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#11 Romantic Technofreak

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 02:51 PM

Two were sunk during the war ...

What do you mean with "sunk"? I am used that aircraft might get shot down or destroyed by strafing. But sunk? Torpedoed by submarines they intended to chase? Fell victim to a surface battle? Pilots tried to do sea-landing too steeply? Uncommon in any case!

 

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#12 Ricky

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 05:35 AM

A mixed squadron like that must have been a maintenance nightmare!



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:25 PM

I've beard of a PBY sinking ... when the leaks overcame the bilge pump and it was 1) too heavy to take off and 2) too far out to beach before itr went down.



#14 Heräkulman Ruhtinas

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 08:17 AM

A mixed squadron like that must have been a maintenance nightmare!

 

 

Yes. Before starting to get sizable amounts of equipment from Germany, Finnish AF was a maintenance nightmare, and the mechanics and the VL factory were really hard pushed to keep planes flying.

 

What do you mean with "sunk"?

 

 

Sunk does not mean due enemy action, they may have run in rocks or ice and been too far from the coast to be recovered by boat. As GregP suggests. May also have been corroded through since aluminium really does not like seawater.


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:34 AM

Sunk does not mean due enemy action, they may have run in rocks or ice and been too far from the coast to be recovered by boat. As GregP suggests. May also have been corroded through since aluminium really does not like seawater.

Driftwood of even minor size are fatal for the floats on seaplanes!
Take a look at the landing of this modernised Dornier-24:
http://youtu.be/OTCO8c1xiY4 =:-o
This Dornier got BTW a amazing lifestory: http://www.do-24.com/index.php?home

Edited by Armand, 24 August 2015 - 01:02 PM.

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#16 Romantic Technofreak

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 01:15 PM

Sunk does not mean due enemy action, they may have run in rocks or ice and been too far from the coast to be recovered by boat. As GregP suggests. May also have been corroded through since aluminium really does not like seawater.

I see. Thank you Heräkulman.

 

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