By John Weal
This quantity tells the tale of the sunlight air battles over Germany in the course of the eyes of the Bf 109 aces concerned. It strains the improvement of the aerial defence of the Reich from its small beginnings to arguably the main savage and most expensive crusade within the background of aerial war. The Luftwaffe pilots clarify their strategies and relate their stories - within the early days, looking forward to short-ranged Allied combatants to show again earlier than attacking the bombers, the see-saw conflict for aerial supremacy that undefined, the appearance of the P-51 and its devastating influence, the starting to be may of the heavy bomber streams and the ultimate determined measures opposed to overwhelming odds. the tale is predominantly that of the Bf 109's fight to defeat the united states 8th Air strength, even supposing latterly either the 'mediums' of the USA 9th Air strength and the 'heavies' of RAF Bomber Command have been additionally lively through day over Germany.
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Extra info for Bf 109 Defence of the Reich Aces
The gun shield did not provide adequate protection in these circumstances. com 33 A camouflaged 3in gun in its defensive position during the fighting in northern France on August 19, 1944. The inadequate performance of the 3in gun against the German Panther, as well as its lack of mobility, led the US commanders in Europe to insist that it be replaced by a 90mm gun as soon as possible. (NARA) self-propelled M10 3in gun motor carriage proved much more mobile in the bocage, and its armor gave the crew better protection.
There was some interest in testing the new weapon in combat, so a single gun was dispatched with the Zebra mission to the ETO in February 1945. The Zebra mission was an effort to respond to criticism of the inadequacy of US tank and anti-tank guns as demonstrated in the recent Ardennes campaign. The failure of towed anti-tank guns and the desire by tank destroyer battalions to shift back to self-propelled guns led to a general lack of interest in the T8 90mm gun, and no records have been found to indicate that it saw any combat in Europe.
Com glider large enough to transport them on airborne missions. They were replaced in the early 1950s as more suitable alternatives became available. ” In fact there was still some interest in towed guns for light units such as the airborne, but these proved to be a technological dead-end. Four different 90mm guns were in development in 1945, although only one entered series production. From front to back these are the 90mm T13 gun on T9E1 carriage; 90mm T20E1 gun on T15 carriage, 90mm T8 gun on T5E2 carriage and 90mm T20 gun on T14 carriage.
Bf 109 Defence of the Reich Aces by John Weal