When the attack skip bomber concept was put into effect by a USAAF outfit (5th airforce)they decided that a bomb would be a better bargain. Couple of reasons I could think of, Navy not having good torpedoes, navy not giving over torpedoes to MacArthur, shallow draft of vessels being attacked, thin armor of ships in that area, pilot needing to concentrate more on torpedo run, having to fly slower, shallow waters as generally heavy bombers did port strikes, etc... The Soviets used A-20 Havoc teams, one solid nose for AA suppression, one armed with a torpedo. I'm downloading a couple of hundred Osprey books, here is a preview from one of them.
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=AYR_sqJwlAEC&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=skip+bombing+vs+torpedo&source=bl&ots=Om-FJDgLpa&sig=Gh6xfTzcWmJFcR2Q2iVvuZd9K5E&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jmb3T6b8NMjVrQfjlvTKBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=skip%20bombing%20vs%20torpedo&f=false Seems like the Marines could do them but said no thank you. But again, most of them faced thin skinned shallow draft coastal vessels. I think some of the early Venturas could release torpedoes, but not sure of that
Google torrent Osprey world history series - i didnt check if this book is amongst them. I do spend 300-400 USD on books per month on Amazon (half for shipping to India), so I dont feel so guilty getting this in torrent.
< Message edited by icepharmy -- 7/6/2012 11:39:57 PM >