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A few months back when there was discussion about Boelcke's war diary, I bought a copy on amazon.com. When it arrived, there was a second book, same binding, same publisher...free. The title was something like "Bombing With The Bedouins", or something like. About the same size as Boelcke's book, this was by an American flying with a Handley-Page unit on the Westrn Front. (called 'The Bedouins' because they were constantly being switched from one airfield to another)


He talked a lot about these listening devices. Clunky as they look, a series of them could get a pretty good fix on a formation overhead. The author described a typical mission when they fly a straight line to the target, bombing in late afternoon and returning home in darkness. On the homeward route, they'd fly a dog-leg, using some lit-up city as their navigation point. He said the flak was very good. Even on full moon nights when they were above a heavy cloud cover over the city, the shooting was as good as on clear nights. I recall he talks of planes getting shot up, but not of great casualties. Dangerous flak, not murderous, but Sphinctor Condition 8 until you're out of it.


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