quote:However, during the Salerno landings that allies hadn't yet developed any effective countermeasures. According to Vice Admiral Hewitt, commander of the invasion fleet, their "best" countermeasure was to hope that the bomb would miss. Their next best was to have the men who owned electric razors turn them on during an attack. While this had no impact on the bomb's accuracy it did make the men feel a bit better.
I'm currently in the second book, "Day of Battle", of Rick Atkinson's, "The Liberation Trilogy" and ran across this bit about the HMS Warspite -
"Fritz-X attacks in the coming day would also cripple the battleship H.M.S. Warspite and the cruiser H.M.S. Uganda, among eighty-five Allied vessels hit by German bombs at Salerno."
The Fritz-X was a bomb guided by a German bomber pilot using a joystick from his cockpit. It nearly sunk the U.S.S. Savannah and did sink the Italian battleship Roma as she was sorting to join the British fleet at Malta after Italy's surrender.
All of this was during Operation Avalanche in September 1943.
The first known attack by the Fritz-X was in late August 1943 in the Bay of Biscay in which a British sloop was sunk.
I know all this is way ahead of where you are now ... but I wasn't aware that Germany made use of guide bombs during WW2.
The Fritz-X and Hs 293 were initially effective, but the Allies rapidly figured out how to spoof the radio guide beams, more or less neutralizing it, at least against larger vessels that were equipped with the spoofers.
By the end of the war, the Germans were working on wire guided air-launched missiles, but while they had trials, I don't think they were ever used operationally.
Honestly, you can't make this stuff up.