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"Bat Bombs Were In Competition With the Atom Bomb" Topic

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Tango0122 Dec 2018 10:40 p.m. PST

"After hearing about the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Pennsylvania dentist and inventor Lytle S. Adams hatched a scheme to use bat bombs to attack Japanese cities.

The plan was relatively straightforward, strap small incendiary bombs with timers to bats, and release them above Japanese cities. The bats would roost inside buildings and homes, allowing the small bombs to do maximum damage.

Adams happened to know Eleanor Roosevelt, and so his crackpot scheme was not dismissed out of hand. The President's advisors actually took up the plan with enthusiasm, and wrote to generals reassuringly, "This man is not a nut!"…."
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Legion 423 Dec 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

Yeah, I've heard about this "bomb" … Sounded like a good idea … But …

Of course PETA was not around during WWII.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

Holy patriotic bats Batman!

Tango0123 Dec 2018 3:15 p.m. PST



Mark 127 Dec 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

Holy PETA-fits, batman, we also trained pigeon-pilots for batbombs.

During World War II, Project Pigeon (later Project Orcon, for "organic control") was American behaviorist B.F. Skinner's attempt to develop a pigeon-controlled guided bomb.

The testbed was the same National Bureau of Standards-developed, unpowered airframe that was later used for the US Navy's radar-guided "Bat" glide bomb, which was basically a small glider, with wings and tail surfaces, an explosive warhead section in the center, and a "guidance section" in the nose cone. The intent was to train pigeons to act as "pilots" for the device, using their cognitive abilities to recognize the target.


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Tango0128 Dec 2018 1:05 p.m. PST



Legion 429 Dec 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

PETA would of had a bird if they were around back then ! huh?

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