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Part of the problem was the loss of experienced pilots and failure to impliment training programs to recirculate experienced pilots back as instructors. Another aspect was the US switch to bombing oil refineries which began with a huge raid on the Leuna oil refinery in May 1944. Germany did not suffer so much a shortage of oil as a shortage of refineries, ...


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Not true, my father was at Arromanches on D-day and over following days. They were attacked repeatedly by Ju-88 aircraft dropping Oyster mines within the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches. My rather had a B&W photo of one such aerial mine impacting the sea inside the harbour He said on one occasion a Ju-88 attacked so low its propellers lifted plumes of ...


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According to "Birth of a Legend. The Bomber Mafia and the Y1B-17" by Capt Arthur H. Wagner, USCG(ret.) and Lt Col Leon E. Braxt, a Bulgarian Air Force pilot suggested the use of aircraft for bombing during the First Balkan War in 1912. Subsequently, Captain Simeon Petrov developed the idea and created a number of prototypes. After a number of iterations the ...


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The reason why your source does not give the starting location (Los Angeles) is because it took him months to do it due to weather and other delays, so the arrival notification just included the final legs: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac, 1912 Robert G. Fowler (Wright Model B), started from San Francisco for New York Sept. 11, 1911, reaching Colfax, ...


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In WWII, with better targeting equipment, bombs dropped on Japan from high altitude by B-29s generally missed their targets because of erratic winds. General Curtis LeMay took over command of the Pacific bombing forces and ordered the bombers to come in lower to correct the problem. See http://www.usaaf.net/ww2/hittinghome/hittinghomepg9.htm


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This is not really a history question, but anyway... I presume we are talking about shells here, not bombs. You may want to read "High Explosive Shells" By Percy E. Barbour, E. A. Suverkrop (1915) which you can find on Google Books. Shells can (and did) have dual fuzes so that the shell would explode if it hit something before timer expired. There are many ...



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