Author Topic: Good Luck Buddy  (Read 1426 times)

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Good Luck Buddy
« on: March 07, 2021, 06:03:41 PM »


Republic aviation’s P447 Thunderbird, or T bird as it was commonly referred to, had proven itself to be an effective short to medium range escort fighter. By mid-1944 this role had transferred to more “long legged” aircraft such as the North American’s P551 and the T-Bird’s natural effectiveness as a ground attack aircraft was pushed to the limit especially with the E 2-37 variant.
High level bomber escort duties had become of lesser importance by late ’44 as Luftwaffe aircraft became something of a rarity. However, this remained an extremely challenging time for bomber defence as Germany had turned up the heat by introducing an ever increasing number of Flugabwehrkanone .

These flak units were quick and easy to build and were based upon pre-war industrial prefabricated concrete aerial supply barges powered by uprated Krupps  Koppeltriebflugmotor.  They were almost impossible to bring down as the power units were located deep within the barge with only the thrust tunnels and Command Bridge being vulnerable although both required skill and determination to hit accurately.

The Tbird E 2-37 was powered by two of the same Tesla- Wright super cyclone duplex radials as used on the Boeing B229 Behemoth. The additional power output available for the super lift coils and shield capacitors was used for additional EMFEM to overcome the extra armour and 2 x 37mm cannons that the E 2-37 carried. Shield capability was considered to be impractical with just two power units as even the B229 with 6 such power units suffered from being in a constant recharging cycle in the combat zone.

Even though the Flugabwehrkanone were hard targets their load of 88mm or 128mm cannon, men and munitions were very susceptible to 37mm cannon shells. Once under attack the barge could not lob shells high into the bomber stream and once the attack was over the crews often found their equipment smashed.

The E 2-37 units were known as the “Barge busters” and respectfully as the “Mad Buggers” by the RAF. The 88mm and 128mm cannons could not of course be brought to bear in close combat but the barges bristled with heavy machine guns and 20mm AA and took quite a toll in the many actions that took place between autumn 1944 and the end of the war.

In once such action 2nd Lieutenant James (Kid) Young’s aircraft sustained several hits and although he tried to nurse the aircraft home while under the protection of his Wing mate, Lieutenant  Richard Taylor, he was forced to put down just behind enemy lines.

Taylor figured that with luck Young could meet up with the advancing allies in less than an hour but that was not to be. Young got out of his wrecked Tbird, signalled to his wing mate to show he was OK and then ran for the trees. Breaking out of the other side of the woods he stumbled up an embankment and rolled down the other side finding himself in a ditch with several surprised and frightened women and children.  Amongst them were 3 Resistance fighters one of which was all but dead.  There had been more Resistance but the Germans had lay in wait for them after a tip off that the locals were helping move certain “undesirables” that had been rescued from the forced marches to camps closer to Germany.

Young travelled with them back to the American lines and on learning that there were more displaced and helpless people out there he went back with the remaining resistance men no less than 3 times before being forced to return to his unit in England.

His story was retold in the 1958 film: Long walk home starring Robert Wagner, Dana Wynter and Richard Egan which was quite popular at time but you would be hard pressed to find it now.







I don't know why I slap up this stuff up in separate threads as it would have made sense to keep one continuous thing going - sorry about that.
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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2021, 11:24:09 PM »
Awesome job!

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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2021, 01:25:43 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2021, 01:29:32 AM »
 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2021, 02:59:47 AM »
 :-*

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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2021, 11:58:06 AM »
Love it!!  Both the vehicle and story show great creativity.

Offline apophenia

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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2021, 03:51:11 AM »
Marvelous! And the P447 is just the sort of big-assed bruiser that Republic would have made  :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2021, 09:50:53 AM »
  8)  :-*   Fine concept and background story.  Incorporating Tesla technology to engines opens new design options....

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Re: Good Luck Buddy
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2021, 06:44:53 PM »
Thanks for the kind feed back, I appreciate it.

Marvelous! And the P447 is just the sort of big-assed bruiser that Republic would have made  :smiley: :smiley:
I should have used "big-assed bruiser" as the title - love it :)

  8)  :-*   Fine concept and background story.  Incorporating Tesla technology to engines opens new design options....
I stumbled upon Thomas Townsend Brown's experiment and discredited theory which sparked off an idea/story and it went from there. It seemed like a good idea to pour in some Tesla as well to liven it up and then other than this alternative tech keep the time line the same and see what happens.
 I think I posted the beginnings of a full background story somewhere on here.
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