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Seemingly, according to the early manual, we will get 21 cm rockets for the Dora.

 

I googled a bit and found this: http://www.deutscheluftwaffe.de/archiv/Dokumente/ABC/b/Bordwaffen/21%20cm%20Wurfgranate/21%20%20Wurfgranate%20BR%20Gereat.html

 

(only in german, sorry!)

 

The "Werfergranate 21" was a makeshift adoption of the 21 cm rockets used in the "Nebelwerfer":

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They just put a pipe under each wing and loaded the rocket into it:

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They nick named that thing "Dödel" ... meaning ... err ... "dick". :o)

 

The result, when employed as intended against bomber fleets of the Allies, was, well, impressive:

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The goal was to disturb and scatter the bomber formation, but I would assume, the surprise and shock effect played a more prominent role than the explosives as such.

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Kein problem mit der Deutschen sprache hier. Sehr interessant zu lesen :thumbup:

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Haven't gotten to read the manual on her yet to see that, there is more that the 190 can carry than I originally believed. I'm assuming those launch tubes can't be jettisoned after firing?

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I am hoping for the R4Ms (which was employed on the 262 as well)

 

I'm hoping we get them as well, especially if this entry on Wikipedia is accurate:

"The Luftwaffe found the R4M missiles to have similar trajectory to the 30 mm MK 108 cannon in flight, therefore the standard Revi 16B gunsight could be utilized".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R4M

 

If that is the case, then shooting down a fighter with the R4M is reasonable since it wouldn't be much different than shooting the cannons at one, though I don't know how much drag the launch racks produce. Granted if I'm flying fighter CAP I certainly don't intend on going up with rockets, but if I'm hunting bombers and get into it with a fighter, using a rocket on him can be fun.

 

Edit: Granted the D9 has 20MM not 30MM, but I can imagine that it wouldn't be hugely off that they'd be that difficult to aim, unlike the 21cm rockets.

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Haven't gotten to read the manual on her yet to see that, there is more that the 190 can carry than I originally believed. I'm assuming those launch tubes can't be jettisoned after firing?

 

They can be jettisoned is what I´ve read in the article. There´s also a letter of a former Pilot who used these things and he explicitly mentiones the jettison function, but it did not work for him once when he needed it.

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Interestingly in one of the Dora books I have it shows a D9/R5 which is a rare bomber version that has ETC 71 underwing bomb mounts.

 

I had never seen one before anywhere!

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odd, I Always believed those rockets were a lot more common on the A versions (aka the Butcher bird)

 

Might have been more because during the time of the Dora, the Germans were moving more to a defensive role and perhaps ground strikes were not as common as bomber intercepts...

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This is my opinion.

 

I for myself hate the 21cm Rocketlauncher. Its too heavy, slows the bird down in speed and agility.

 

Much better R4m rockets or like the D-11 with two 3cm canons against bombers.


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This is my opinion.

 

I for myself hate the 21cm Rocketlauncher. Its too heavy, slows the bird down in speed and agility.

 

Much better R4m rockets or like the D-11 with two 3cm canons aginst bombers.

 

 

I hope we get every option that might have been available to the D-9 at one time or another... but I might be asking much :)

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As long as I can strap a 500Kg bomb and/or a couple of R4Ms I will be happy :)

 

Although I would love the D9 R/X version that came with the two outer 20mm ;)

 

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I hope we get every option that might have been available to the D-9 at one time or another... but I might be asking much :)

 

 

Hi,

 

you are right, it s ok if available for the D-9 without any doubt. The more the better but i dont like it anyways

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