Navigation of figthers and wind in high altitude

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    #1 Jenisch, Dec 22, 2014
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    Hello everyone,

    I was wondering how Allied fighters in Western Europe conducted missions unaccompanied from bombers or other multi-crew aircraft in regard to the high speed winds which can be found in high altitude. In other words: how the pilotos managed to calculate their ground speed and thus their position in such condition?

    Thanks since how for the attention,

    Marcelo Jenisch
     
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    they probably used the sameold style hand calculators and tools as flying VFR today...but an E6B and the dial computer. they knew their heading home, and last winds aloft ( speed and direction )...it wasnt an exact science. a lot of times when they came across the channel they were not very high.
     
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    I believe they could also get ground fixes by using ground control radios.
     
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    when they got close to home there was a "beam" signal...iirc one was a daw dit......the other a dit daw. it was a very primitative VOR/ADF kind of thing. remember hearing my dad say how they used it but i am nore sure i remember correctly. drgondog probably knows what it was and how it worked.
     
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    yeah...them thingies. i have 2 of the original computers ( just the left side calculator ) but none with the wind speed slider.
     
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