11-17-2010

11-17-2010 - 11-17-2010Midterms gradedDialectic Essay due...

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Unformatted text preview: 11-17-2010Midterms gradedDialectic Essay due Nov. 22ndStrategic BombingLimited doctrines, technology, and equipmentSpanish Civil War may have provided evidence for the terror bombingoGermans not sold on strategic bombing in SpainBattle 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 protectionWellington BomberoBest craft of Brits during this warBristol Blenhiem, Handley Page H.P.52 Hampden, and Armstrong Whitely other craftsUnderestimated capabilities of interceptorsNo provision for fighter escortAmericansoBelieved in strategic bombing alsooFocused on destruction of key industrial targets selected to max economic disruptionoTacticial forces mandated by Army requirementsoUtility of fighters debatedAmerican 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 SchematicDeemed to Secret WeaponClear air, no combat conditions, no cloud cover, no tucker factorsAble to put bombs into areas size of half our classroomCircular Air Probability or CEP???oAbout 1000 yards at the timeBritish 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 suspendedGerman attack on Rotterdam on May 14, 1940Battle of BritainoTactical or strategic?...
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