By Martin Bowman
On 23 November 1943, a hundred (Bomber help) team of RAF Bomber Command was once shaped. the item used to be to consolidate some of the squadrons and devices that have been combating a mystery battle of electronics and radar countermeasures, trying to decrease the losses of the heavy bombers - and their difficult pressed crews - in Bomber Command. This mystery battle concerned using air and floor radar's, homing and jamming apparatus, distinctive radio and navigational aids, and intruding night-fighters to find and damage their counterparts, the Ju 88s and Bf 110s of the Nachtjägdgeschwader who defended the evening skies of the 3rd Reich with ever expanding success.
The booklet comprises many first-hand money owed from pilots and team and offers a desirable checklist of a hundred Group's wartime historical past.
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T he other possibilities called for the Ger mans to steer sout h-west towa rds th e fleet was south-east to th e H orn s Reeflights hip an d then south behin d the minefields approac hing tor pedoes , he could either tu rn his dreadn ou gh ts into th em or turn away Ems River and then head east to Wi lhelms haven, or to steer sout h towards Hel igoland fro m th em. If he turned into th em , th e speed of th e advancing to rpedoes combined and the n hom e. For his parr, Jellicoe doub ted th at th e Ge rma ns wo uld attemp t to with th e speed of his own ships wo uld leave litt le m argin for erro r in executi ng evasive break th rou gh the British fleet again to reach Horns Reef, so he decided to head sout h.
Hit in informing him th at th e Germans were not at sea. This gross error was the result of her amidships ma gazine , she blew up at 1626hrs with th e loss of all but eight of her poor judgem ent from th e Director of th e Operations D ivision at the Admiralty. It crew of 1,274 . Her destruction was witn essed by th e navigat ing offic er o n th e battlecrui ser New Zealand: was also a cru cial error; had ] ellicoe been informed th at th e Ge rma ns were at sea, he could have increased his speed to enga ge th e Ge rmans earlier in the day.
British shells tend ed to break up when striking heavy armo ur at an oblique angle, and detonated before penetrati ng deep int o th e plate. T he defects of British armo ur-piercing shells ranged from th e use of Iyddire as a bursting agen t to shells being too brittl e and fuses that had no delay. Of the 13 heavy shells that hit German armo ur 10in thi ck or more, only six were effective. British shells also performed poorly against armo ur of only 6-9in. Fleet put to sea to int ercept. T he actua l event was anti- climactic.
Confounding the Reich: The RAF's Secret War of Electronic Countermeasures in WWII by Martin Bowman