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BOB JU87 B-1 bomb load

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I am presently building Airfix's 1/72 JU87 B-1 kit using the kit decals, which have it in France during the Battle of Britian. There are several options for bomb loads but due to different parts and having to drill holes I am just wondering which option would be most representative of a typical bomb load at that time for a B-1.

Cheers Tim

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Most likely 1xSC 250 under the fuselage and 4xSC 50s under the wings. That's the most seen bomb load configuration on the early Stukas.

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Possibly depends on where in France, and hence the distance to target, as IIRC it had a fairly limited range. So probably units in the Pas de Calais area with targets in the southeast would have more „room“ than e.g. the Gruppe based at Lannion in Brittany, as featured in the 1/24 kit originally (though that one was a B-2).

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Here's what I have for the usual Ju87 bomb load during the BoB depending on target:

 

On the fuselage crutch: either SC type fragmentation bomb; SC type semi-armour-piercing bomb; or PC type Pauline armour-piercing bomb (all 500kg); or 250kg SC type bomb

 

sometimes this was supplemented on the underwing racks with 4 x 50kg standard bombs or 4 x 50kg bombs fitted with percussion fuses and fin screamers.

Edited by Smithy

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Thank you gentlemen for the reply, very much appreciated. According to the instructions this plane is from 9./skg 51 and was based at  Norrent-Fontes in August of 1940, so I would assume going with the SC250 and 4x50kgs would be a safe bet.

Cheers, Tim

 

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I've just read that the attack on Ventor resulted in 90 bomb hits, so that strongly implies that the underwing racks were also used.

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A mathematical certainty, I'd say. And, frankly, fairly impressive bombing on top of that. It just goes to show what you could do with a properly vertical dive-bomber with speed-limiting brakes.

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No opposition is good.

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