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  • #46
    Originally posted by Acheron View Post
    From what I gathered, while the Do-17 was a nimble light bomber, the Do-217 somewhat deserved its Luftwaffe designation of heavy bomber, having a higher payload than any other German bomber worth mentioning (He-111, Ju-88, Ju-188, though the last one is debateable), so I would imagine the Do-217 to be rather sluggish in exchange.

    EDIT: in tropical climates, I would prefer the Do-17 over anything but later Mosquitos. For all its faults, the Do-17 didn't tend to disintegrate mid-air.
    Yes, IIRC there were some issues with the Mossie in tropical climates.
    "England expects that every man will do his duty!" (English crew members had better get ready for a tough fight against the combined French and Spanish fleets because that's what England expects! However, Scotland, Wales and Ireland appear to expect nothing so the Scottish, Welsh and Irish crew members can relax below decks if they like!)

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Acheron View Post
      From what I gathered, while the Do-17 was a nimble light bomber, the Do-217 somewhat deserved its Luftwaffe designation of heavy bomber, having a higher payload than any other German bomber worth mentioning (He-111, Ju-88, Ju-188, though the last one is debateable), so I would imagine the Do-217 to be rather sluggish in exchange.

      EDIT: in tropical climates, I would prefer the Do-17 over anything but later Mosquitos. For all its faults, the Do-17 didn't tend to disintegrate mid-air.
      There were only 'though rather unfortunate' a few incidences which was quickly solved so didn't really count againt what to many is the best all round combat aircraft of all time.

      Many more Dorniers disintegrated due to having four 20mm cannons worth of shells smacking into them.

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      Or with a bauble or medal
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      • #48
        I like the Mosquito. The only other Allied aircraft that comes close would have to be the B-25.

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        • #49
          The Mosquito problems in tropics were AFAIK post war and due to an unexpected feature of the glue used in their construction. This was the first of a long line of epoxy resins and gave a very strong bond so that the wood would give before the glue did.. Unfortunately after a given period of years it very quickly became very brittle sooner in tropical conditions but inevitably in all climates - that is why they all were eventually grounded. This was not known at the time it was designed and the prototype built (on which my late wife's father was a senior chippy)
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Acheron View Post
            From what I gathered, while the Do-17 was a nimble light bomber, the Do-217 somewhat deserved its Luftwaffe designation of heavy bomber, having a higher payload than any other German bomber worth mentioning (He-111, Ju-88, Ju-188, though the last one is debateable), so I would imagine the Do-217 to be rather sluggish in exchange.

            EDIT: in tropical climates, I would prefer the Do-17 over anything but later Mosquitos. For all its faults, the Do-17 didn't tend to disintegrate mid-air.
            Depends on the model The 217 M had a top speed of 348 mph but the 217 P could hit 488 mph (but carried a much lighter bomb load) The earlier 217 E was much slower.
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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