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by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

By D-Day the Allies were able to establish absolute air superiority. There were three major factors that brought this into being: The skill and experience differential. The Germans had 2,283 pilots on June 6th 1944. Losses since January 1st 1944 had totaled 2,262 pilots. A turnover of about 100%. Th...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

The Invasion was scheduled for 1944 but no invasion could be undertaken if the Luftwaffe still held air superiority over the continent. Wresting control of the air from the Jaggwaffe would be no easy task. Following the Battle of Britain, the Jaggwaffe was able to usually fight on its own terms over...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Air war Europe- 1944

This is in follow up to some posts in this thread: http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6686 Following 2nd Schweinfurt, there was a pause from deep penetration daylight bombing missions until fighters could be made ready to escort the bombers all the way to and from the target. Th...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.
Replies: 1
Views: 101

PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.

Saw the Bismarck and Tirpitz episode last night: http://www.pbs.org/nazi-mega-weapons/season-two/ It was not too bad, but not too good either. Strictly entry level stuff. For a 14 years old it might be a primer. I realize that at this level they can not cover many details, particularly in a approxim...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: 1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight

I don't know have any evidence to corroborate the actual raid, but a German raid to capture cathode ray tubes in 1943 does make some sense. The Germans of course used cathode ray tubes, which they called Braun tubes, but they lacked cathode ray tubes with long persistent phosphors suitable for PPI d...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: THE SCHWEINFURT/REGENSBURG RAIDS-AUG. 1943
Replies: 5
Views: 1328

2nd Schweinfurt

The 2nd Schweinfurt mission occurred on Oct. 14th 1943. The losses were exactly the same: 60 bombers lost. There is nothing but the Luftwaffe to blame these losses on. There were no timing foul ups that put a second stream of bombers in the zone of refueled and rearmed fighters, as what happened dur...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: THE SCHWEINFURT/REGENSBURG RAIDS-AUG. 1943
Replies: 5
Views: 1328

The Muenster raid

On Oct. 14th, 1943, the 8th Airforce bombers went back to Schweinfurt. The losses were just as horrendous. Sixty bombers lost. This time there were no foul ups of timing. Fog did delay the departure of two P-47 fighter groups, but this would not turn out to be a factor. Why the losses? The answer is...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class
Replies: 19
Views: 774

Re: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class

I believe that this was not the first time a US BB lost her radar through concussion (was it Washington?), it seems to be very fragile. It was a general problem with all radars of the WWII era, not just on American warships. This is because that was during the vacuum tube era. It is the nature of v...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class
Replies: 19
Views: 774

Re: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class

Hi Alberto, Yes, I'm aware of these differences. I put more weight on the French narratives and chronology of the battle than I do the secondary account, although I do not dismiss it. It is possible that the French remained unaware of some hits at the time, such as the alleged belt hit. It is always...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class
Replies: 19
Views: 774

Re: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class

......at Casablanca. Gentlemen, I'm not familiar with that engagement, what actually happened? http://www.eugeneleeslover.com/USNAVY/USS_Massachusetts/War_Diary_13Nov_1942.pdf The Jean Bart was tied to the pier in Casablanca Harbor. It was incomplete and immobile. It had one 15" turret install...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Yamato and Musashi

HMS Ark Royal was designed for welding as far as was possible: The ship was designed for the extensive adoption of welding. About 65% of the structure was welded (9) including the whole of the first 100ft from forward; the estimated approximate saving in weight as compared with riveting being 500 t...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Yamato and Musashi

With the Deutschland class the difference was calculated to about 15%, unless my sources are wrong. This is more plausible than 2%, considering that riveting requires overlap joints and much more framing. You have to a make a distinction from hull weight (IE the part of the ship that can be welded)...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Yamato and Musashi

With the Deutschland class the difference was calculated to about 15%, unless my sources are wrong. This is more plausible than 2%, considering that riveting requires overlap joints and much more framing.
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Yamotoand Mushashi

The Yamato class design was based strictly on the strict all or nothing protection concept. Only the citadel, and turrets and barbets, were protected by armour, which was heavy. The main belts had a maximum thickness of 16-inches and were sloped 20*. This was capped by single armoured deck of 8-inch...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: Yamato and Musashi

Surely you meant Yamato and Musashi, Yamato and Musashi were the products of the IJN’s decisive battle doctrine. This doctrine was based on a hypothetical war plan with the USN. The idea was that the USN would need to sail across the vast Pacific to relieve an outpost (The Philippines for example). ...

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