12 November 2012

US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer with SWOD Mark 9 Mod 1 "Bat" guided glide bombs


Image size: 1600 x 1082 pixel. 159 KB
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 1945
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Photographer: Unknown

US Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer with SWOD Mark 9 Mod 1 "Bat" guided glide bombs. Like its namesake, the "Bat" sent out radar signals and guided itself to the target. It was combat ready in May 1945, and saw limited use against Japanese ships. Close to land the "Bat" could be easily confused by radar reflections off of mountains or buildings.

Source:
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
http://www.worldwar2database.com/gallery3/index.php/wwii0001

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