Lancaster over Hamburg

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


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    figosound

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

    atkinson

    Lancaster:
    Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Lancaster
    B-17:
    Bombs:
    * 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)
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-17_Flying_Fortress
    Atk

    atkinson

    Ops: And four wonderful R&R Merlin! 😉

    figosound

    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 🙂

    rebelyell2006

    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.

    atkinson

    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.”
    (Wiki)
    Is a matter of industrial capacity, not quality of the aircraft.
    But all they was good planes!
    Atk

    suicydking

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