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Aircraft Flares

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 03 Apr 2018 01:24

Looking for sources describing the models and characteristics of the flares the British or RN aircraft used. ie: at Taranto & other night naval actions. Details like illumination power & duration are sought. How many a Swordfish or Albacore would carry, ect...

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Urmel » 03 Apr 2018 12:54

The enemy had superiority in numbers, his tanks were more heavily armoured, they had larger calibre guns with nearly twice the effective range of ours, and their telescopes were superior. 5 RTR 19/11/41

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Urmel » 03 Apr 2018 12:57

Looks like the Swordfish could carry eight flares in addition to some 250lbs bombs:

https://books.google.co.kr/books?id=tgf ... es&f=false
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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 03 Apr 2018 12:58

Must be, they are hanging from a aircraft wing ;)

The text tells us a bit about tactics for dropping the flares.

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Urmel » 05 Apr 2018 13:14

You'll note it's an FAA biplane. Which really doesn't leave you many choices.
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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Urmel » 08 Apr 2018 13:49

P5230401 copy.jpg
Not so technical, more on use. May still be helpful?
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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 08 Apr 2018 14:18

Tactics are good. Thats not far off from what I imagined.

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 08 Apr 2018 18:41

This is a good start. Illumination power and duration are two core items for understanding these weapons. Any reliable sources for that?

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 08 Apr 2018 19:08

A link to some ww2 flares. Has info such as lenght, diameter, weight, burning time and candlepower and much more + pictures too.
http://ww2data.blogspot.dk/2017/01/brit ... d.html?m=1
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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 08 Apr 2018 20:25

Thanks, very helpful.

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Re: Aircraft Flares

Post by Urmel » 09 Apr 2018 05:27

Carl Schwamberger wrote:This is a good start. Illumination power and duration are two core items for understanding these weapons. Any reliable sources for that?
More reliable than Coastal Command? :milwink:
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