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Paul asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months 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
    7 months ago

    They tried too.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months 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 ;)

    • bru8 months 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.

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  • 8 months ago

    Easier said than done.

    The germans had more planes.

    Ground based AA has very limited effect.

    Radar was unreliable in the era.

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  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    8 months 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.

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  • bubba
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

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

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  • F
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    If only they had thought of that..............

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  • 8 months ago

    They did shoot some down

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  • Anonymous
    8 months 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

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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    8 months 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 7
      8 months 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.

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  • 8 months ago

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

    think

    • Lv 7
      8 months 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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