11-17-2010

11-17-2010 - •Midterms graded•Dialectic Essay due Nov...

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Unformatted text preview: 11-17-2010•Midterms graded•Dialectic Essay due Nov. 22ndStrategic Bombing•Limited doctrines, technology, and equipment•Spanish Civil War may have provided evidence for the “terror bombing”oGermans not sold on strategic bombing in Spain•Battle of BritainoBritish were focused on strategic bombingoTo the detriment of tactical aviationTactical support was politically necessaryoFocused on destroying enemy industry and breaking enemy willoShifted toward destroying enemies willoAircraft were limited in range, speed, load, and protection•Wellington BomberoBest craft of Brits during this war•Bristol Blenhiem, Handley Page H.P.52 Hampden, and Armstrong Whitely – other crafts•Underestimated capabilities of interceptors•No provision for fighter escort•AmericansoBelieved in strategic bombing alsooFocused on destruction of key industrial targets selected to max economic disruptionoTacticial forces mandated by Army requirementsoUtility of fighters debated•American DoctrineoEmerged from ATS and focused on finding and destroying key industrial targets – led to AWPD(Air War Planning Document??)-1 in 1941oAbility of fighters to intercept and or stop bomber was discountedoB-17Ds Highly touted and got lots of pressoNorden Bombsight Schematic•Deemed to “Secret Weapon”•Clear air, no combat conditions, no cloud cover, no ‘tucker’ factors•Able to put bombs into areas size of half our classroom•Circular Air Probability or CEP???oAbout 1000 yards at the time•British Operational Experience in 1939oDaylight raids by twin-engine bombers against targets in N Germany ineffective and costlyoLosses high as 50%•12 our of 24 Wellington bombers shot down by German fighters during attack on Wilhelmshaven in 1939oDaylight raid soon suspended•German attack on Rotterdam on May 14, 1940•Battle of BritainoTactical or strategic?...
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