Me 264 German bomber? (Full Version)

All Forums >> [New Releases from Matrix Games] >> Gary Grigsby's War in the East Series



Message


Footslogger -> Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 4:39:13 AM)

Could this plane strike the USA? When was it first built? Did it see action?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdUAucryZII




Aurelian -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 5:41:21 AM)

Nvm. I've read that a JU-390 got within 12 miles of the US, but it's been since debunked.




kg_1007 -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 7:53:36 AM)

I always thought one of the mistakes made by the Reich was their NOT putting serious thought into long range, heavy bombers...they never even mounted a serious threat to nearby Britain after 1940 or so. I suppose they did not have the industry to do this, but it seems that beginning this type of project would have had better payoffs than the projects that were attempted, the V-weapons, rocket engines, etc.




Rasputitsa -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 10:01:25 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: kg_1007

I always thought one of the mistakes made by the Reich was their NOT putting serious thought into long range, heavy bombers...they never even mounted a serious threat to nearby Britain after 1940 or so. I suppose they did not have the industry to do this, but it seems that beginning this type of project would have had better payoffs than the projects that were attempted, the V-weapons, rocket engines, etc.


I think the development of the V weapons was able to go ahead because, although there was high technology in the design, it was low tech construction, they could be built by low skilled workers. A few duds would not have affected the overall performance of the weapons, aircraft production requires very much higher production standards and resources.

A meaningful strategic bomber force would have meant 1000s of bombers, 10,000s of trained aircrew, 100s of suitable airfields, 1000s of trained aircraft construction workers and maybe a much bigger fighter force, to support the bombers. All of which was probably beyond the power of the German economy, unless other things were given a lower priority.

Britain produced a strategic bomber force and the airfields to base them (later including those for the US 8th Air Force) because, during the early war period, it was the only way to strike Germany and worth the shortages it may have caused in other areas.

The US had enough resources to produce strategic bombers and still have everything else.

The Soviets seemed to have made the same decision as Germany, probably for similar reasons. [:)]




kg_1007 -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 3:25:17 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Rasputitsa

quote:

ORIGINAL: kg_1007

I always thought one of the mistakes made by the Reich was their NOT putting serious thought into long range, heavy bombers...they never even mounted a serious threat to nearby Britain after 1940 or so. I suppose they did not have the industry to do this, but it seems that beginning this type of project would have had better payoffs than the projects that were attempted, the V-weapons, rocket engines, etc.


I think the development of the V weapons was able to go ahead because, although there was high technology in the design, it was low tech construction, they could be built by low skilled workers. A few duds would not have affected the overall performance of the weapons, aircraft production requires very much higher production standards and resources.

A meaningful strategic bomber force would have meant 1000s of bombers, 10,000s of trained aircrew, 100s of suitable airfields, 1000s of trained aircraft construction workers and maybe a much bigger fighter force, to support the bombers. All of which was probably beyond the power of the German economy, unless other things were given a lower priority.

Britain produced a strategic bomber force and the airfields to base them (later including those for the US 8th Air Force) because, during the early war period, it was the only way to strike Germany and worth the shortages it may have caused in other areas.

The US had enough resources to produce strategic bombers and still have everything else.

The Soviets seemed to have made the same decision as Germany, probably for similar reasons. [:)]


Quite a good analysis!




Klydon -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 4:14:28 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: kg_1007

I always thought one of the mistakes made by the Reich was their NOT putting serious thought into long range, heavy bombers...they never even mounted a serious threat to nearby Britain after 1940 or so. I suppose they did not have the industry to do this, but it seems that beginning this type of project would have had better payoffs than the projects that were attempted, the V-weapons, rocket engines, etc.



In reference to the OP questions:

Per Wiki:

First flight was the end of 1942. It was originally designed as a long range maritime recon aircraft to support the U-Boats. It was later looked at as part of the Amerika bomber program, but the Ju-390 was thought to be more promising.

I have several good books on the Luftwaffe.

