RAF Bomber Command Tactical Notes, 1 Group, 1943

RAF Bomber Command Tactical Notes, 1 Group, 1943

Code: P27183-55

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P/b, 17 x 20.5cm, 49pp, August 1943.  Looseleaf bound with a treasury tag.  A really fascinating document giving details of Germany's defence systems and what happens when a bomber approaches the enemy coastline, the problems when encountering night-fighters, taking evasive action against fighters, evasive action over the target and notes on heavy flak.  It also covers the negative effects of taking evasive action in loss of bombing accuracy,  increased chances of being hit by flak or another allied aircraft and the problems encountered with searchlights and being 'coned'.  Other chapters cover Path Finder Force methods of target marking and minelaying operations.  The last few pages have diagrams of how to effectively take evasive action.  A bit soiled and dog-eared but in perfectly good legible condition.  Overstamped '1662 Conversion Unit, 26 Sep 1943' (1662 HCU was formed at RAF Blyton, Lincolnshire on 26th January 1943).
From the foreword : 'Bomber Command is now engaged in carrying out a major offensive... the aim being always to drop the maximum tonnage of bombs on the enemy where it hurts most, for the smallest possible number of casualties.  These notes have been written to assist you, the aircrew, whose wholehearted efforts are required to continue this offensive against Germany.  By reading and re-reading these notes you should be better prepared to find and exploit the chinks in the enemy's defences.  Stick to the laid down route like a leech and adhere to the ordered tactics... don't drop your bombs aimlessly wide of the target and leave the more determined crews to take the brunt of the defences.  Destroy your objective in one attack and obviate the necessity of having to go back and attack it again.'  Stock code P27183-55.