View Full Version : Modifications for Naval Strikes 1939 1941

Carl Schwamberger
10-07-2009, 06:28 AM
What modifications were made to any He111, Do17, Ju88 used for naval attacks? Were any sort of auxillary fuel tanks available or designed? Were any engine modifications made to increase range? Would decreasing the bomb load to say 50% of maximum increase the range significantly?

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01-31-2010, 07:23 AM
Research the German aircraft occupying Bordeaux/Merignac airfield, as this was one that hosted various maritime strike and maritime reconnaiscance units.
Chiefly, Ju.88 H's were used, as were a few He.111 H2's. Later, He.177 Greiffs are employed. Ocassionallly an FW. 200 appears there also.
For the Ju.88 and He.111 there were extra fuel tanks added in the fuselages, which is why the Ju.88 H series is longer than its' D series parent by some 10 to 12 feet.
Most maritime strike aircraft carried a bombload of less than 2500 lb on short to medium range missions, so one can safely assume that only up to say 1200 lb would be carried on extended range missions.
Engine modifications were relatively few, unless discussing the Greiff.
However, they would have been tuned for medium to low altitude performance, as opposed to high altitude (say 30000 feet).

Hope the info above helps.

Regards, Uyraell.

02-01-2010, 12:49 PM
Don't forget that they also had torpedo launching variants for all these types of bombers.
Plus, the He 177 used a variety of guided gliding bombs against ships.