Doolittle Raid tech question (B-25)

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  1. Nikademus

    Nikademus Member

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    Found this interesting passage in John Tolland's book "The Rising Sun (the decline and fall of the Japanese Empire 1936 - 1945)

    At exactly 12:30pm, Doolittle was over his target. Using a twenty-cent "Mark Twain" bombing device, which was more accurate for a low altitude attack than the overrated Norden bombsight, Fred Braemer released the first bomb.

    Does anybody have any information on this bombing device? Curious.

    thx
     
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    That was an impressive grab on that obscure tidbit of aviation history, tbolt! Now that I've learned somethign totally new today, I'm a happy camper.

    It does remind me of the altitude / direction finders used by the British aircraft spotters out in the fields (Home Guard, maybe?). Simple enough for my use, even.

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    thx!

    odd looking thing.
     
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    How very strange....I read that same passage earlier this morning.
     
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    If you ever see the B-25 "Panchito", it has one mounted in the nose.
     
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