Luftwaffe death porn

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  1. Great bit of dakka-dakka footage here from the Luftwaffe - appears to be a training film. Boeing sure built some strong aeroplanes - some of these B-17s take a hammering before going down.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5qGNQCHE1s
     
  2. Pretty grim stuff there.
     
  3. Didn`t the 8thAF lose 150 forts in the raid on Schweinfurt?
     
  4. I thought it was more than that, grim stuff indeed.
     
  5. Grim stuff yes, but I found it to be fascinating footage. Its not very often you see things like that from a German perspective so never really get to see allied aircraft 'in action' so to speak.
     
  6. No

    They lost a total of 90 heavy bombers B17s and B24s in the two unescorted raids to Schweinfurt in August and October 1943.
     
  7. Good book on that raid is The Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission by Martin Middlebrook
     
  8. Looked it up.
    Aug 17th 1943.
    Schweinfurt-230 B17s,lost 36.
    Regensburg-291 B17s,lost 24.
    Oct 14th 1943.
    Schweinfurt-291 B17s,lost 60.
     
  9. great site spent hours going through all the vids...magic
     
  10. The B-17 shootdown was just awful. I know it's one of the iconic gun camera clips, but it's still dreadful everytike I look at it.

    Tail guns down , ball turret guns hanging down , ditto nose turret , and the Boche taking his time shooting up the airframe.

    Every man on that Fortress is dead, and the only reason it's still flying is autopilot, and the ability to absorb ridiculous punishment.

    Interesting clips, first time I've actually seen a Mustang being engaged.

    There are some 'good' clips on the WaW series, including Spitfie v 109 over Malta , with the Spit Pilot standing on a wingtip and pulling hard, and out turning the 109 shooting at him.

    Also a clip from Ratsy Preddy's attack on an airfield , where he is at the same level as the crew door on a JU52, and still descending!

    Some other less than ethical clips featured too , including a Typhoon shooting up a horse drawn field kitchen....
     
  11. Nasty stuff, bit of a lump in my throat after watching that. Braver than me every last one of them.
     
  12. Bit chilling to watch, old chap. Put me right off my dinner.

    Still, interesting in a cold, clinical sort of way.
     
  13. A good book on Typhoons & Tempests is "The Big Show" by Pierre Closterman a Free French pilot.
     
  14. FW-190 I dont know if these are shot from FW-190s or from an Allie aircraft as they look like FW-190s being shot at the start.
     
  15. Were the German chefs non-military then?