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Duel: Fairey Fulmar vs. Junkers Ju 88A-4

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 03:16 PM

This posting is for a friend. It is intended to be in the same likeness

as the SB-2 in Spanish skies and the G3M over China.


Fulmar vs. Junkers 88A-4 by Captain Brown in his book Duels in the Sky

" The Ju88A-4 was one of the outstanding aircraft of WW2 and as a

bomber had a speed comparable to that of contemporary fighters. It was

also well armed and maneuverable for its size. The Fulmar would find it

difficult to cope with the Ju 88A-4 in the bomber or dive-bomber role,

particularly after it had got rid of its bomb load. The Ju 88A-4 was

most vulnerable to head-on attack, but the Fulmar could only hope to

make such a contact, and then only one pass would be possible because

the Ju 88A-4 was actually faster than the fighter. In normal circumstances,

a beam attack would stand the greatest chance of success. It would be

best, if possible, to feint from on beam and rapidly switch to the other, as

the upper rear gunner had to stow one gun before using the one on the

one on the opposite side. If an astern attack had to be made, it should

be launched from slightly below the tailplane to avoid the enemy's

defensive rear armament.

     With the Ju 88A-4 in the torpedo-bomber role, the Fulmar had an

easier task because of the limitation on the former's speed. In such

case, a head-on attack would be best, with the Fulmar returning to a

beam attack if necessary.

     Verdict: The Fulmar would not find the Ju 88A-4 easy to tackle,

because the bomber had a speed advantage over the fighter except

when restricted by its external weapon load. The Ju 88A-4 was also

endowed with a useful array of defensive armament that could pose

a considerable threat to the Fulmar.

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