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Re: Carpet Bombing
There's a difference between "statement" missions -- i.e. like the "Big Blue
82" missions being run over Afghanistan right now -- and routine target
elimination missions like "carpet bombing" or ARCLIGHT missions in Viet Nam.
Most of those large group missions took nearly every fighter aircraft we had
for escort to ensure losses of bombers would be low.
Also the Suiho Dam mission was virtually unopposed: reason was (a) US was
just so darn good it scared Chinese and Soviet pilots to not take on the
armada being used or (b) 64th IAK and its Chinese compatriots were pinned to
the ground by remants of a typhoon, and the Americans took advantage of them;
As for damage, here is an "official" statement: "31 July 1953: DPRK states
that air power inflicted the following damage: over 8,700 industries
destroyed; over 600,000 homes destroyed; 6,000 schools and hospitals
destroyed; over 40% of all industrial and life support facilities destroyed."
(Soviet Military Encyclopedia, 1973)