A revolution in U.S. air tactics is taking place in the Pacific. Flying Fortresses have begun to drop their bombs from low altitudeseven as low as 200 ft.
Since the war began, the Boeing B-17 had been flying at 20,000 to 35,000 ft. While the pilot set himself for the rigidly exacting task of the bombing run, the bombardier adjusted his instrument to height, wind drift and speed, then caught the target in the bombsight's magic eye. The bomb bay's doors opened. When the bombsight said the time had come, the bombs fell toward the target.
More often than not they missed.