Paul asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Why didn t the British just shoot the planes down during the blitz before they got to London?

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  • Joseph
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    They tried too.

  • 1 month ago

    We Did but many got through during the blitz may to october 1940 the RAF had all the aircraft we needed we were short of pilots

    But Canada eventually solved that Problem by training 300,000 aircrew I used to watch the Dog Fights over london and we could see Bombers dropping Bombs on the Port of london.

    Remember the Luftwaffe had more aircraft and most of their pilots had experiences from attacking other countries like Czechoslovakia Poland and helping with the Spanish Civil war some RAF pilots had 8 Hrs training in a spitfire. By October 1940 Fewer aircraft got through to bomb London

    and Remember Radar was New and Not the Most efficient and not fitted to aircraft until after the Blitz

    Both sides lost heavily during the Battle of Britain. More than 1700 Luftwaffe (German air force) planes were destroyed. The 2662 German casualties included many experienced aircrew, and the Luftwaffe never fully recovered from the reverse it suffered in August-October 1940. The Royal Air Force (RAF) lost 1250 aircraft, including 1017 fighters. In all, 520 men were killed serving with Fighter Command. But with more than 700 fatalities during the period of the battle, Bomber Command suffered even more heavily. Another 200 men were killed flying with Coastal Command.

    • armouror
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      Dj2541 where did i say 300,000 Canadians i said they trained 300,000 aircrew but was only

      131,533 my mistake

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They did. Over 2000 experienced pilots were shot down in over 2000 planes.

    edit: yes you are right, bru: I meant 2,000 and not 20,000 ;)

    • bru1 month agoReport

      I do believe you have any extra "0" in your total number of pilots you've listed there.

      I can guarantee you the Germans weren't putting more than 10 experienced pilots in each one of those relatively small airplanes.

  • 1 month ago

    Easier said than done.

    The germans had more planes.

    Ground based AA has very limited effect.

    Radar was unreliable in the era.

    • armouror
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      By october 1940 the Nazis had Far less Planes and a Lot less Bombers

      More than 1700 Luftwaffe (German air force) planes were destroyed. The 2662 German casualties included many experienced aircrew, and the Luftwaffe never fully recovered from the reverse it suffered in August-October 1940. 

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  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They did shoot them down before they got to London. Like 2,000 of 2,600 of them were destroyed over 4 months. But it's pretty hard to shoot them all down.

  • bubba
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Coz it was a Blitz , if they could have stopped them all then it wasnt a Blitz

  • They did shoot some down

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There were problems with detection and interception of German planes. London is a relatively short distance from nazi-occupied France leaving the British authorities with not a lot of time between the departure of Nazi war planes and their arrival above British population centers. At the time, radar was still in its infancy and was an imperfect way of detecting incoming planes. The British actually used manned observation centers along the coast to try and detect the German aircraft before they came. However, such a system was not foolproof. Neither are attacks from aircraft. We can see that in the Allied attacks on Europe which succeeded despite robust Nazi air defenses. Even if The Defenders managed to shoot down some attacking aircraft others would get through

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Today they could have done .. but were talking about the 1930's/40's !

    There were anti-aircraft guns at the coast, trying to stop as many planes as possible from reaching London.

    • Killmouseky
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Not even today would 100% of attackers be shot down. But bombers aren't used anymore. Missiles are. Only ONE needs to get near the target to obliterate it.

  • 1 month ago

    They did but as they Bombers had a large number of fighter escorts not as easy as some may

    think

    • Maximus
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Which was actually a strategic blunder on Goering's part, it frustrated the hell out of the German fighter pilots who had to fly slower and made them a far easier target for the RAF! The chain home radar system meant they could take the attack formations by surprise!

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