Lufberry circle

Lufberry circle

Lufberry circle
Bombers are in a defensive circle and trying to protect each other. However, fighters instead of falling behind them are using the vertical plane to shoot them down one by one.
A World War II tactic adopted by bombers to evade being shot down by enemy fighters. The bomber formation went into a defensive circle to provide mutual protection against attacking fighters. These tactics were not entirely successful as the fighters used vertical displacement against the formation, flying a flattened corkscrew defensive formation.
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Raoul Lufberry, acclaimed as the originator of such fighter tactics as the Lufberry circle. Although he had seventeen enemy aircraft to his credit while operating with the French, Lufberry had never downed an enemy plane within the allied lines.