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Blutarski2004
04-15-2008, 08:02 AM
Try searching Books.google.com under "operational research eighth air force". Lots of interesting material turns up, such as -

Damage effectiveness of 50cal - IIUC, operational analyisis showed that an a/c was not typically shot down due to a succession of 50cal strikes upon some given point, but was most often lost due to the effect of a single bullet strike upon a critical point - an oil or fuel line, an engine block or supercharger, a flight control, pilot, etc.

Ammo belting - Operational research had determined as early as late 1943 that the optimal ammunition belt load-out for fighter versus fighter combat was 100 pct API. The problem was that they could never convince the local fighter unit armorers to go along; each individual seemd to have his own favored "recipe".

50cal Tracers - Easy to see, but not ballistically consistent with the other projectiles.

V1 Buzz Bmb - The US had built approx 1300 copies of the V1 buzz bomb BEFORE the end of WW2.

P47 Drop Tanks - The early ex-tempore 150-gal cardboard droptanks manufactured in Great Britain for the P47 were restricted to 22,000 ft altitude.

Pilot attitudes toward fuel tankage - Pilots did NOT like to carry drop-tanks. It was apparently common practice for them to jettison drop-tanks after climb-out whether or not they still contained fuel. P51 pilots considered their auxiliary fuselage tank as a real flaming torch danger and would use up that fuel first.

Blutarski2004
04-15-2008, 08:02 AM
Try searching Books.google.com under "operational research eighth air force". Lots of interesting material turns up, such as -

Damage effectiveness of 50cal - IIUC, operational analyisis showed that an a/c was not typically shot down due to a succession of 50cal strikes upon some given point, but was most often lost due to the effect of a single bullet strike upon a critical point - an oil or fuel line, an engine block or supercharger, a flight control, pilot, etc.

Ammo belting - Operational research had determined as early as late 1943 that the optimal ammunition belt load-out for fighter versus fighter combat was 100 pct API. The problem was that they could never convince the local fighter unit armorers to go along; each individual seemd to have his own favored "recipe".

50cal Tracers - Easy to see, but not ballistically consistent with the other projectiles.

V1 Buzz Bmb - The US had built approx 1300 copies of the V1 buzz bomb BEFORE the end of WW2.

P47 Drop Tanks - The early ex-tempore 150-gal cardboard droptanks manufactured in Great Britain for the P47 were restricted to 22,000 ft altitude.

Pilot attitudes toward fuel tankage - Pilots did NOT like to carry drop-tanks. It was apparently common practice for them to jettison drop-tanks after climb-out whether or not they still contained fuel. P51 pilots considered their auxiliary fuselage tank as a real flaming torch danger and would use up that fuel first.