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8. July 1943: 5 Condors attack convoy from 4 000+ meters, sink 2 troopships with dumb bombs
definitely a on off, but remarkably good work by the bombardiers. Source: Chris Goss "FW200 The Condor at War", p. 173ff.
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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