The RAF suffered a higher loss ratio from night missions than day missions, approximately double the rate actually. In fact, despite Bomber Command flying 70,000 FEWER sories than the USAAF's heavies, they lost 2000 more bombers than the USAAF. This rather disproves your initial off-handed remark that the RAF bombed at night because they were too scared to fly during the day.<quoted text>
Actually, you are clearly the clueless one, Bomber Command didn't want the US to daylight bomb because they tried it and the price was to high for the RAF. The RAF only staged daylight raids in 1939/40 and discontinued.(Except for the odd specialty raid)
"Bomber" Harris stated that the US was crazy for insisting on daytime raids....
Know your own history before trying pick apart mine.
Also keep in mind that until 1942, Bomber Command was equipped primarily with Whitleys, Wellingtons and Hampden/Herefords. They had a small bomb capacity and few guns for defense. Not exactly the type of kites to use in strategic bombing and certainly next to no chance of survival against a Bf-109. They only had a handful of Halifaxes and even fewer Lancs.
The USAAF thought they could bomb accurately in daylight because of the Norden bombsight, and in the near perfect conditions of the American southwest, I have no doubt they could bomb with a decent measure of precision. However the skies above Europe were often cloudy making accuracy difficult. In fact in 1944 the USAAF was only dropping 7% of its bomb loads within 1000ft of their targets.
Also don't forget that the USAAF gave up long range bombing missions in 1943 after two disastrous raids over Schweinfurt. They didn't go back over Germany until 1944 when the P-51 became available for escort.
US insistence they could operate during the day was part Norden bombsight and part hubris, thinking their "Flying Fortresses" could fend off German fighters by flying in a combat box.
Their unwillingness to give up day missions is probably more a case of Americans never wanting to admit they were wrong about anything, ESPECIALLY when it came to the Brits.
Once the RAF got their Lancs and Halifaxes in useful numbers, they could have easily gone back to day missions. However, since the US decided to maintain their day bombing role, it seemed like a good idea at the time to go with round the clock bombing. The USAAF would go in during the day and pound their target and the RAF would show up at night to make sure life was truly miserable for the Germans.
At the end of it all though, Bomber Command and the USAAF heavies lost about the same number of crews.
I guess I took offense when you suggested Bomber Command was too scared to fly day missions. After all, they not only had to deal with fighters and flak like they did in the day time, they also had to deal with searchlights that would blind the crews if/when they caught a bomber, and they also had to deal with a much, MUCH greater chance of mid-air collision flying in formation, at night, with no navigation lights. On top of THAT, they had no landmarks to navigate by so it was a combination of dead reckoning and star fixes that would get them to their target and home. Yeah, I know they had Gee and Oboe and H2X but they were also unreliable. If that's your idea of what scared people do, then the USAAF must have been some majorly serious pussies. Obviously they weren't but I hope you understand what I meant.