ORIGINAL: castor troy
ORIGINAL: Central Blue
Hello, I have a question about strategic bombers on naval attack.
I have several times experienced B 17s conducting naval attack on ships currently at sea, and find that they frequently hit the target. The bombing altitudes used have been between 6 000 - 8 000 feet and 9 000 - 11 000 feet.
Out of in total 9 individual attack phases with an average of +/ - 10 strategic bombers in average per mission I find their sucsess ratio to be very high - a lot higher than I would assume that B 17s ever could have been on naval attack from any altitude?
I am now in May of 1942 and have already lost 2 captiol ships ( 2 heavy cruisers) and one of them was at sea when it was attacked by B 17s, it took 6 500 lbs from them and sunk.
I would assume that this ship would be doing 30 knots, shooting all its anti aircraft-guns and zig-zaging...
Of course the few B17 s could have been lucky this time, however I find them to have "Dauntless like" preformance against cargo-ships when operating from lower altitudes...
I understand that many of you operates with HR´s regarding this?
It happened IRL. For example, B-24's of the 308th bombardment group received a DUC for interdiction of shipping in the South China Sea. B-17's flew at various levels in the Battle of the Bismark Sea. That's just scratching the surface.
From Air Force Magazine:
On Oct. 15, 1944, five months after joining the Group, Carswell won his first major distinction. Late that afternoon, he took off from an advance base at Liuchow on a solo sweep over the South China Sea. About 150 miles east of Hong Kong, he found a formation of six naval vessels. In a first attack through the concentrated fire of those heavily armed warships, Carswell's crew got two direct hits on a cruiser, blowing it up. Using his remaining bombs, Carswell made three runs on a destroyer, scoring one direct hit and two near misses that put the ship out of action.
how much hits did he really score and what were those shis?
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USS St. Louis firing on Guam, July 1944. The Cardinals and Browns faced each other in the World Series that year