Dummy Locomotive Fools Enemy Aviators (Dec, 1938)

Dummy Locomotive Fools Enemy Aviators

Thousands of dollars have been wasted by Japanese pilots attempting to bomb Chinese locomotives and airplanes on the ground. Many of the bombs destroyed nothing more valuable than wood and reed decoys fashioned like railroad engines and planes. One dummy locomotive, which closely resembled a real engine, was found recently at Kiukiang, ready to fool the enemy pilots.

  1. Julie says: August 29, 20073:43 pm

    Taggart: I got it! I got it!

    Hedley: You do?

    Taggart: We’ll work up a “Number 6” on ’em.

    Hedley: “Number 6”? I’m afraid I’m not familiar with that one…

    Taggart: Well, that’s where we go a-ridin’ into town, a whompin’ and whoopin’ every livin’ train that moves within an inch of its life

  2. Jim says: May 25, 20088:52 pm

    I read an account one time of the Luftwaffe going to great pains to build a dummy wooden airfield, complete with a runway, hangars, air defenses, vehicles, etc. Thing of it was that Allied intelligence had been wise to them the whole time, and did precisely nothing to stop them. Once the Germans were finished their new airfield, the RAF sent (in a typical display of English humour) a Mosquito over, which circled a time or two and then attacked, with a wooden bomb. So, I guess you can fool all the people some of the time, and all of the people some of the time.

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