Inspired by another thread (Mosquito instead of B-17).
- There are no B-29s available for the Korean war
- US air strategists decide that "Mosquito" type raids are the best against any target in the theatre, including industry, infrastructure, cities, etc.
1. What aircraft is/are the best for the job (available already or that can be quickly brought into service):
a. June-October1950, until MiG-15s arrive?
b. November 1950 to the end of war?
2. What is the counter-strategy of the Soviets and Chinese?
It is turning into a most intriguing question.
The B-36 wasn't available in 1950 in operational numbers needing all sorts of fixies.
Even assuming the B-45 was made in bigger numbers that doesn't solve the logistics problems. The B-45 didn't have enough range to deploy across the Pacific and trying to sending the planes by ship requires taking wings off. It could be done but rather difficult.
The B-29 was used for a number of reasons. The SAC was using higher priority squadrons to guard the Russians. So you can't automatically use the best US planes in the inventory.
It was around 580-600 miles at the shortest to fly bases in Japan to the Korea/China border one way so the US/UN forces might have build more bomber bases inside Korea?