tommy303 wrote:I would presume, and of course this might be just my opinion, but fiction writers are often easily confused....... for actual dive bombing.
Rick Rather wrote:This raises a question I've had for some time about my avatar (at right).
I cropped that picture from a frame of John Ford's "Midway" at about the 6:48 mark of this version.
I assume that the aircraft is a Kate, since I do not see the Val's fixed landing gear*. However, it is clearly making some type of diving attack. In addition to its role as a torpedo bomber, the Kate was also referred to as a "level bomber". Of course at Pearl Harbor they had to make literal "level" attacks to properrly drop their converted 14" AP shells. This film suggests that when Kates dropped more conventional bombs, it did so in what the US called a "glide bombing" attack, rather than a truly level one.
Does anyone have more information on the Kates' prefered bombing tactic?
*Of course, there is always the possibility that I have misidentified the aircraft if the film resolution was not good enough to show fixed-gear.
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