Published May 17, 2018
Strategic bombing campaign in Europe during World War II.
At great sacrifice, the US Army Air Forces’ (USAAF) daylight strategic bombing campaign played a critical role in winning the war in Europe.
What is Strategic Bombing?
Strategic bombing is a strategy to destroy a country’s ability or will to fight by attacking its homeland from the air. Airpower advocates believed that strategic bombing could win wars—at the start of World War II, however, the theory was unproven.
In Europe, the USAAF conducted a daytime precision strategic bombing campaign targeting the enemy’s economic resources, while the British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out a nighttime area-bombing campaign.
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