D-Day Documentary: air attack failed due to weather, why wasn't there a Plan "B"?
June 6 2012 at 9:29 PM
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Just watched Military Channel documentary on Omaha slaughter, which was epically tragic. The allied air attack designed to destroy German defenses on the beach failed due to weather, the historians say.
I didn't go to West Point, but my question is: why wasn't there a Plan B at Omaha? A few squadrons of P-47's and Tempests covering the Omaha invasion, flying under the mist and fog, would have saved hundreds of lives. Heck, even a few Hellcats from the FAA would have made an huge difference. They may not have destroyed German emplacements but would have at least given the first wave a chance to get out of tht boats.
This invasion was war-gamed both in the States and in England, under English weather conditions. Amazing how the planners anticipated the need to take out German defenses, but devised a woefully inadequate plan to protect the beach head.