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Post by Stanley » 07 Apr 2018, 03:58

Fascinating article.......
On the subject of weight carrying.... One of the facts I found in Taylor's 'Dresden' was that on the longest missions, the B17 Flying Fortress could only carry about 3 tons of bombs, far less than the Lancaster. The Lancaster of course eventually carried the ten ton Grand Slam bomb. Something no other aircraft could have carried.
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Post by Tizer » 29 Apr 2018, 09:38

After Mrs Tiz's trip to Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Vesuvius etc I was reminded of the photo shown below in on of my aviation books. Vesuvius erupted in March 1944 and caused havoc for the US 340th Bomber Group who were stationed at Pompeii airfield. Reportedly:
`The volcano destroyed more of the 340th Bombardment Group's aircraft (estimates vary between 78 and 88) than the devastating German Luftwaffe air raid of the 340th base at Alesani, Corsica on May 13, 1944 (about 75 aircraft). At Pompeii Airfield on March 23, 1944 nearly all of the 340th's B-25 Mitchell medium bombers were covered with hot ash that burned the fabric control surfaces, glazed, melted, or cracked the Plexiglass, and even tipped some B-25s onto their tails from the weight of the ash and tephra. No lives were lost at Pompeii Airfield and the only casualties in the 340th were a sprained wrist and a few cuts, but the effects of the volcano on the aircraft proved insurmountable despite a major effort by the 12th Air Force to repair and salvage the damaged planes.'

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This photo shows how the US airmen felt about Vesuvius afterwards!
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Many more photos of the effects at the airfield are available on this web page: The Mount Vesuvius Eruption of March 1944

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Post by Stanley » 30 Apr 2018, 03:30

The whole of that post was completely new to me! Thanks Tiz for looking in a forgotten corner.
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