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  1. Panthera

    Me 410 and Mosquito

    The book I read some time ago was "Me 410 in Combat" by K. Janowicz, as I recall there the BK-5 was described as absolutely successful when it didn't jam.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Well ofcourse it worked, but due to the size & weight of the shells the belt links tended to fail if fired during maneuvers (this would've esp. been a problem in the high G maneuvers an Me262 would likely carry out, hence it probably would've never worked out well on that aircraft), which was the exact same issue that plagued the tse-tse Mossie's 6 pdr. Also just as with the tse-tse Mossie the heavy gun naturally weighed the aircraft down, thus outside of special duties such as attacking unmaneuverable bombers & ground targets it was ofcourse totally unsuited. Either way the Me410 units seems to have had good success with the weapon until Allied fighter sweeps discontinued the large scale daylight Zerstörer attacks, IIRC over a hundred Allied bombers were claimed by BK-5 equipped Me410's.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    The Mossie 57mm cannon had the same jamming issue, but when it worked it was real effective. Same is said about the Me410's 50mm gun, tended to jam in maneuvering fights, but it was tremendously effective when it worked.
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    Hype about ME262

    I had a feeling this is what you were trying to get across, I just wanted to make sure as your words could easily be misinterpreted
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    Too many Bf 109s in the game?

    I feel we really need the Spitfire Mk.XIV & various versions of the Mosquito & Ju-88. But more importantly we need heavy bombers.
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    Hype about ME262

    Not sure what you're really saying here, but I'm assuming it's not litterally what those words say because then you're definitely wrong. There were quite a few fields in which the Germans were well ahead by wars end. Operation paperclip is famous for a reason. The main thing to remember is that Germany lost the war due to attrition, biting off way more than it could chew both in terms of manpower & production. In terms of technology they were mostly (not always ofc) either on par or ahead throughout the war, which is one of the reasons the war lasted for as long as it did. The whole thing was ofcourse sped up by the criminal government, careless command in many cases as well as the breaking of the enigma, the latter allowing the Allies to prepare for every move made by the Germans whilst at the same time decieve them in regards to their own intentions, which alone is calculated to have shortened the war by 2 years. But all in all it was never going to be a win for Germany, it was simply too small to take on three (initially 4) major powers and their allies basically by itself (Italy wasn't much help), and the A-bomb would've been the final word. But what has always made WW2 the most tragic & disturbing is that a civilized country so advanced could be decieved & siezed like so by a criminal government, a very important lesson in human history & nature which we must not forget.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Haha yeah, would love to see a Ju-88G6 or G7 NF or Me410 added as well. Would be a nice addition along with one of the later Mossies.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Great docu on the Mossie on YT: Truly was a magnificient aircraft.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    It's not that, it's the claims registry AFAIK. Either way it doesn't matter, I just remember him mentioning it.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Well no, but he does list his sources so it's easy to check.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Yeah, I do actually remember Erich saying that Lorant's work was incomplete in many ways back then (several years ago), mainly a lack of primary sources. Hence why I was really looking forward to his book(s), esp. since they were to cover more than just night fighter squadrons. He also had something planned on the Ta-152 I remember. Well I hope it gets completed, would be a real shame for such a massive amount of research and countless interviews not to get published.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Yeah that has to be the guy, I really do hope he is still alive. He interviewed a great number of LW NF veterans back in the late 90's early 2000's, a luxury current authors don't have. He was also able to look through the German claim registry, and cross reference claims vs losses etc, so I would absolutely love to read his work, yet I can't locate it. I hope cancer didn't put a stop to his books, and if so then that atleast his cowriter will release it.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Yes it isn't Eric "Winkle" Brown, his name is Erich Brown and he is american AFAIK. I remember he used to be a member of the former US nightfighter community. Him & his cowrtier did a wealth of interviews with former LW pilots, and used to post quite a bit over on the AH forum. I just wish I could remember the name of the book. That said I hope he is still alive, I remember he struggled with cancer for a while.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    Eric Mombeek has actually cowritten on the subject AFAIK. But Erich Brown is the name of the author I am talking about, atleast as far as I know. Used to follow his posts over on the Axis History Forum years ago, sadly never got around to posting there myself though, would've loved to talk to him.
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    Me 410 and Mosquito

    There is a book which went into more detail about the German nightfighter squadrons, but I can't remember the name atm. One of the authors, Erich Brown (not to be confused with the Eric "Winkle" Brown ), was active over on the Axis History Forum. To qoute him: "Yes there were several aces flying the Me 262A-1a, Heinz Bär scoring at least 12-16 along with another 20 or so pilots with 9-12 claims. JG 7 had roughly 450 victories many on the Ost Front in April-May of 1945 and only a scant few know of these. JV 44 under Adolf Galland had about 50. 10./NJG 11 under Kurt Welter and flying the jet at night had around 50 as well but these will be covered in our book....... "
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