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Radar's Great Value To The Human Race

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 11 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 14. Radar possessed far more immepotentialities for the service race even than the ? o • atom, declared Sir Stafford Cripps, President of the ?r?ni ? • ? rade ' at a Press conference which was attended by famous scientists, radar experts and high service officers. . Stafford said the whole civilised world 'owed a great debt to the radar scientists, such as could never be repaid. "If they had not worked on the invention lone before the outbreak of hostilities" ' , , Jt , ls ve ry doubtful if f? tain could have held out against the German onslaught during the critical years when she stood alone." ToHdn i, Marsllal Sir Arthur ledder, who was deputy-Supreme Commander for the invasion of r f; echoed Sir Stafford's tribute to the scientists. He said he had never known anything so dramatic and fascinating as when during the siege of Malta, he sat in IG e operations room deep down; in the bowels of the island and, bv radar, was able to see German aircraft take off from their aerodromes, watch their course and see the British fighters smash them .It was radar which enabled us to strangle Rommel's seaborne supplies and brought about the glorious episode when we sank vital fuel ships just as they, were about to enter Tobruk Harbour." General Sir Frederick Pile Chief of Britain's Anti-Air-ci aft Command, told ■ hoAv earlv in the war the odds were 50 to one against the anti-aircraft gunners inrV n i g nn an t enemy plane in daylight 10 ° to one against at night. With the development ■of radar" it was ten to one that anti-aircraft gunners would secure a hit, either day or night. Sir Robert Watt revealed that thT'fi^ct 11 v9 tol V t th< ? enem , y launched the fii st 2 attacks radar experts were able to track the rocket from the moment it was fired until it reached its destination. They were warning 0 va 'tiable seconds of

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Radar's Great Value To The Human Race, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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Radar's Great Value To The Human Race Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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