Accession Number : ADA181998

Title :   The Ijmuiden Power Plant Raids of WWII (World War II) Airpower Misapplied.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Openshaw,James N

PDF Url : ADA181998

Report Date : Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : On May 17, 1943, 11 B-26 Marauders of the 322nd Bombardment Group (BG) took off for a low altitude bombing mission against the Ijmuiden and Haarlem Power Stations in Holland. With the exception of one aborting aircraft, all were shot down in German occupied territory. This study examines the men and machine of the 322nd BG and the events which led to this disastrous mission. Also, an analysis of the US strategy, B-26 tactics, and WWII principles of war were done in order to understand why the raid was a failure.

Descriptors :   *LOW ALTITUDE BOMBING, *ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS, *RAIDS, AIRCRAFT, NETHERLANDS, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE