"The World at War" Whirlwind: Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944 (TV Episode 1974) Poster

James Stewart: Himself - Squadron Commander


  • James Stewart - Squadron Commander : Formation flying was really the name of the game for us, 8th Air Force. there's never anything like it happened before or since. thay actually were, sort of, making their own rules up as they went along, because it was a brand new concept. It made it possible to have a more concentrated firepower from the gunner's positions on all the airplanes. the fact that you could depend on good formation, tight formation, not only helped you in defense of fighter attack, it made your chances of achiving good bombing results much better, because, if your bombing, a squadron of aeroplanes was bombing, and the pattern was a good, tight pattern, your results were bound to be good.

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