Army & Navy - The Skip Does It

Above the thin shimmering water-slash of a rising moon, a U.S. Flying Fortress thundered into the Jap harbor at Rabaul one night several months ago to make the first test in the South Pacific of a new technique—"skip-bombing."

Just above masthead height, the bomber headed for a fat freighter at the end of the moonbeam, rode up close with bomb doors open, flipped a pair of bombs. From that low altitude the bombs did not have time to point down. Instead they struck the water, still with more forward than downward momentum, skittered across the waves like a stone...

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