Optimum mix of fragmentation and incendiary bombs is determined during tests at Eglin Field, Florida, during World War II
Florida United States USA Date:1945 Duration:4 min 12 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Conclusions of tests conducted by U.S. Army Air Forces, at Eglin Field, Florida, seeking best way to attack Japanese homeland during World War 2. Actor Lee J. Cobb, portraying an Air Force Captain, smoking a pipe in his "office." Views of M-41 fragmentation bomb and a bundle of M-69 incendiary bombs. The Captain holds a model of a B-17 bomber and uses it to discuss bombing techniques. B-17 in flight. Views of effects of fragmentation bomb, showing numerous small holes produced by it. Aerial view of the test area houses. Mixture of M-69 incendiary bombs and M-41 frag bombs being dropped by the plane on the test area. Various views of resulting damage and effects. Test report is shown, concluding that demolition bombs are not effective against congested wooden structures; that M-41 frag bombs deter early firefighting efforts; and that a mix of 80 percent M-69 incendiaries and 20 percent M-41 frag bombs is optimum. Views of Japanese cities burning, from such bombing, during the war.
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