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WW2 Plane with most Firepower?

Discussion in 'Aircraft' started by Pride_of_Lenin, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Pride_of_Lenin

    Pride_of_Lenin New Member

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    I was wondering about what was the plane that would have the most overall firepower in one shot (all gun calibers added up).
    My initial though was the Hs 129 B-3, with its 75 mm cannon.
    Here is my list of planes I have researched:

    Hs 129 B-3: 130.84mm (2x 7.92, 2x 20, 1x 75)
    Yak 9UT: 95mm (2x 20, 1x 45)
    Ju 88 P-3: 121.52mm (2x 37, 6x 7.92)
    Ju 88 G-1: 146mm (4x 20, 2x 20, 2x 13)
    Ju 87 D-5: 100.76mm (2x 20, 2x 20, 2x 7.92, 1x 7.92)
    Fw 190 A-8: 106mm (4x 20, 2x 13)
    B-17G: 165.1mm (13x 12.7)
    He 111 H-6: 88.44mm (7x 7.92, 1x 20, 1x 13)
    B-25H: 303.6mm (18x 12.7, 1x 75)

    Remember, this includes gunners and gunpods, and is for maximum capacity, including modifications.
    If anyone knows a plane that might have more, feel free to comment, you don't even have to research it.
     
  2. formerjughead

    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    B25H also had 2.75MM Rockets x8 that it could fire.

    The B-25J is the only one with 18 guns
     
  3. Pride_of_Lenin

    Pride_of_Lenin New Member

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    So the 25H didn't have 18?
    It had only 12?
     
  4. formerjughead

    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    The H model only had 4 .50's in the forward gun tub because of the 75mm taking up the rest of the room.
    The J model had:

    8 x .50 cal in the forward gun tub.
    4 x .50 cal cheek mounted
    2 x .50 cal Dorsal Turret
    2 x .50 cal R/L waist guns
    2 x .50 cal Tail

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_B-25_Mitchell
     
  5. KodiakBeer

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    A more interesting question (to me) is which fighter or fighter bomber had the most firepower, since those guns could all be directed against one target.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    Douglas A-26 had a bunch .... especially in the ground attack role: 8 .50's in the nose and 8 more in underwing pods...You might get just as many casualties from the hot brass dropping.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-26_Invader
     
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    The YB-40 "escort" B-17 was tested with various combinations of 50 caliber guns numbering from 14 to 30. Flew a few operational missions but proved to be an idea that didn't work out.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    I like the idea of the JU 187 with the 20MM MG151 under each wing, considering the diversity of ammunition for the platform.
     
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    The P47 had 8-.50 cal. guns, could carry rockets, 2500 pounds of bombs, and fly well over 425 mph and was solid as a tank.
     
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    A case might be made for the P-38L. Only four .50's and a 20mm in the nose, but 10 5" HVAR's on the wings gave it the same punch as the broadsides from TWO Fletcher class DD's.
     
  14. Pride_of_Lenin

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    Let's roundup what we have, and I'll fix my errors too, and add the rocket capabilities:

    Hs 129 B-3: 130.84mm (2x 7.92, 2x 20, 1x 75)
    Yak 7B: 537.4mm (2x 12.7, 1x 20, 6x 82)
    Yak 9UT: 95mm (2x 20, 1x 45)
    Ju 88 P-3: 121.52mm (2x 37, 6x 7.92)
    Ju 88 P-4: 455.84 (6x 65mm, 1x 50mm, 2x 7.92)
    Ju 88 G-1: 146mm (4x 20, 2x 20, 2x 13)
    Ju 87 D-5: 100.76mm (2x 20, 2x 20, 2x 7.92, 1x 7.92)
    Fw 190 A-8: 106mm (4x 20, 2x 13)
    B-17G: 165.1mm (13x 12.7)
    He 111 H-6: 88.44mm (7x 7.92, 1x 20, 1x 13)
    B-25H: 1141.8mm (4x 12.7, 1x 75, 8x 127)
    A-26B: 1422.4mm (6x 12.7, 6x 12.7, 10x 127)
    Mosquito: 718.8mm (4x 20, 4x 7.7, 8x 76)
    P-47: 1371.6mm (8x 12.7, 10x 127)
    IL-2M: 1257.94mm (2x 23, 2x 7.62, 1x 12.7, 8x 82, 4x 132)


    Looks like the A-26B with rockets has the most on our list.
    I use the rocket variations for all the aircraft with rockets.

    The P-47, Fw-190, Yak 7B and Yak 9UT are all fighters.

    It's not a gun or rocket, it isn't shot from a plane.
     
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    Thanks PoL.
    The title of thread is "...Plane With Most Firepower."
    Aphrodite is directed, like a rocket or bullet. ..Didn't work so well.
     
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    Nobody has mentioned the ME 262 with four 30mm Mk 108s and 24 R4M rockets.

    By the way FJH, I believe the JU 87 you're referring to had 37mm cannon under the wing! I've never seen or heard of one with 20mm guns.
     
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    I'll do ya one better than A-26B or Me-262...

    F4U Corsair - 6 *.50s. 8 * 5-inch FFARs, and 2 * 11.75-inch "Tiny Tim" rockets = 1688.2mm
     
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  19. formerjughead

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    No....I meant JU-187...I don't think it ever flew an the 20MM had a larger assortment of ammunition to choose from.
     
  20. Pride_of_Lenin

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    One Me-262 variant could have up to 48x 55mm rockets (R4M) on the wings and fuselage, as well as having guns.
    I think this one trumps the lot.
    They built it for use against bombers, but it was never used in combat.
    The guns were cut down from 4 guns to 2 guns.
    They also took away all the bombs, to save weight for the rockets.

    2x 30mm guns and 48x 55mm rockets is 2700mm total.
     

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