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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Why was the Stuka the most feared plane of WWII, from what I heard??What made it so special??whats so special in dive bombings??

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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

The JU-87 was feared during the early part of WWII. It was a good dive bomber and was accurate. Some JU-87s had sirens on the wheel struts, that would cause panic on the ground.

They were very ruggered airplanes, able to operate at forward primitive airfields.

But, as the war went on, the Stuka became very ineffective. It had a very short range, and a limited bomb load (IIRC, only a 100kg [220lb] bomb load), and was not very manuverable, thus was easily caught by fighters. They were used effectively in Poland, France, the "Low Countries", and the Eastern Front in the USSR. But, they were almost useless in North Africa, the Battle of Britian, and the Norway areas.

They did have a limited anti-ship role, that was effective against the RN warships at Dunkirk.

The dive bombers of the USN and the IJN were much more effective.


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1205 times:
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The most feared aircraft in the Second World War was probably a tossup between the IL-2/10 Shturmovik and the large Allied bomber (B-17/24/29/Lancaster/Stirling/Halifax)...they were seemingly unstoppable by the enemy even when large numbers of fighters were present in the sky, and the enemy that saw these airplanes nothing was more frightening. It seemed that there were endless supplies of these airplanes as well as death raining down in their wake.

Quoting AR1300 (Thread starter):
Why was the Stuka the most feared plane of WWII, from what I heard??What made it so special??whats so special in dive bombings??

The Stuka was only effective when there was no fighter opposition.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
The Stuka was only effective when there was no fighter opposition.

Or when it had a significant Lufftwaffa CAP.


User currently offlineGunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Like "KC-Boom" mentioned earlier, the sirens on some of the aircraft were meant to instill fear just by sound alone. From what I understand, it was a very effective psychological weapon.

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