From: Super secret hidden base
Low leval Bombing in Stock is prety darn lame, and the bombers are way more acurate than they should be, it is truly gamey. The adaption or preferance for Skip bombing came out of the fact that Low leval, deamed Low by the USAF as under 2,000 ft, was not acurate enough and exposed the bombers to much to AA fire, thus skip bombing became the prefered option for such atack platforms (2E bombers, and even 4E bombers , the later at night in limited numbers). Historicaly Large Bombers could not hit ships at sea with any degree of acuracery or consistancy, even well traied and very practed early war Japanese crewes had dificulity with this, of all the bombs droped on the PoW And Repulse only a very few hit.
I don't recall a great many bombs being dropped on POW. Mostly torpedoes, but I recall a hit percentage of something like 20%. I would call that pretty good. There of course have been multiple disucssions about that attack on this board and the hit counts have been posted several times.
Edit: as long as we're discussing it, it is also quite well documented that 2E bomber attacks were quite accurate and deadly. Early in the war the Japanese plastered just about anything at sea in the DEI. Most fleeing ships had to travel at night and hide in coves during the day to have any chance of survival.
By the end of 42 the Allies were torching about any merchant within range with B-25s, 26s, A-20s and even P-39s. Although skip bombing was a tactic that was still making its way into use, low level bomb attacks, well under 2000 ft occurred and wreaked havoc.
The distinction of course is warship vs merchant. The accounts of cruisers or larger warships being sunk by LBA are few. This is probably due general ineffectiveness of bombs, and a desire to stay away from AA fire, rather than an inability to hit. It is also certainly true that early allied LBA attacks were an exercise in futility as many of them occured at 10k ft or more. However, in the battle of the Bismark Sea the DDs were sunk right along with the transports, all by LBA. Similar results occured in the Philipines.
The IJ LBA attacks only ceased to be a serious threat when the allies gained air superiority. This caused major problems with keeping Guadalcanal Canal supplied in the early going.
Edited again to clean up horrible writing.
< Message edited by niceguy2005 -- 8/15/2008 1:30:00 AM >
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