What were World War 2 bombers used for?
World War II Bombers were used for many different tasks. Their
main task was to interupt, destroy or make the enemy's ability to
conduct war impossible. But they had other roles, dropping
supplies, reconnaissance, rescue, and many other roles. The main
heavy bombers for the US were..
B-17-Flying Fortress B-24 B-25--Medium Bomber B-26 Maurder B-29
Super Fortress..These are the planes that dropped the Atomic Bombs
Even if it sounds stupid... they were used for bombing. That means,
only bombing and transports. Even the B-17 wasn't strong enough to
defend itself against air agressors without cover. So... if you
have a look a modern military jets... bombing, intercepting,... all
that together... impossible for any ww2 bomber. The dog-fight or
intercepting role was taken by smaller fighters... but there were
smaller bombers, too. Think of the German Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka),
bombing small targets with high precision.
most bombers were solw and not very well armoured so normally
were escorted by long ranger fighters there were also medium
bombers like the B-25 Mitchel bomber and there were fighter/bombers
and dive bombers like the junkers and the mosquito which were
fighter sized planes that could drop small bombs on a target then
dogfight with enemy planes but they were mainly designed as bombers
so they werent very good at dogfighting.