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21st Bomber Command Tactical Mission Report 40, Ocr

21st Bomber Command Tactical Mission Report 40, Ocr

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on
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en
pla.nned
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high_level,
prool.loft
effort.
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desir
ed
r
esult.
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not
b
ee
n
obtained,
however,
aince
in
0.
gre
at
many
instances
!ldvarae weo.theroond
lt
io
na
hnd
prev
ent
edvlauo.l bombing.
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o.
di
Co.lly
different
tactlc.
WUB
ma
de,
r
ea
ultin£in
II.
plan
tor
l
ow
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ev
el
.lncendlo.ry
o.tta
oks,
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wna
be
lieved
that
the followin
g o.dvo.nto.geswould re
sultl
1. Better
Weoth~LC!WA1-lliM.:
AtlO'lleT
c.lt1tudes
,w
inds
ot
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to
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3.l
'1'11!
~h
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t
..
180
knots
ut
25,
000
to
30,000
tut,
'WOuld
ordinarily
be
enc:lunt{1Tod, I:h\lu
mo.!Cing
1
unneceaso,ry
to
co
u
nter_
aot
e
xces
e1ve
drift
by
l
~~i~lngbombln~oppro~ches
to
eas
t_~
.
t
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conditions
wo'llci
also
tond
to
be
more
favoro.ble
at
lower
altitude
..
o.rlly
be
Be
tter
be
tt
er
U§L£LRM~"~I
at
lOVier
altitudes,
Scope
defin1
tion
would
ordin.
3.GUAtpr
BoQ..~.:
EHminat:l.on
of
the
climb
to
hl
gh
le
ve
lsplul
the
flLct
that
fcrrno.tiorBwould
not
be
flown
at
night
wouldr
llllu
lt
in
decr
ea
sod
fuel
conB"lmption
ar.d
there).~oro
llll"ger
bomb
lOll.ds.Inad
dition
,
it
WII.B
bei!.ovl:ld
that
nigr.t
bombing would
permitdispensing
~th
all
~unition
ex~ept
that
for the
tail
guns.
Th
e el
im
ina
tion
of
thla
weight
would"
also
inorease
the
potentinl
bomb
loo.d,
4.
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:
Low
-l
evol
fly
ing
WIUI
ex_
pected
toput
l
ess
strnin
o~
the
engines
o.nd
to
facilitate
theprob.
le.m
of mCl.intenanoe,5.
Greater
Bgmbing
Accurac~:
Errors
in
bombingwere
expeeted
to
d
ecrease
as
0.
result
of
the
lowering
of
thG bombinga
ltitude
Although
lo
w-
altitude
attCl.cks would ordinCl.fily incroll.se
the
probabil-
ity
of
losles
al
II.
result
of
enemy
actioc.
the
miesions
~uld
be
~
planned
to
reach
Japan o.t
0.
tim
e
whon
its
defenses
were
least
effec
tive.
The
fnot
t
hat
the
enemy
had
not
as
yet
d
evel
oped an
effiC
i
en
tn
ight
fighter
was
an importCl.nt
conside
r
ation
,Although
night
bombing
wou
ld
be
new
for
a
great
many
B
_29
cr
ews
,
0.
11
cr
ews
bad had
experience
in
night
navigation
on
previous
missio
ns.
To
take
advantag
e
of
t
he
surprise
element
in
the
p
lan
ning,
four
lepa
r
ate targets
W
G~e
selectod
for
attn
cks
eve
ry
second
night
in
ord.
er
to
prevent
.
IlS
far
M
ross~"ble
,
the
e
nemy
from
setti
ng up
effoctive
l
O'«
-l
evel
defen
ses.
Targe";s
selonted
wore
the
urban ll.reas
of
Tokyo,Nagoya,Osakaa
nd
Kobe.
N~goya
was
lCl.ter
made
the
target
for
a
$Oe
~
ond a
tt
ack,tho
fifth
a
nd
last
of
this
seriss,
Th
e
first
mission
aga
inst
Tokyo
was
planned
o.t an
attaok
al
ti
tude
of5000
to
eooo fe
et
so
that
maximum
e
ff
eot
of
e
nemy
automo.tioweapons G
nd
barrage
bo.lloonscou
ld
be avoided,Pickod
crews,
d
es
ig
nated
as
pathfinder
crews,
were
to
mark
tho
aim
ing
points
,Bombingwas
to
beby
individu
al
aircraft
,
with
eac
hplane
usingradar
II.ppro_o.ches
an
dmaking
visual
co
rr
oc
tions,
if
possible,
It
is
noteworthy
thc.t
the
ob
j
ect
of
these
atto.Oks
wa
s
W
to
bomb
indi
sc
ri
mi
n
ate
ly
civi
li
an
popU
lat
i
ons.
Th
eObject
!n!
to
des-
troy
the
indqstrial
~
str
ato'
1'
targets
oonoentrated
inthe
urban
areas
of
these
f
our
ma
jo
r
Japanes
ooitie
s.
§.
HB
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