America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 1910-1945

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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In America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, Stephen McFarland traces the evolution of bombing doctrines and of two interrelated technologies-bombsights and automatic pilots-from the earliest efforts in 1910 to stabilize aircraft in flight to the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. Using primary sources, he discusses the technology behind strategic bombing campaigns and offers the first complete account of the Norden bombsight as the underpinning of that strategy. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Stephen L. McFarland is Professor of History and former Dean of the Graduate School, Auburn University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Note on Termsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Means for Dropping Projectiles from Aerial Craftsp. 8
The Army's Pursuit of Precision Bombingp. 26
To Sink Shipsp. 45
The Norden Bombsight and Precision Bombing Doctrinep. 68
The Air Corps Adopts a Bombing Strategy for World War IIp. 89
The Navy Adopts Dive Bombing for World War IIp. 105
Preparation for Warp. 112
Procurement for Warp. 135
The Young Men behind Plexiglasp. 150
Daylight Precision Strategic Bombing against Germanyp. 165
Japan's Congested and Highly Inflammable Citiesp. 191
Epiloguep. 206
United States Bombsight Acquisition, 1911-1945p. 211
Prime Contractors for the Norden Bombsighting Systemp. 216
USAAF Bombardier Training (graduates)p. 218
The Bombsighting Problemp. 221
Operation of the Norden Mark 15/M-Series Bombsightp. 229
Glossaryp. 233
Abbreviationsp. 239
Notesp. 241
Select Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 305
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