"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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NEW TACTICS--JAPANESE ZERO PLANES
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.