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pattern bombing[′pad·ərn ‚bäm·iŋ]
A method of bombing in which the bombs are made to strike the target in a certain pattern.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A systematic covering of the target area by carpet-bombing, uniformly distributed according to the plan. Pattern bombing is done by a formation of airplanes acting as a single unit. The lead aircraft of a formation does the sighting for the entire formation, and the formation releases its bombs as simultaneously as possible. Pattern bombing, if properly done, ensures an even distribution of bombs.
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