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Re: Condors and Fortresses
Condors were successful against merchant ships with none to minimal AA and slow speeds and maneuverability.
Attack warships at low level would be different. Is that not what Colin Kelly tried to do?
I recall Tanka's wry comment after his ship was hit by B17s.
Not strictly a floaty-things subject but please cut some slack.
'Been reading Midway stuff this week and was once again dismayed at the total lack of success of USAAF B-17s at Midway.
Considering, the much, much less capable / martial FW 200 Condor was "The Scourge of the Atlantic" for two years and sunk hundreds of thousands of tons...
...why did not the B-17 crews of the time who were expected to take on ships, utilize the Condors' frighteningly effective, proven techniques against IJN ships?
Attempting to hit a moving, able-to-evade-maneuver, ship from a straight-course plane at altitude, using a high-altitude bombsight seems rather iffy at absolute best.
A half dozen B-17Es coming in at 500 feet, leading-abeam their targets, at dawn or dusk, multiple .50s sweeping the ships' decks and releasing bombs in a shallow dive would certainly have accomplished more than six strings of bombs hitting water 500 or more yards off the target's position, as happened at Midway.
Thoughts? Thank you.
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