A Quantitative Analysis of Handgun Use during the Evasion and Survival Attempts of Army Air Force Aircrew Members during World War II
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study establishes desirable characteristics of handguns for use during evasion and survival attempts of aircrew members downed in hostile territory. Based on a quantitative analysis of data from World War II evasion reports of U.S. Army Air Force personnel, the investigation revealed that the primary value of a handgun is affording a psychological sense of security. The weapon can also be used for self-defense, killing small game for food, signaling, and coercion. Recommendations are that effective handguns and ammunition should be light enough for the aircrew members to carry for long periods of time be securely attached to the evadee so that they will not be lost during bailout or some other activity where recovery would not be possible be capable of rapid employment be very accurate be capable of disabling an opponent with the first shot be silent so when employed they will not attract the attention of enemy forces or hostile civilians be capable of killing small game without destroying the meat. Further, training should also include firing at small moving targets to increase the aircrew members accuracy.
- Escape, Rescue and Survival