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Old 02-17-2011, 07:03 PM
Chiz Chiz is offline
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Originally Posted by Novotny View Post
Interestingly, I think it was Stanford Tuck who adopted a policy of not bringing down the bombers, but instead making sure that they did get home, albeit with dead and dying crew members. He felt that this had a much greater effect on the morale of the Luftwaffe then planes simply not returning at all.
In one of the books I've got, the practice of sending home bombers riddled with bullets to dent morale is attributed to the South African ace A. G. "Sailor" Malan: "...with a dead rear gunner, a dead navigator, and the pilot coughing up his lungs as he lands...I think if you do that it has a better effect on their morale..." from Battle of Britain (Deighton and Hastings, 1980).
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