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Battle of the Bismarck Sea Begins (1943) Options
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Battle of the Bismarck Sea Begins (1943)

This battle was an unparalleled victory for Allied air power in WWII. During the engagement, Allied planes attacked and nearly obliterated a Japanese convoy transporting thousands of troops to New Guinea. The Japanese loss of critical reinforcements and supplies changed the course of the Pacific War. The Allies were later criticized for strafing Japanese survivors, reportedly in retaliation for Japanese actions earlier in the battle. What new bombing technique did the Allies use in the battle? More...
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Modified B-25 Bombers Pioneered The Skip-Bombing Tactic

Using modified B-25 bombers to develop skip-bombing, the U.S. Air Force found it to be an effective technique against Japanese shipping.

One of the successful strategies used by airmen in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations was skip- bombing, a method of aerial attack in which a bomber approached an enemy ship at wave-top height, then released a bomb with a delayed-action fuse from some distance away.

The airplane would zoom up and over the target while the bomb skipped across the water like a pebble on a lake to smash into the side of the vessel, then sink beneath the surface to explode below the waterline where the concussion would be enhanced by the compressibility of the water. Just when the tactic was developed and by whom is open to dispute. General George C. Kenney, commander of the U.S. Fifth Air Force, claimed to have pioneered the tactic, but historians point out that experiments with skip-bombing had been carried out by the Army Air Corps ordnance department before the war.

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