Britain’s Air Defences 1939–45 by Alfred Price, Darko Pavlovic

By Alfred Price, Darko Pavlovic

В ходе второй мировой Великобритании пришлось столкнуться с совершенно новой опасностью - воздушными налётами. Так зародились английские ПВО

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Great things \Vere expected of the jet fighters, but during their first week of operations they had no success against the nying bombs. 1 s on several occasions, during each attempted to engage something always went wrong. A common cause of failure was the fighter's armament of four Hispano 20 cannon. During firing the used ammunition links did not fall away cleanly, The American manufactured SCR-584 microwave gun-control 52 radar, designated the Radar, AA, No 3 Mark 5 in British Army service. 1 mlsslles.

A 150cm light fitted with Elsie radar sen·ed as ' master' for a section of three lights. It illuminated the enemy aircraft first, then the other two lights would 'cone' the machine. 7in. 5in. heavy AA guns remained effective weapons throughout the war. Production of these complex weapons was slow, however, and during the earlier years lhere ·were insufficient to defend of the huge number of potential targets. To supplement them, the 3in . rocket pn~jectile entered service in 1941. ach rocket was 6ft 4in.

These weapons were usually fired over open sights, so they were at their most effective against aircraft flying directly towards or directly away from them. Only rarely were there sufficient defensive weapons to provide protection against low altitude attacks from every possible direction. In this case there were six Bofors guns and three barrage balloons, to protect the target factory (1). The crew of the 40mm Bofor gun (inset) comprised six men: No 1, NCO gun commander, No 2 Layer for bearing, No 3 layer for elevation, No 4 breach loader.

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