Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Discussions on all (non-biographical) aspects of the Luftwaffe air units and general discussions on the Luftwaffe.
Edward L. Hsiao
Member
Posts: 1668
Joined: 01 Aug 2003 08:43
Location: Flagstaff,Arizona

Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 24 Jun 2019 23:41

Little is known about the Ar-196 floatplanes' missions of bombing enemy positions. Did these floatplanes saw much use at all in supporting the German troops into the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945 by bombing missions. Were they able to shoot down Po-2 biplanes both day and night?


Edward L. Hsiao

RandJS
Member
Posts: 231
Joined: 04 Oct 2008 11:36

Re: Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by RandJS » 27 Jun 2019 15:23

Hi Edward,

Since no one else has responded, I will provide my own humble comments:

1) The Ar-196 could carry only 2 x 50kg bombs. Not sure how effective it was as a bomber.

2) The Ar-196 C-3 version has 2 x 2cm in wing roots and 1 x 7.9mm in engine cowl. With the dual floats, not sure how effective it was as a fighter.

3) Night landing on water is tricky to say the least.

I have not seen any reports of Ar-196 being used as a bomber, fighter or night actions. Again, my own very humble opinion.

Regards,
RandJS

igorr
Member
Posts: 743
Joined: 29 Aug 2009 02:21

Re: Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by igorr » 28 Jun 2019 03:21

They served as A/S planes in Far North some time in 1943 - as close cover for german convoys. Have no sunk subs on their conto.

Edward L. Hsiao
Member
Posts: 1668
Joined: 01 Aug 2003 08:43
Location: Flagstaff,Arizona

Re: Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 07 Jul 2019 22:52

I remember in top of my head that the Arado Ar-196 floatplanes took part in anti-partisan operations in Yugoslavia.

Edward L. Hsiao

User avatar
EKB
Member
Posts: 538
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 17:21
Location: United States

Re: Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by EKB » 13 Jul 2019 23:59

Arado 196 float planes were used as stop-gap fighters in France. The mission of 5 Staffel/Bordfliegergruppe 196 was support and protection of surfaced U-boats in the Bay of Biscay. I don't know the peak strength of 5/196, but it was equipped with fifteen aircraft in March 1942. Twelve RAF bombers were claimed as destroyed from April to September 1942 (ref. Chris Goss; Bloody Biscay, p.23).

The Ar 196 was soon outclassed by the latest twin-engine fighter-bombers, e.g. Beaufighter, Mosquito and Junkers 88C-6.

GalinHig
New member
Posts: 1
Joined: 10 Aug 2019 18:10
Location: Philippines

Bombing missions made by Arado Ar 196s

Post by GalinHig » 10 Aug 2019 18:59

Hi Seaplanes
The other Stkz was PHGZ - W/Nr.4552
Sorry I do not have any information regarding the use of these 2 Arados with the Italians.
My research is usually with going the other way - Italian aircraft in use by the Germans
Cheers - Tom

Image...

User avatar
Dwight Pruitt
Member
Posts: 400
Joined: 26 Aug 2002 05:53
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Re: Bombing missions made by Arado Ar-196s

Post by Dwight Pruitt » 12 Aug 2019 01:03

According to NASM, two AR-196 captured the British mine laying sub HMS Seal in the Kattegat on 5 May 1940.

Return to “Luftwaffe air units and Luftwaffe in general”