Operation Pointblank 1944: Defeating the Luftwaffe by Steven J. Zaloga

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By Steven J. Zaloga

Osprey's exam of Operation Pointblank, which was the code identify for the USA military Air Force's try and smash German fighter potential by utilizing sunlight strategic bombing prior to the D-Day landings of worldwide struggle II (1939-1945). introduced in 1943, the operation instantly met with critical difficulties, so much significantly the terrible attrition skilled by way of the united states bomber forces. besides the fact that, with the arriving of the P-51 Mustang, the us used to be in a position to equip the combatants to fly on long-range-bomber escort missions and take the struggle to the Luftwaffe within the skies over Germany. This ebook examines the full operation from either the Allied and the German views, overlaying the entire major judgements and technological techniques made by way of either side during this epic struggle.

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Furthermore, flak intimidated bomber crews and played a crucial role in degrading bomber accuracy. The flak commanders continued to push for upgrades in their armament, especially the trend from using the 88mm to the 105mm and 128mm guns because of their greater reach. Nevertheless, the growing threat of USAAF daytime-bomber attacks forced the Luftwaffe to place more emphasis on fighters over flak, and this was recognized by organization changes in early 1944. The previous Luftwaffenbefehlshaber Mitte was transformed into Luftflotte Reich on February 5, 1944.

The fighter units used this data as the basis for their ground-control-intercept (GCI) network for the night-fighter campaign against the RAF bombers. About three fourths of all night interceptions resulted in a bomber kill, and the interceptions were extremely dependent upon the night fighters being vectored into a precise area by means of radar-directed ground control. The Nachtjagdraumführer (or NaFü: night fighter director) system was a regionally based GCI network with individual stations controlling their assigned night fighters.

Com 3 1 6 8 5 7 2 4 BANDITS, 1 O’CLOCK LOW! An element of P-51B Mustang fighters (1) of the 363rd Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, peel off to intercept a group of Fw 190 fighters (2) attempting to intercept a B-17 formation above (3) during the March 1944 air battles. The P-51B in the foreground (4) is flown by Flight Officer Chuck Yeager, who later went on to fame as the first pilot to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 rocket plane. This particular aircraft carries the name “Glamourus Glen” (5), a misspelling of the intended “Glamorous Glennis,” named after Yeager’s girlfriend and later wife, Glennis Dickhouse.

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