Army & Navy: Eyes for the Guns

The U.S. Army was showing signs of the imagination, sensible planning and deadly precision that makes an army great. Last week, at Fort Sill, Okla., the artillery opened a school—the first such regular school—to train pilots for grasshopper planes.

To hit an enemy over the hill and around the corner, artillery has to put an observer where he can correct fire. This was easy from a balloon. But in 1942 high-powered planes have made balloons dangerously obsolete. Using commercial flivvers, artillery pilots hop up & down behind their own lines—just long enough to see...

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