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38 Using radar, the British were able to refute earlier assumptions that bombers could attack without warning. By the summer of 1940, the Germans introduced a radio-aided navigational device, known as Knickebein, to improve night bombing accuracy. ”39 By the winter of 1943, electronic warfare played a critical role in RAF night bombing. In support of their night area bombing campaign, the British developed navigational aids (including Gee and Oboe), H2S airborne radar, and radar countermeasures (WINDOW, or chaff, and various electronic devices).
For further details, see R. J. , 1985), 43–61. 39. R. V. Jones, Most Secret War (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1978), 92–100; and Jackson, 20–25. 40. Webster and Frankland, vol. 2, E1, pt. 4, 190–211. 41. Col Hugh Winter, USAF, retired, interviewed by Frank Voltaggio and Alfred Price, 29 August 1980, 1, file 47, Col H. Winter, Association of Old Crows, Association of Old Crows Building, Alexandria, Va. (hereafter AOC Archive); and Alfred Price, The History of US Electronic Warfare, vol. , AOC Archive, 1984), 21–22.
Ironically, even as SAC struggled, the JCS produced war plans based upon the strategic bombing doctrine seemingly vindicated by World War II. 30 In other words, Pincher addressed the questions of how and when a war would begin, the initial course of operations, and the strategic framework for US operations. Like the World War II’s Rainbow plans, Pincher formed the basis for conceptual thinking about the next war. 31 Indeed, an analysis of Pincher revealed glaring limits in American intelligence capability.