|FABIO - 2013-03-07 |
Can't help but think what an ineffective massive waste of lives and resources strategic bombing was.
Jet Bin Fever
I'm glad senseless killing and destruction in war is a thing of the past.
|Doomstein - 2013-03-07 |
In WWII the US lost about 35% of all the B-17's manufactured in combat.
While completing your misison quota (which ended up being 30 runs) you had a about a 70% chance of dying.
47,500 B-17 pilots and crewmembers bought the big one over Europe.
Those guys had huge balls to get back in that thing over and over again.
Never played it, but it's true. The British, in their Lancaster bombers, had equally god-awful losses.
The US did daylight bombing, while the British bombed by night, and the German night-fighters just tore them to pieces with no way to defend themselves in the dark.
As for the Germans and their U-boats, once their codes were cracked they got raped by depth charges. 75% losses definitely sounds plausable.
The Lancaster had a one piece thru-the-body wing that made it difficult to bail out, but was very strong, so the pilots used violent evasive maneuvers tio try and escape. In an emergency they could go into a power dive and hit a speed that would tear a Heinkel's wings off to try and escape. While carrying a 2 ton blockbuster to create flammable rubble for their incendiaries. Their defensive .303 guns weren't much use, but they could carry 3x the bombload of a B-17. Variations of the Lancaster remained in service until the first Gulf War. For carpet bombing they'd have streams of several hundred in the air at once, bombing the living fuck out of some city all night and battling night fighters 1 on 1.
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|Syd Midnight - 2013-03-09 |
Generals like "Bomber" Harris and Curtis "Bomb Everyone" LeMay did not care about the human toll because their long term plans were to level every single enemy city then burn the rubble until you finally kill the right guy. So they saw raw numbers, units flying 25 missions with a 5% chance of getting shot down each time were sustainable in a successful war of attrition.
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