BATTLE OF EUROPE: What Price Bombing?

By day U.S. Fortresses and Liberators precisely planted bombs in Wilhelmshaven and Brest. By night R.A.F. Sterlings and Lancasters pattern-bombed Cologne and St. Nazaire. German targets were getting around-the-clock pounding such as they had never had before.

The why of round-the-clock raids, instead of more massive but sporadic attacks, had been best set forth by Major General Ira C. Eaker, commander of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in Britain. His reasons: 1) to inflict maximum damage; 2) to keep enemy defenses on a 24-hour alert; 3) to force maintenance of both day & night fighters in Western Europe.

Necessity also lay behind...

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