World War, British Soldier, bi-planes, destruction of German tanks

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Airholemaker, May 28, 2022.

  1. Airholemaker

    Airholemaker New Member

    Okay, so Google sucks, and recollection of the person's name eludes me.
    Who was it, in the World Wars, that used rpgs mounted on the wings of bi-planes, to destroy German tanks?
    Infographics posted this once in their videos, and if any of you can verify this without that source, then it has to be supportable abroad.
    Help, please, on conformation?
  2. Wg Cdr Luddite

    Wg Cdr Luddite Active Member

    I only know of a US pilot who strapped bazookas to his Piper Cub, but that's not a biplane.
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  3. Owen

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  4. Airholemaker

    Airholemaker New Member

  5. P-Squared

    P-Squared Active Member

    Apart from our Gladiators (never used for ground attack that I know of), the Soviets flew biplanes (Po2s) and it’s the sort of thing they might do. However, I don’t believe that the Soviets had RPGs during the war - the first one was developed just after the war, I think.
    I’m doubtful about the sheer practicalities of using such a set up ‘in action’, but that’s just me!
    (And I’ve just seen in Wikipedia on the Bazooka this business of attaching two or four to the lift struts of Grasshoppers (every day is a school day) so it’s clearly more possible than I’d assumed!)
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  6. Owen

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  7. P-Squared

    P-Squared Active Member

    Well, yes, rockets had considerable use in the Second World War. Apart from ground attack and those used against surface vessels, the Luftwaffe had the R4M and the BR21 (based on the Nebelwerfer!) air to air rockets for use against Bomber formations.
    Bazookas / RPGs were a bit more…niche! And given the availability of purpose-built air to ground rockets, I’m not sure why you’d choose to rig up a handful of Bazookas!
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  8. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I'm sure it was because it was an unofficial setup and that is what was available!
  9. P-Squared

    P-Squared Active Member

    Yes, I accept that they did it (see my earlier post) - I’m just not sure why you would. I accept there may be some perfectly good reason, however. (And I’m fairly sure someone will know why it was felt worthwhile - my knowledge of air to ground rocketry is close to nil! )
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Might have been this one

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  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Also I-15s with RS-82 rockets

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