by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller
During World War II, the various uses of bombing tactics was interesting. The RAF first tried area bombing, which was a cross your finger type of hope that you could hit a target by plastering an area with bombs! In 1942, Britain turned to saturation bombing of German cities. Nine hundred bombers pummeled
Cologne in the first raid of this sort. When the United States joined in the war effort, the B-17 bomber, called the Flying Fortress, was used, which had better bombsights. The heavy armor it had and scores of guns enabled it to take brutal beatings, so pinpoint bombing of specific targets during the daytime were favored. You have experienced the newest style of bombing tactic, which is knowledge bombing!