Gooderson addresses the fundamental questions of whether the employment of air resources in the close support role provided sufficient advantage at the battlefront to justify the expenditure of effort and the risk to aircraft and pilots, and whether air support proved to be of more value - and more cost effective - when directed upon interdiction targets behind the lines, such as German communications, transport and supplies.
The principal sources consulted were contemporary Army and Air Force formation and unit records and reports, and contemporary Allied Operational Research material. The book examines the nature of Operational Research in the period, the joint Air Force/Army systems established by both the British and Americans for providing and controlling air support, the characteristics of fighter-bomber aircraft and the organisation and tactics of fighter-bomber units. This precedes an analysis of close air support for mobile and airborne operations, the employment of fighter-bombers against German armoured forces, the use of heavy and medium bombers in the close support role, the comparative effectiveness of fighter-bombers and ground artillery and the effectiveness of fighter-bombers in the interdiction role.
|Operational research; flawed instruments - the Allied air support systems, 1943-45; the fighter-bomber weapon, 1943-45; the flying spearhead - close support for Allied mobile and airborne operations|
|Allied fighter-bombers versus German armoured forces - myths and realities; heavy and medium bombers in the close support role; fighter-bombers and artillery - a comparison of effectivenesss; the cost effectiveness of close air support - a comparison with armed reconnaissance|
|Appendixes: dive bombing attack where flak is light; five bombing attack where flak is intense|
|Allied fighter-bomber versus German armoured forces; heavy and medium bombers in the close support role; the cost effectiveness of close air support|
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Series: Cass Series--Studies in Air Power, 6
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 28th February 1998
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1