BV 138 in Norway & Arctic

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BV 138 in Norway & Arctic

Post  Black Hornet on Fri 21 Jan 2011 - 7:49

Two BV 138s even operated from the frozen wastes of Novaya Zemlya with the support of U-boats.

In addition to shore bases, BV 138s flew from seaplane tenders, some modified with catapults for launch. All BV 138s were able to use assisted take-off rockets and some carried FuG 200 Hohentwiel radar for shadowing convoys. The BV 138 could even fight off Allied fighters, as one crew showed by downing a Blenheim over Norway.

http://www.aircraftaces.com/bv-138.htm

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Post  Oyvind on Wed 2 Feb 2011 - 1:34

One interesting aspect of the BV 138 is that it was one of the very few WWII planes equipped with diesel engines.
One source told me that when the engines were started, all of Billefjord (base in Finnmark) was engulfed in smoke.
Another specific detail was that the BV 138 crews loved the plane as dieselfuel would hardly ignite when the plane was hit.
I don't know how reliable the 880 hp 12 cylinder engines were, but the engines were used after WWII in East German PT boats.

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Post  Black Hornet on Mon 7 Feb 2011 - 4:54

Interesting. It could service U-boats way out to sea, very versatile machine. Many German seaboats were diesel. I remember an old thread about a German invasion of Iceland where it was mentioned the Icelandic fishing fleet was mostly diesel & the fuel would be used for Seaplanes & U-boats. 1000 coastal vessels & 20 plus ocean going vessels they had.


There are 57 ports in Iceland for ocean-going vessels, all ice-free year-round and the majority built for fishing vessels.
http://www.randburg.com/is/index/shipping/


Thunderstorms – Thunderstorms are very rare in Iceland, but do occasionally (less than 5 days per year) occur in southern Iceland in late summertime
http://www3.hi.is/~oi/climate_in_iceland.htm

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