A study conducted by SAC in February 1951 revealed that "neither current escort fighters
nor programmed escort fighters
have a capability of adequately defending bombers" and as a result, the bomber force would "suffer an unacceptable loss rate during daylight conditions over enemy territory defended by interceptors.
Although partially successful, these dedicated officers could not overcome the paucity of funding, and the Army entered World War II deficient in key weapons, such as heavy tanks that could challenge German Panthers and Tigers head-on as well as long-range escort fighters
that could protect the Flying Fortresses and Liberators on their way to Berlin and back.
But in practice, the Spitfire was used to counter German escort fighters
, particularly Messerschmitt Bf 109s, while the Hurricane squadrons attacked the bombers.
This account of the World War II strategic bombing mission is told largely in the veterans' own words and covers all who participated in the long-range bombing run, from pilots and crew to escort fighters
These escort fighters
retained their formation when attacked and the combat soon became a dogfight between the escorting fighters and our Spitfires.
The Heinkels and their escort fighters
were detected by radar shortly after noon, badly adrift and 70 miles north of their target because of a serious navigation error.
Still, the little rocket plane, because of its ability to outrace escort fighters
, did manage to cause considerable losses to allied bombers.
Indeed, it is difficult to imagine defeating Nazi Germany absent air superiority over Europe (including Normandy on 6 June 1944), which was obtained by compelling the Luftwaffe to exhaust itself against ever-larger waves of Allied bombers and their escort fighters
Total of 39 F/A-18Bs for USN and USMC as escort fighters
to replace F-4s and as attack aircraft replacing A-7s under FY79 to FY85 contracts.
Those who slowed by reducing power risked being bounced by escort fighters
that could make short work of the heavily loaded and sluggish jets before their early turbojets slowly generated sufficient power to get them back up to 550-mph flight speeds.
Fighter Pilot himself) all concluded that the idea of escort fighters
for long-range bombers was impractical--desirable, but impractical?
On escort missions, enemy fighters would rise to shoot down the bombers, and the escort fighters
intercepted the interceptors and often shot them down before they could damage or destroy the bombers.