The RAF introduced the Avro Lancaster in 1942 and used it to
spearhead this aerial offensive. In response, the Luftwaffe created
an elite nightfighter force based primarily upon the Bf 110. The
Luftwaffe was quick to equip it with airborne radar that allowed it
to intercept and destroy Lancasters over Germany. In turn, the RAF
adopted countermeasures such as the Monica rearward-looking radar
to alert Lancaster crews to the approach of nightfighters. In May
1943 the Luftwaffe suddenly developed a novel technical and
tactical approach to attacking RAF bombers. The new tactic proved
amazingly successful, and British bombers could be attacked from
below with no warning. For its part, the RAF failed to detect the
new German tactic for six crucial months, during which time its
Lancaster bombers were almost defenceless against this new threat.
In time, however, the German advantage of surprise was lost and the
RAF developed countermeasures to deal with the new threat. The duel
between upgraded Bf 110s and Lancasters in the night skies over
Germany became increasingly dominated by cutting-edge technology,
which would determine the efficacy of strategic bombing.
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• Gareth Hector
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