By Jon Lake
The RAF's so much profitable heavy bomber of global battle 2, the Avro Lancaster shaped the spine of Bomber Command in the course of the large-scale evening bombing crusade opposed to occupied Europe. Produced in mammoth numbers (over 7300 as much as VE-Day), the 1st examples entered squadron provider on Christmas Eve 1941, and tasted strive against the next March. the second one of 2 volumes at the British bomber icon of global struggle 2, this booklet info Bomber Command's enormous nocturnal bombing crusade, its help for the D-Day landings, Tallboy raids opposed to the U-boat pens in France and the battleship Tirpitz in Norway, and the ultimate sunlight missions of 1945.
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Future chief of the Luftwaffe General Staff General der Flieger Karl Koller backed Goring in this proposal, but they were swimming against the current of military thought in prewar Germany.
I7 Giulio Douhet (1869-1930) was an Italian army officer in World War I who had begun to theorize about flight and its future impact upon warfare before that conflict broke out. He became a confidant of the Caproni aircraft manufacturing interests, which produced heavy bombers in World War I and which naturally promoted the merits of strategic bombing. An artillery officer, Douhet had some knowledge of scientific principles, which he would later apply in an attempt to validate his ideas. During the war he was so critical of the Italian failure to devote more resources to air power and his government's otherwise inept conduct of the war that he was court-martialed and spent some time in prison.
22 TO COMMAND THE SKY troops or sea forces could join in battle ... Anti-aircraft defenses installed for the defense of military objects merely divert that much personnel from actual warfare ... The whole attack should be conducted in a prompt, aggressive manner. 24 While he had little use for antiaircraft artillery, Mitchell for a time had to wrap offensive striking power in the cocoon of a defensive role. That role was to maintain air superiority over the United States and protect it from the now feasible attacks by air fleets as well as traditional sea threats from the maritime approaches.
Lancaster Squadrons 1944-45 by Jon Lake