When the Luftwaffe first started up, bombers based on civilian transport was a common theme. The airforce was seen more as a tactical arm in support of the ground forces (something Germany as a central European power with several potential enemies was going to be concerned with). The Germans also had very limited resources and production in the early days as well and it was thought that by building more smaller bombers would result in more flexibility than building fewer bigger bombers. On top of this, the Nazi government was impressed more by numbers than quality/capability.

The Germans did have their "strategic bomber" advocates and designs were drawn up for 4 engine planes, etc. I would have to look it up, but the chief advocate for this type of plane died in a crash in the mid to late 30's and with him went most of the push for a more strategic bomber force. Udet was a loud voice within the Luftwaffe and the tactical side became even more emphasised to the point of being silly about aircraft design. (Udet insisted on bombers being able to dive bomb, resulting in a lot of extra equipment, weight, and complexity being put into twin engine bombers like the JU-88).

It was not until the Battle of Britain that the Luftwaffe's limitations were exposed as a strategic bomber force. Even with this, they may still have won the Battle of Britain had the Luftwaffe been smarter about choosing what targets they were after in terms of pressure on the RAF and also the radar net. A drop tank for the ME-109 would have made a big difference as well. As it was, the Luftwaffe ruined itself and never really recovered. (Imagine no Battle of Britain and the Germans having an additional 1000 aircraft available for the Russian campaign along with being able to move 500 aircraft to the Med).




Ralzakark -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 6:31:58 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Footslogger

Could this plane strike the USA? When was it first built? Did it see action?



The Me 264 prototype first flew on 23 December 1942 and it was never developed beyond a prototype.

Numerous versions were proposed, so saying if it could have bombed the USA is difficult as it depends on which version, and with what bomb-load, plus the production versions of which would undoubtedly have had different characteristics than those initially predicted. But it almost certainly could have done.

The only action it saw was when it was bombed on the ground by the USAF on 18 July 1944.

Robert Forsyth's book on the Me 264 is very good if you want the full story.




Footslogger -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/19/2012 11:59:18 PM)

Having read this, were there any Allied aircraft that could cross the Atlantic then?




aspqrz -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/20/2012 1:52:08 AM)

The B-29 program was intended to produce a bomber capable of carrying a 2 ton bombload to Europe from bases in the CONUS.

The B-36 program was intended to produce a bomber capable of carrying a 10 ton bombload to Europe from bases in the CONUS.

The B-29 was, more or less, serviceable by mid 45 from a late 1941 approval date. The B-36 wasn't, mainly because the B-29 was deemed to be suitable for the purposes required as it was obvious Germany was going down in 44/45 and resources were diverted to getting the B-29 up to speed.

Whether either bomber, as complete and in service, could have managed either of the design propositions mentioned, I don't know, offhand, and stats available in the sources I have seen over the years are, to say the least, open to a variety of interpretations even today ... but those were part of the specified design parameters.

Phil




turtlefang -> RE: Me 264 German bomber? (7/23/2012 2:23:20 PM)

The longest two way combat flight of a B29 was approximately 3,460 miles per Boeing Aircraft. However, this was done with a much reduced bombload, limited defensive arms, and a stripped down aircraft.

The "theoretical" range was 3,250 miles but in reality, you need to reduce this by about 15 to 20% for headwinds, lag time for formation, storm conditions, etc...and other frictions in flight. Operationally, most planned on a 2600 mile flight with some type of reserve fuel on top of that. Which usually reduced the "real range" down to "just" 2000 miles.

So, to answer your question, yes - based on the max combat mission a B29 flew, it could, with a reduced bomb load, bomb Europe from the US. With limited defensive armament, with no fighter escort, and with a very unlikely chance of many coming home. And, I suspect, limited impact.

And, just my POV, I view the B29 as the "best" WW2 strategic bomber built and used in any number.

As far as the B-36, never actually looked at that particular aircraft in this type of detail.




Page: [1]

Valid CSS!




Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI
1.757813E-02