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    I recall reading in a history of the RAF Bomber Command that Harris was the only high-ranking military commander who was denied a post-war peerage as an honor for having commanded in war.  The futility of how Bomber Command had been led apparently had seeped into the British leadership's understanding even by shortly after the fighting stopped.  One can understand just how the loss in available personnel was affecting even Bomber Command as the commanders kept trying to reduce the number of airmen aboard each aircraft by eliminating one position after another as the war progressed.  I suspect that if Harris could have figured out to reduce the necessary crew size for a Lancaster/Halifax down to two (pilot and bombardier/navigator/flight engineer) he would have done it.

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    by PrahaPartizan on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:51:00 PM PST

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    •  If he had wanted to do that (1+ / 0-)
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      he would have advocated for a vast fleet of Mosquito bombers. There was nothing that a Lanc could do that 3 Mosquitoes couldn't do, faster, safer, and with one less crewman overall.

      But no, Harris was wedded to the four-engine heavies. Bigger was better. I strongly suspect the man has penis issues.

      -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

      by Wreck Smurfy on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:53:51 PM PST

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