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65 Encouraged by such prospects, General Arnold suggested going one step further in using Aphrodite as an irritant and morale-breaking weapon. ”66 The rapid transformation of Aphrodite from precision guided bomb to terror weapon, not unlike the Vergeltungswaffen rockets it was originally intended to destroy, brought this early attempt at precision guidance to an unfruitful end. However, this abortive effort to develop precision weapons in World War II was actually part of a much larger endeavor, which commenced well before and continued long after 1944.
For example, the Chief of War Plans and Training noted that “Gen. ”46 The reference here is to Brigadier General Henry “Hap” Arnold, then Assistant Chief of the Air Corps. Ultimately, Foulois’s successor, Major General Oscar Westover, approved “Study No. 47 This rekindled interest in aerial torpedoes, beginning in 1935, may not have re- The Roots of Precision Guidance / 25 sulted in an immediate ®urry of activity and spending, but it did lead to revival of the earlier work. ” Eight months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Orville Wright received a brief note from longtime friend Charles Kettering, by now head of General Motors’ research laboratories, that read, “Dear Orv: .
On this particular day, encouraged by a successive string of six single-sortie successes, it was decided to attempt a highly important mission using three of the new bombs in concert. The participation of the group commander himself, Colonel Payne Jennings, as one of the pilots, was a fair indicator of the mission’s magnitude. Unfortunately, once airborne, things began to unravel quickly. Of the trio, only one B-29 actually got through to the Yalu River—once there, it not only lost control of its guided bomb, missing the target, but also sustained such extensive damage from defenders that it was forced to divert to the nearest American base following the attack.