Excerpt from the Pilot Training Manual of the B-17 Flying Fortress:
Accurate and effective bombing is the ultimate purpose of
your entire airplane and crew. Every other function is preparatory to hitting
and destroying the target.
That's your bombardier's job. The success or failure of the mission depends upon
what he accomplishes in that short interval of the bombing run.
When the bombardier takes over the airplane for the run on the target, he is in
absolute command. He will tell you what he wants done, and until he tells you
"Bombs away," his word is law.
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Bombardier's Information File:
Perhaps the most informative
publication on WWII bombing every produced, even covering Nomenclature and
Operation of the Norden M series Bomb Sight.
Also covers: bombing tables, bombing analysis, Computers (E-6B, G-1, time-of-run computations), instrument calibration and navigation (Magnetic compass, gyro-stabilized flux gate compass, astro-compass)
View: Original 1945 / Bombardiers Information File Manual B-17 B-24 B-25 B-29 etc. (BIF)
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WWII Bombing Training Manual - Restricted
Information For Bombardier's:
Bombardier's / Students
Manual - Strategic BOMBING - Army Air Forces Training Command Dated
1944. This training manual contains a wealth of previously
classified information on strategic bombing methods and equipment.
More than other nations, the United States and Great Britain built
their pre-war air power strategy around strategic bombing theory.
They devoted huge financial, material, and personnel resources to
the development of bomber aircraft, equipment, and the training of
View: Original 1944 / Manual BOMBING - Army Air Forces Training Command