Was there any ATC?

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Was there any ATC?

Postby H/Kriz » Fri May 06, 2005 6:55 am

During raids a lot of plane are going up at one time. the bombers had old planes painted up to join up on. What I am wondering is how did the forming groups avoid each other? Radar was a new thing at that time.
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Postby PunchyPowell » Sat May 14, 2005 10:57 am

Several months ago one of the major av/mags had a wonderful article describing the whole ball of wax on how the bombers assembled over England before heading for the Continent. As a fighter pilot I was amazed that there were not more air-to-air collisions in this procedure--and it did happen occasionally. You will have to ask a bomber pilot about how they assembled as many as 1,000 bombers. I can only imagine with great difficulty but they did it. Radar was very much a presenceand navigation aid over England and each bomb group was assigned an assembly area, most times having to climb up through an overcast to their directed assembly area. This was all done in the early moning hours starting hours before we fighter pilots were briefed for our missions since we did not escort them across the North Seabut rendezvoused with them at some designated point over the Continent with different fighter groups assigned to meet them at Point A and escort them to Point Bwhere another fighter group took over the escort, then another fromPoint C to Point D, etc., repeating this on the return from the targetarea, thus providing overlapping coverage as much as possible. --bp
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Postby H/Kriz » Sat May 14, 2005 4:49 pm

Thanks Bob........Kriz
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