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    A minor question of detail. A crew in training would only have dropped 20lb practise bombs on their various range details. Their first op as a crew might see them dropping (typically) a 4,000lb cookie and a shed-load of incendiaries. For the Mark XIV bombsight, would the Air Bomber make adjustments for the load on the bombsight computer or on the sighting head? What were the controls used?

    Hope that makes sense,

    Richard

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    This extract may? be of interest.

    MAJOR BOMBSIGHTS
    USED IN WW2 BOMBER COMMAND
    Copyright Henry Black, 2001
    Bomber Harris and his aircrews were not slow in voicing their strong dislike of both the Mk lX and the ABS. and called for their early replacement. Their strong views were registered with the Tizard Committee and a founder member of that committee Prof. Blackett volunteered to design a new sight to meet the needs of Bomber Command. He was given facilities at Farnborough and the services of a small team of engineers. The bombsight that resulted was the Mk XlV regarded then as the wonder sight of the day. It was designed to enable the run up to the target flying straight and level to be restricted to a mere ten seconds and enable the pilot to carry out evasive manoeuvres on his approach to the target. It could be used to bomb both on the climb and the glide. The bombsight consisted of a computer cabinet mounted to the left of the Air Bomber and a stabilised sighting head with optical graticule. The sight was one of the first practical uses for a mechanical computer and Babbage would have been proud of it.
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    Thanks Paul, appreciated. Every little helps!

    Cheers,

    Richard

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