> > Also, the is the verb "BREAKS the air". I can see a plane
> > doing that, but a bird?
> Some technical considerations here:
> - As far as I know, German bombers didn't dive, and their speed was nothing
> like that of a jet. They generally flew overhead at night, in relatively
> close formation, and dropped their bombs from a fairly respectable height.
> The bombs themselves did of course 'break the air'.
As far as I know, the Germans employed the sort of bombing techniques you describe over London. We could both be wrong, but that's my understanding. However, the Stuka dive bomber, so famous from newsreels of the blitzkrieg, certainly "breaks the air", and Eliot may have transposed that image. I believe the Stuka was widely used in bombings early in the war (although, again here, I could be wrong) and, if so, Eliot may have been more likely to have them in mind.
Perhaps I should head this as a discussion of the aerial poems. . .