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Posted by DAVID ALCOCK on June 9, 2018, 23:26:06, in reply to "Fortresses...
THE Fortress drivers believed the hype that the Norden bombsight could put a bomb in a pickle barrel from 30,000 feet! the Japanese had heard that so threw the pickle barrels overboard!
if they had tried attacking the Japanese carriers and battleships at low level the chances are they would all have been shot down!
the B17 had the publicity the LIBERATOR did the job!
...would come to be used in the low-level skip-bombing attack. The Japanese cruiser Aoba was a victim of precisely that and nearly sunk as a result.
One might ask though where the B-17s--whose numbers very limited--would find Japanese ships to attack. They achieved other successes, to be sure; I recall that they put paid to an important transport and a destroyer in August '42 but if I recall correctly the Fortress was eventually phased out in favor of the Liberator. As it happened the use of large numbers of Mitchells and Havocs relegated the four-engine jobs to long range operations where they were better suited for the missions required.
You might choose to read up on the topic in Craven & Cate; I imagine they delve into the topic thoroughly and I believe the title Fortress Against the Sun by Salecker) gets into more of the nuts and bolts.
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