According to the manual endurance = minutes in the air. So the P-47D-6 has a base endurance of 95 + 40 with the 75 gallon drop tank giving it a total of 135. Fair enough. Then I read this:
On 30 July (1943) the first mission was flown with proper 75 gallon drop tanks. This gave the P-47 an endurance of nearly three hours, allowing it to meet up with returning American bombers inside the German border. This was the ideal role for the P-47. The returning bombers were flying at 24,000ft, a high enough altitude for the P-47 to perform to its best. Taking advantage of the aircraft’s speed in the dive the P-47s flew another 4000 feet above the bombers, waiting for the Germans to attack. In the resulting melee the P-47s scored a series of victories, taking the pressure off the bombers.
If that is true then the base range of the D-6 needs to be increased to 140, the D-15 from 115 to 160, the D-20 from 130 to 175 and the D-25 from 145 to 190. This would be a very easy fix with the DB editor, but I would like to hear what everybody thinks of that. Do we need to examine the rest of the aircraft?
For the record it is 529 miles from Boxted to Berlin, 373 miles to Hannover, 256 miles to Dusseldorf and 172 miles to Amsterdam.
From the book P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Eighth Air Force by Jerry Scutts:
"At Duxford on the 30th (July 1943) there was an unusual air of expectancy at the 78th's FG briefing,for the P-47's flying that day's mission would be carrying 75-gal drop tanks for the first time. Extra fuel carried in these more reliable pressurized, but smaller, tanks meant that now the group could now stay up in the air for up to two hours and fifty minutes."
So I have gone back and changed things again and this is now what I have:
The D-6 (1x75 gallon tank) escort range is now 221 miles, FB 168, base endurance 130
D-15 (2x75 gallon tanks) escort range 374, FB 195, base endurance 150
D-20 (3x 110 gallon tanks) escort range 435, FB 215, base endurance 165
D-25 (1x150 gallon tank + 2 110 gallon tanks) escort range 489, FB 200, base endurance 180
< Message edited by warshipbuilder -- 1/25/2014 3:36:53 AM >
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