The Importance of Staying in Bomber Formation

The illustration below shows the importance of why a Squadron of WWII bombers should keep up with the lead formation.

The lagging behind formation had deadly consequences as illustrated in the diagram below of an actual mission and crew outcomes in August of 1944.

The result was 9 planes from the US Bomber group being shot down by German fighters and most in the lagging squadron had many KIA’s and POWs as a result.

Bomber Formation - 1944