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SS. Kallan
11-16-2005, 09:52 PM
POLL on what you think was the best bomber aircraft during WWII

Hosenfield
11-16-2005, 10:46 PM
The B-25 is the best out of the bunch. By the way, the JU-88 is a medium bomber...

Man of Stoat
11-17-2005, 03:40 AM
The B-25 is the best out of the bunch. By the way, the JU-88 is a medium bomber...

So's the B25...

Bladensburg
11-17-2005, 07:00 AM
The poll compares "apples and oranges" though, e.g. the Lancaster was a different class and had different role to the JU-88 and the B-25. Perhaps the Mosquito would have been a better option?

Firefly
11-17-2005, 07:09 AM
What type of Bomber are we talking about? Missed out a lot of Bombers here. B-29, B-17, B-24, Mosquito etc etc.........

Twitch1
11-17-2005, 10:22 AM
Those are 4 widely different machines! The B5N "Kate" was a used primarily in the torpedo plane role too. Of the 4 listed I 'll take the Lanc. But given free reign I's say the B-17.

11-17-2005, 01:38 PM
But didn't the B-25 carry a higher payload than B-17, etc?

BDL
11-17-2005, 01:44 PM
But didn't the B-25 carry a higher payload than B-17, etc?

B-17 - up to 17,600lb, but normal load of 6,000lb
B-25 - 5,000lb

Firefly
11-17-2005, 02:04 PM
Those are 4 widely different machines! The B5N "Kate" was a used primarily in the torpedo plane role too. Of the 4 listed I 'll take the Lanc. But given free reign I's say the B-17.

Everyone always dismisses the B-24, it was the workhorse of the USAAF and more numerous than the B-17.

Hosenfield
11-17-2005, 02:13 PM
The B-25 is the best out of the bunch. By the way, the JU-88 is a medium bomber...

So's the B25...

my bad. confused it with the B-24. I think teh B-24 was the best of the bunch.

11-17-2005, 03:27 PM
Same here, confused the B-24 with the B-25. That's a big no no when you're telling that to the guys who actually flew them. Sorry!

Iron Yeoman
11-17-2005, 06:26 PM
I voted Lancaster, purely for aesthitics, i'm sorry, it's something about the way when you see the lancaster bomber drop all those poppies on remembrance day.

Topor
11-17-2005, 09:16 PM
When one looks at the versatility of the Lancaster as to payload, the others pale into insignificance.

Hosenfield
11-17-2005, 11:18 PM
The B-29 superfortress was a monster, with twice the payload and range of the B-17.

11-17-2005, 11:33 PM
The B-29 superfortress was a monster, with twice the payload and range of the B-17.

True, but I've read several accounts saying that the B-29 is a super easy plane to shoot down as compared to the B-17. As a matter of fact, many pilots refused to fly it and would rather fly the B-17 for sheer protection in case of no escorts. They said the B-29 was like flying a paper cup.

Gen. Sandworm
11-18-2005, 03:13 AM
The B-29 superfortress was a monster, with twice the payload and range of the B-17.

I would have voted for thr B-29...........but had to go with the Lancaster. The Lancaster had the room for the largest payload in the war. However to do this they had to leave out a bottom turret which made them easier to shoot down from below.

South African Military
11-19-2005, 01:56 AM
Well, as has been said before all the bombers listed have different roles and are in a differnent class. If were looking at the best "bomber" out of that list theres no doubt about it, the Lancaster. It's interesting though that the B-25 Mitchell took off from an aircraft carrier. Was there any other plane like the B-25 that took off from an aircraft carrier?

Twitch1
11-22-2005, 03:53 PM
One thing to consider about the B-29 was that it routinely sortied at 10,000+ feet higher altitude than any other Allied bomber. At 35,000 there were fewer interceptors able to attain the altitude in a reasonable time span and fight effectively once there. :o