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Were bats really trained to drop bombs during World War II?

 

 

I heard about this several months ago from a friend and I wanted to find out if it was actually true.

Bat bombs, as they were called, were tiny incendiary bombs attached to bats, that were developed by the United States during World War II with the hope of attacking mainland Japan. Four biological factors gave promise to this plan. First, bats occur in large numbers (several caves in Texas are occupied by several million bats). Second, bats can carry more than their own weight in flight (females carry their young — sometimes twins). Third, bats hibernate, and while dormant they do not require food or maintenance of any kind. Fourth, bats fly in darkness, then find secrete places (Such as flammable buildings perhaps?) -to hide during daylight.

Don’t believe that? Well its true, you see the plan was to release “bomb bats” at night over Japanese industrial targets. The flying bats would disperse widely, then at dawn they would hide in buildings and shortly thereafter built-in timers would ignite the bombs, causing widespread fires and chaos.

The bat bomb idea was conceived by dental surgeon Lytle S. Adams, who submitted it to the White House in January, 1942, where it was subsequently approved by President Roosevelt. Adams was recruited to research and obtain a suitable supply of bats. After months of testing and training, the project was cancelled. The tipping point you ask? The bats caused a hangar to catch fire and even started a fire on a general’s car!

How’s that for an honorable discharge? Your Thoughts?

Read more about it here> http://web.archive.org/web/20080531082803/http://www.afa.org/magazine/1990/1090bat.html

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