INGELBIEN RAPHAEL wrote:
> - As far as I know, German bombers didn't dive, and their speed was nothing
> like that of a jet.
"Dive bombers" were used by the Germans in front-line support of troops:
they became famous during the spring of 1940 when the Germans overran
Netherlands, Belgium, France. Bombers based on aircraft carriers were
also dive bombers. But they certainly would not have been used in the
air war over England. Their main effectiveness in combat was in scaring
the beejesus out of untrained soldiers who had never experienced combat
or even real basic training (as against the armies of the Republic in
Spain early in the Civil War). They made a hell of a screaming racket as
they came down -- to drop one or two measly bombs.
Over London they would have been two-motor planes flying sedately in a
straight line over the target. Of course if one was hit by anti-aircraft
fire and came flaming down, that would be different. Eliot could be
combining the image of a pigeon bursting into flame with a plane
crashing in flames.