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Netherlands' Fokker T.V bomber

Design

The Fokker T.V was designed in the mid 1930s as a luchtkruiser (heavy battle plane). It was to perform as a long range fighter. This eventually changed to be a medium bomber.

Engines

The engines consumed a lot of oil. During 1938 - 1939 negotiations were held to replace the Pegasus engines with Dornier Do 215s.

Prototype

There was no prototype as the T.V was ordered straight from the designs. The first production model flew for the first time on October 16, 1937.

Production

The first eleven produced entered the Luchtvaartfdeling in 1938. The next five were delivered in early 1939.

  • Fokker T.V: 16

Usage

Nine Fokker T.Vs equipped the Luchtvaartfdeling's (LVA) only bomber squadron that was available when Germany attacked on May 10, 1940. All were destroyed during the Five Day War.

The first T.V was lost when it tried to take off and was bombed by the Germans at Schiphol Airport. Others were lost the same day, and there were only five left by day two. These were used to bomb German forces. By day four there was only one left.

Last Mission

The last T.V left on a mission to bomb two road and rail bridges being escorted by two Fokker G.I fighters. They managed to get to the first target undetected, but the bomb that scored a direct hit failed to explode. The three were attacked by nine Bf 109s and destroyed.

Specifications

  Fokker T.V
Type Medium bomber
Crew 5
Engine (Type) 2: Bristol Pegasus XXVI
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling  
Net HP 925 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 68' 10.75"
21 m
Length 52' 6"
16 m
Height 13' 9"
4.19 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 10,251 lb
4,650 kg
Loaded 15,983 lb
7,250 kg
Maximum load 16,865 lb
7,650 kg
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 9,515' /
2,900 m
259 mph
417 kph
Cruising speed 193 - 208 mph
310 - 335 kph
Endurance  
Climb to 6,560' /
2,000 m
4.9 minutes
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
7.2 minutes
Service ceiling 28,050'
8,550 m
Range 963 miles
1,550 km
Armament  
Nose 1: 20 mm
Dorsal 1: 7.9 mm MG
Ventral 1: 7.9 mm MG
Sides 2: 7.9 mm MG
Tail 1: 7.9 mm MG
Bombs 2,205 lb
1,000 kg

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site