Torpedo bombers also served as medium-or high-altitude bombers and were equipped with the Navy Norden bombsight
By mid-1943, a year after the AAF began bombing German industries, it had become evident to all but the most devoted advocates of high-altitude daylight precision bombing that the actualization of this doctrine did not even come close to the prewar boast that bombers with the Norden bombsight
could place a 250-pound bomb into a pickle barrel from 20,000 feet.
MAF was also the site of the US Army Air Corps Bombardier School during WWII, where numerous pilots were trained on the use of the famous Norden bombsight
on the remote plains and reaches of West Texas.
Heavy bombers, even if equipped with the Norden bombsight
, seldom were successful in pinpoint attacks.
There are bombs in the bomb bay, radios in the radio compartment and the famous Norden bombsight
rests in the Plexiglas nose.
Inside that vault were all the records and plans for the Norden bombsight
- a mechanical computer designed to determine the exact moment bombs needed to be released in order to hit their target.
General Arnold was a true visionary: in 1938, he approved the first order of B-17s, and he was pushing the development of radar and the Norden bombsight
America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 1910-1945 by Stephen McFarland, for example, examines the thinking on precision bombing in World War II through the lens of the Norden bombsight
and arrives at many of the same conclusions about strategic bombing as Builder.
The famed Norden bombsight
was developed for use in Navy patrol bombers and was later adopted by the Army Air Corps.
50 caliber machine guns to tail and wing turrets, as well as the most sophisticated bombing device at the time, the Norden bombsight
Furthermore, the US Navy--not Billy Mitchell's followers--developed the Norden bombsight
With a Norden bombsight
on a calm day in a B-17 in a clear sky you could put a bomb within several hundred feet of the intended target.