and more machine guns, generally 13 .50-caliber M2′s compared to the 8 .303-caliber machine guns on the Lancaster.

      • Lancaster: 7,377
        B-17: 12,731
        B-24: 18,482 “It was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft of World War II, and still holds the record as the most-produced American military or naval aircraft.”
        Is a matter of industrial capacity, not quality of the aircraft.
        But all they was good planes!

  3. Ha. I live in the town of Lancaster, which is North of Hamburg.


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