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    Re: Celestial Navigation
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2013 Oct 20, 11:32 -0700
    In Europe there were various radio navigation systems implemented (Oboe and Gee come to mind) early in the war but in the Pacific these did not exist until the establishment of LORAN in the last half of 1944. Prior to that the only way to navigate was with celestial navigation.

    gl



    From: Jean-Philippe Planas <jeanphilippeplanas@yahoo.com>
    To: garylapook@pacbell.net
    Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:39 AM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Celestial Navigation


    Leading airplanes (pathfinders) mostly used "radio range" to navigate and once obove the target they had to visually identify it.



    On Saturday, October 19, 2013 2:06 AM, Gary LaPook <garylapook{at}pacbell.net> wrote:

    Yes they used celestial navigation and, by the end of 1944 many LORAN - A stations had been established and that became another method for when the sky was obscured. They also used celestial navigation during the Viet Nam war to cross the Pacific and on bombing missions from Guam.

    http://www.loran-history.info/Atafu/LoranChart-Atafu.jpg


    http://www.loran-history.info/Gardner_Island/gardner.htm

    http://www.loran-history.info/



    gl



    From: Michael Martin <fdny8251{at}aol.com>
    To: garylapook{at}pacbell.net
    Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 2:22 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Celestial Navigation


    During WW2 my Father was a Bombadier Navigator and later a Pilot on a B-24 in the South Pacific. He often flew as lead plane on night missions. My question is, what sort of Navigational equipment would he have used to find the target. And would he have used Celestial Navigation at night to locate the Drop Area.

    Thanks All and Clear Skies
    Michael G. Martin FDNY(Retired)
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