Skip Bombing

Skip Bombing

by James Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275945405

ISBN-13: 9780275945404

Pub. Date: 05/24/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Murphy was one of a very small number of volunteer pilots who, with their flight crews, started bombing at low altitudes in B-17 flying fortresses in the Southwest Pacific. The aircraft were flown at a 200-foot altitude and at 250 miles per hour at night. One-thousand pound bombs, equipped with four-to-five second fuses, were dropped from the B-17s. On March 3,

Overview

Murphy was one of a very small number of volunteer pilots who, with their flight crews, started bombing at low altitudes in B-17 flying fortresses in the Southwest Pacific. The aircraft were flown at a 200-foot altitude and at 250 miles per hour at night. One-thousand pound bombs, equipped with four-to-five second fuses, were dropped from the B-17s. On March 3, 1943, the Japanese made a desperate move to re-supply their forces on New Guinea. Twenty-two cargo, transport, and war ships proceeded toward New Guinea using bad weather for cover. They were found in the Bismarck Sea. The Allied Air Forces—using skip bombing—sank all twenty-two Japanese ships. Murphy was credited with sinking nine Japanese ships during his year of combat, including one in the Bismarck Sea battle. Skip bombing became a tactic that helped the U.S. win the war in the South Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275945404
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/24/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Photographs

Maps

Illustrations

Introduction

July to September 1942

September to October 1942

October 1942

October to November 1942

November to December 1942

January to March 1943

Battle of the Bismarck Sea, March 1943

March to April 1943

April to May 1943

May to June 1943

Index

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