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"New Tactics--Japanese Zero Planes" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief comment about the tactics of Japanese Zeros when attacking medium bombers was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 8, Sept. 24, 1942.

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Japanese Zero planes, when encountering our medium bombers, have lately changed their tactics. From a position parallel to our flights but at lower altitude, the Japanese initiate action by climbing turns. They roll out of the attack by a dive to the side opposite to that from which the attack was begun. This is done again and again and is not unlike a lazy eight maneuver.


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