Re: Did Strategic Bombing lengthen the war?

Regards the issues of this thread, namely the issues RAF bomber Command not letting B-24's into RAF Coastal Command in 1942 and the non-filling of the North Atlantic "Air Gap" by centimeter (cm) band radar equipped Liberators,
I'm going to point out the following sources to show there were in fact enough such 10cm Liberators conducting ASW in the summer of 1942.

They were not allowed to be there thanks to the wartime roles and missions bureaucratic politics of US Navy Admiral Ernest J. King.

See here:

CROSS-POSTED REVIEW: Dr Martyn Smith, review of Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II, (review no. 2037)

Book:

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II

John Dower

London, Allen Lane, 1999, ISBN: 9780713993721; 688pp.; Price: £17.94

Reviewer:

Dr Martyn Smith

School of Oriental and African Studies

Citation:

Dr Martyn Smith, review of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II, (review no. 2037)

DOI: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2037

Re: Did Strategic Bombing lengthen the war?

H-War readers interested in this debate about the air gap, very long range aircraft, and the Battle of the Atlantic will probably learn a fair amount--as I did--by reading a long article by Christopher M. Bell: Air Power and the Battle of the Atlantic: Very Long Range Aircraft and the Delay in Closing the Atlantic “Air Gap." It is easy to find online; I downloaded it from Academia after a free registration there.

Re: Did Strategic Bombing lengthen the war?

Dr. Kuehn,

The main use of ASV radar on Coastal Command planes in the 1940-to-early 1942 period was not to find submarines.

It's prime role was allowing maritime patrol aircraft to find convoys in bad weather and to home on Coastal Command radar beacons at home bases in 1941-42.

These beacons were code named "Mother"and, IIRC, "Home to Mother" was a standard Coastal Command reply saying "returning to base."

See:

British ASV radars
prepared by Emmanuel Gustin
https://uboat.net/allies/technical/uk_radars.htm

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