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I remember seeing this on the history channel some 20 years ago. One of the variants had a bracket that descended from the belly of the plane with the drum on it. It was motorized and got the drum spinning real fast before it was released. Lotta crazy shit developes during war times.
the camera crew almost caught that one
Thanks. I was thinking of that when I saw this post. That was one of Buffalo's (Ice Pilots, NWT) planes in your YouTube video, being flown by their Chief Pilot Arnie Schreder, who has since passed away.
Why the hell didn't they just put a couple of torpedos in the thing.Lot of pilots already had experience with those.
Torpedo nets were laid in front of the Ruhr dams to prevent just that type of attack.
The mechanism of action was for the bomb to hit the dam and then sink to the base of the dam before exploding, greatly increasing the effect of the explosives. Also of note is the fact that the bombs were not particularly balanced for their brief spin.
This type of bomb would skip over the torpedo nets, avoiding them. Torpedoes would never have hit the dams, and even if they could've done so, would just have excavated a divot in the face instead of the massive water hammer effect of one of these exploding at the base in deep water. Although the bombs dropped on the Ruhr dams were of a different (and heavier) type from these, cylindrical rather spherical, and dropped from 4-engine Lancanster heavy bombers, not twin-engine Mosquito light bombers.
Dambusters, Great Movie! Please tell me that the threatened remake by Lukas is DOA.