Post by oldpop2000 on Jun 10, 2014 10:11:43 GMT -5
But what if Hitler hadn't meddled, or a crash development program had enabled jet fighters to fly in significant numbers on D-Day? The Luftwaffe's bomber fleet was a skeleton force by the summer of 1944, so the invasion probably wouldn't have been disrupted by bombing. But large numbers of Me-262s might have driven Allied bombers from the sky, enabling the panzer divisions to operate in daylight with impunity.
I thought I would provide some information on the Me-262, information that does have a bearing on her use in ground attack at Normandy. The above quote does show that this person did not do his homework, or he would not have put the above statement into his piece
The cruising speed was 465 mph, with normal flight duration being 45 minutes to 90 minutes. As I stated in an earlier post, it varies with altitude. At low altitudes, below 10,000 feet, the flight duration was 45 to 50 minutes. That means a 20-25 minute flight out with a return of equal time; remember reserve fuel for landing. At landing speeds this engine will suck fuel in large quantities. At her normal cruising speed, that gives you a low altitude range of about 160 miles, if you want to get home. Now, you could stretch that and land at an auxiliary base but then jet fuel would have to be available at that base. She required concrete runways, not dirt or asphalt. The latter she would set on fire. As a Jabo, the best weapon would be the 30mm cannon, which was prone to jamming. The four 30mm cannons had about 500 rounds of ammo, at 600 RPM, she would have had limit usefulness as a ground attack. Here is a quote about her bomb carrying capability:
In my opinion, the ME-262 would have been at a severe disadvantage in ground attack due to these limitations. I will try to find data on concrete runways in France in June 1944. Remember the closer she was to Normandy, the more susceptible she would be to fighter-bomber and medium bomber attacks. She could be forward deployed on call, but again the concrete runway, tow tug and fuel issues now come into play. All that being said, if you are in critical situation where you have lost or losing air superiority over the battlefield, you will resort to using all that you have including the fastest most advanced fighter. Whether or not it is the best candidate for the mission, you have to use it.