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Bombsights

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    One of the secret weapons of the Allies during World War II was the Norden bombsight, which supposedly made strategic bombing so accurate that a bomb could be dropped in a pickle barrel. Actually, it was not a very well-kept secret -- the Germans reconstructed them from crashed bombers and even had the plans, which they had obtained from a spy before the war. It was also well-known to the public, as evidenced by the references to it in The Weakly Reporter (Jones, 1944) as the item being obtained by feminine wiles in a UPA-like segment, and in The Wise Quacking Duck (Clampett, 1943) when Daffy bombs Mr. Meek with an egg.

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