The Science of Bombing

The Science of Bombing

Operational Research in RAF Bomber Command

Book - 2009
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After suffering devastating losses in the early stages of the Second World War, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force established an Operational Research Section within bomber command in order to drastically improve the efficiency of bombing missions targeting Germany. In The Science of Bombing, Randall Wakelam explores the work of civilian scientists who found critical solutions to the navigational and target-finding problems and crippling losses that initially afflicted the RAF.

Drawing on previously unexamined files that re-assess the efficacy of strategic bombing from tactical and technical perspectives, Wakelam reveals the important role scientific research and advice played in operational planning and how there existed a remarkable intellectual flexibility at Bomber Command. A fascinating glimpse into military strategy and decision-making, The Science of Bombing will find a wide audience among those interested in air power history as well as military strategists, air force personnel, and aviation historians.

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780802096296
0802096298
9780802099365
080209936X
Branch Call Number: 940.544941 W149
Characteristics: ix, 347 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.

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