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Battle Over Bavaria: B-26 Marauder Versus the German Jets, April 1945 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juli 2002

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Highly recommended! 2. September 2003
Von John P. Lannom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A well-researched and well-written effort which puts the reader in the cockpits of Me-262's, B-26's, and P-47's alike in the final desperate days of the battle for Germany.
After thorough overviews of the individual units involved in the last battles, and a nice look at the operational development of the three main aircraft involved, the book dissects each encounter.
Too little, too late for the Me-262's? It doesn't appear so: the aircraft was burdened by so many operational problems (touchy turbines, difficulty in training pilots, difficulty in developing tactical applications) that it doesn't seem likely that even large numbers of the fighters would have changed the outcome of the airwar. Jets had to slow down to make the best use of their weaponry against slow-flying bombers, and with the loss of speed the jets were very vulnerable to conventional fighters. The early Jumo turbines did not provide the instant acceleration that modern jets have, leaving the aircraft dangling helplessly in the sights of Allied fighters.
A very good book!
Like a Boxing Matchup 18. Februar 2014
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
They came from opposite sides of the ring; the Martin B-26 Marauder was a fast medium bomber in the USAAF, the Messerschmitt Me 262 was a 'wonder weapon' Hitler promised his people. The bomber carried a good load to tactical targets like bridges, airfields or V-1 launch sites. Known by the crews as tough and maneuverable, they supplemented the four-engine bombers when the target was not heavily defended by flak.
The 262 jet impressed everyone on first exposure; faster than Allied fighters, larger cannons than others, and unlike gasoline, turbine fuel was readily available. Unfortunately, it had a long gestation (three critical years during which the Luftwaffe lost supremacy), and required pilots be trained to avoid sharp turns that slowed it dramatically. Engines had to advance slowly to avoid flameout; if one failed the plane became easy meat for Mustangs, and engines had time-between-overhauls (TBO) of 25 hours. Because of its' speed, it spent little time within range of targets; accuracy was improved by approaching from the rear; to porpoise up and down through the stream of bombers, aiming to place some shells into each one encountered.
There was only a short window when the two planes might meet- the last six months of WW II. While Germany's cities had been blasted by the RAF night bombing, the daylight bombers attracted much Luftwaffe effort. As Battle over Bavaria tells on p. 132:
' ...the Martin B-26 Marauder proved a tough adversary for the pilots of JV 44. Indeed, on 14 May 1945, Galland told his American captors that of all the American bombers he had confronted in combat, the one "...he would least enjoy to attack," was the B-26 Marauder. Galland's interrogator recorded that "...He (Galland) stated that the B-26s usually flying in very tight formations were very difficult to approach. He found through hard experience that they had a devastating fire-power." '
One new wrinkle was to fire unguided R4M rockets before reaching the formation in order to break it up, but first kits only arrived in April 1945, too late to affect the coming defeat. And by this time, the U.S. fighters had learned where the jets were based, and would raid those fields frequently. There was great competition to score against one of these jets.
This is a unique way to display the matchup between defensive and offensive aviation.
See also: B-26 Marauder at War, The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It.
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