Panacea targets.

Author:Higham, Robin
Position:LETTERS - Letter to the editor

In his article on Sir Arthur Harris and panacea targets in the Summer 2014 issue [Vol. 61, No. 2, pp. 36-41] A.D. Harvey omits a minor point. In late 1940 and early 1941, Middle East Command considered using the two squadrons of Wellington twin-engine heavies to attack Ploesti. But there were several problems:

  1. The Wellingtons could not climb above 11,000 feet and therefore could not safely pass over the mountains north of Greece.

  2. The alternative was to fly up the Dardanelles and violate Turkish neutrality--and risk being shot down.

  3. The two squadrons, with the RAF's then...

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