Roger wrote:ladajo wrote:The Japanese had radar..
According to my Dad..... (he told some stories, some that were a little "tall" if you get my drift)... the Japanese tubes were hand made, well the metal inserts that formed the interior contours.... From the experience gained at Coral Sea and Midway the USN was well on its way to utilizing the info gained from radar, although at Guada Canal the carrier CAP in the first major carrier attack by the IJN, was run fron Enterprise, the person in charge of the group CAP set all 55 Wildcats at 6k ft. the Zeros Betties and Vals approached at 20k ft.
After the war my Dad taught USN electonics at IIRC Pennsicola.
Since the Wildcats had a horrible climb rate they completely lost the advantage of USN radar spotting the Japanese flight dozens of miles out, Big "E" took 3 bomb hits, probably because of lax CAP protocal. Fletcher had spread his CAP out between different altitudes and had relative good fortune at vectoring his CAP at Coral Sea and Midway to Japanese attacks.
This may or may not be a relection of Spruances staff issues repeating its Midway failures..
One thing I think the US did very well was to try different stuff, get new ideas and get those into production, like the High Freq Direction finder was vital in the convoy Escort carrier anti sub efforts in the Atlantic.
Germanys sub CO made many assumptions, one was to oder his subs to be careful using radar, he thought the USN would track the radar, but we were tracking RF, via Huff Duff. And Vectored bombers from Carriers at attack U boats with some effacacy by late '42. By the time the radar equipped Wildcats saw service of off Escort carriers in the Atlantic, Allied convoys were fairly safe.
Diogenes, my Dad had some tall sories, an interesting one is working with some engineers on a V-2 rocket. They were to measure the distance between molecules of atmosphere at hi alt. Problem was theory said the distance was more than the width of the V-2. Circa summer of '47.
They made a lot of stuff by hand. Quite the artisans. Unfortunately, later in the war a lot of the facilities they were using were either completely trashed or well on the way from bombing.
Both the Japanese and us had airborne radar. Although ours was better. The use of airborne radar and night patrols made it almost certain death for submarines that were used to being able to recharge batteries at night. All submarine users lost boats this way. The Germans certainly took the brunt of it, as we used the ASW Fusion centers to pull all the intel together and then vector the radar assets into the correct zones to do the final hunt and prosecution. One of the reasons the Germans did not pick up on this was that they did not consider the fusion aspect. They focused on individual lanes of information. One of our best kept secrets.