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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF SEAC P-61F Widow
« Reply #540 on: March 25, 2014, 03:19:56 PM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - RAF SEAC P-61F Widow
« Reply #541 on: March 27, 2014, 09:52:16 AM »
Well done Logan! The Widow looks really slick in SEAC colours  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #542 on: March 27, 2014, 10:47:29 AM »
Thanks, guys!  As always, click on the image below to see the picture at 100% or view it at my DeviantArt page.



By the early summer of 1941, Romania—having allied herself with Hitler's Germany the previous year—was preparing for war with the Soviet Union, in order to recover Bessarabia (Eastern Moldavia) and Northern Bulkovina, territories lost the previous year.  The ARR (Aeronautica Regală Română), incorporated into Luftflotte 4, repositioned its units to Moldavia, close to the Soviet frontier.  Among the forward units was Grupul 5 vânătoare with its Heinkel He 100s.  On 15 June 1941, a week prior to Unternehmen Barbarossa, both Heinkel Escadrile were ordered to move to Focsani-North airfield in Southern Moldavia.

On Sunday, 22 June 1941, at dawn, the Romanian Heinkels took off on their first combat missions of the Second World War.  Their very first mission was to provide air cover for Potez 63 light bombers of Grupul 2 bombardament attacking the Soviet airfields of Bolgrad and Bulgărica.  Twelve He 100s took off from Focsani at 1050, in gloomy weather and rendezvoused with the bombers over the airfield.  Light anti-aircraft fire was encountered en route, but this increased considerably over the first target, Bolgrad airfield.  Despite the heavy flak, the Soviet planes lined up on the runway were successfully hit by bombs and gunfire.  The warning, however, was immediately sent out to other units.  When the Romanian formation reached the second target, Bulgărica airfield, it was greeted by numerous Soviet fighters, already alerted to the impending raid.  A bitter combat ensued between the dozen He 100s and some thirty I-16 Ratas.  In the event, the first air battle between the Russians and the Romanians was a victory for the latter.

At 1205, Sublocotenent aviator Teodor Moscu dove on the last pair of I-16s as they took off.  He fired a burst into one of them, sending it crashing in flames.  Pulling out of his dive, Moscu suddenly found himself face to face with another Rata.  He squeezed off a burst hitting Russian fighter in its radial engine.  This proved to be fatal for the Rata.  The wrecks of the aircraft went down in the Danube and quickly sank.  Now Moscu had his hands full!  Several I-16s bounced the Heinkel, one firing from Moscu's right front quarter.  He was hit in the starboard wing, his fuel tanks punctured and was losing fuel rapidly.  The rear fuselage received hits as well.  Second Lieutenant Moscu in a final effort fired a long burst at the attacking fighter, which abruptly dove and disappeared from sight.  Adjutant stagiar aviator Pavel Barbu, Moscu's wingman, joined up with him, escorting the damaged Heinkel home following the Danube River back to base.  The fuel warning light came on and, taking stock of his fuel crisis and structural damage, Moscu decided to put his machine down at the first available airfield.  This was Bârlad airfield, where the bullet-ridden fighter made a successful wheels-up landing.

Slt av Teodor Moscu was officially credited with two confirmed victories and became the first hero of the Romanian air force, in a war which had just started and was to prove a long and exhausting one.  Later, in an air battle of Cazaclia, Moscu added two more kills to his score.  His He 100D, No. 13, was repaired and rejoined Escadrila 51 vânătoare.  Note Walt Disney's "Pluto" squadron emblem.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #543 on: March 27, 2014, 03:40:19 PM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #544 on: March 28, 2014, 02:36:58 AM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #545 on: March 28, 2014, 02:41:23 PM »
Another beauty Logan!  :)

Are those colors also whiff or true? Somehow I can't recall of them on romanian wwII aircrafts...  ???
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #546 on: March 29, 2014, 03:29:34 AM »
Another beauty Logan!  :)

Are those colors also whiff or true? Somehow I can't recall of them on romanian wwII aircrafts...  ???

Logan would have the reference pics on him, but they're quite true. I just did a quick Google search and it returned He 112s in that same grey with yellow trim.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #547 on: March 29, 2014, 03:54:17 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  I like how colorful this one was.  Indeed, Vuk, it is a scheme from an actual Romanian He 112B/E.



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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #548 on: March 29, 2014, 04:37:35 AM »
Seen here too:

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #549 on: March 29, 2014, 04:51:20 AM »
Sharp markings and they look excellent on the He-100D  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #550 on: March 29, 2014, 10:02:24 PM »
Talos, Logan, thanks for the info.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #551 on: March 29, 2014, 10:09:13 PM »
How did the He 100 actually rate against the BF-109, it was a nicer looking aircraft but what did the pilots thing and what was the performance like?

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #552 on: March 29, 2014, 11:01:49 PM »
Everything I've read about the He 100 seems to indicate that it was just better than the 109.  It was better in almost every way that I can see, except for one.  Its armament was worse.  As standard, the Bf 109E-3 had two 20mm cannons and two 7.92mm machine guns.  The He 100 had one less 20mm cannon as designed.  Even then, though, the armament of the Bf 109 was improved throughout its life and the He 100 would have been no different.

The main thing against the He 100 was that the Bf 109 was already in service and far better than anything in service anywhere else.  Imagine someone trying to replace the F-16 just a few years after it entered service with an aircraft that uses the same engine and is just 10-20% better.  I doubt anyone would have bitten.  Look at what happened to the F-20, for example.  The He 100 was in the same position.

Also, I have to admit, the He 100 never really got its cooling system worked out.  The evaporative cooling system and the retractable radiator both had their issues.  The Luftwaffe didn't consider it worth their time to try to get all that worked out when they had a perfectly good fighter already in service.

Cheers,

Logan
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #553 on: March 29, 2014, 11:27:50 PM »
Thanks for that and the second I read f-16 I thought F-20 ;)  Good example that gets the point across, it was better in many ways but at the time it didn't matter enough to get it over the line.  I suppose the Martin Baker designs MB3 and in particular the MB5 are in the same boat so to speak, very good, maybe even superb, but the Spitfire was more than good enough at the time.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Teodor Moscu's Heinkel He 100D-2
« Reply #554 on: March 30, 2014, 04:11:39 AM »
It was better in almost every way that I can see, except for one.  Its armament was worse.  As standard, the Bf 109E-3 had two 20mm cannons and two 7.92mm machine guns.  The He 100 had one less 20mm cannon as designed. 

Though one should consider that in the F model onwards, the Bf-109 did reduce down to 3 guns for most models (ignoring the various Rüstsätze kits that added additional armament) and indeed, it has been regularly reported that pilots were happy with this set up for most encounters (heavy bombers being perhaps the only exception).  If it had entered service, I can easily see the He-100 ending up with something akin to the Bf-109G-6 onwards with twin 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131s and either a 20 mm MG 151/20 or a 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 engine-mounted cannon (Motorkanone) fitted. 

Perhaps the biggest issue counting against the He-100 was its use of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 which was heavily used already at that time.  This was one of the reasons why the Fw-190 with its BMW801 found favour (Kurt Tank, did originally want the DB601 as well I seem to recall).  Perhaps if Heinkel used either a DB 603 or DB605 or even a Junkers Jumo 213 they might have had more luck.  I somehow doubt the production facilities would have existed at this stage though.
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