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ON12344

Original U.S. WWII Norden Bomb Sight USAAF Tangent Scales for Automatic Bombing Computer

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Original Item: Only One Kit Available. This is a genuine WWII issue set of USAAF Tangent Scales for Automatic Bombing Computer, in excellent nearly unissued condition in the original case. As far as we can tell, the set appears to be complete, and was never marked with a Type or Serial number for the Bombing computer it was to be matched to, further suggesting that it is unissued.

The metal data plate on front reads:

U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES
TANGENT SCALES FOR AUTOMATIC
BOMBING COMPUTER
(33-038) 45 - 1684 - AF
CROWE NAME PLATE & MFG. CO.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

These scales for tangent were used with the Norden Bomb Sight for tangent of the dropping angle, altitude and sighting angle. Genuine WWII appear to be unissued. The carrying case is in great shape, with light storage wear, and a good carry strap. The perfect accessory for any Norden Bomb Sight!

The Norden Bomb sight was used on the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, named for Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets, who selected the aircraft while it was still on the assembly line. On 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II, it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named "Little Boy", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima, Japan, and caused unprecedented destruction. Enola Gay participated in the second atomic attack as the weather reconnaissance aircraft for the primary target of Kokura. Clouds and drifting smoke resulted in a secondary target, Nagasaki, being bombed instead.

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