OK, so the visibility is unlimited, I am in the belly turret of a WWII bomber of some sort. The target is a huge X marked on the desert floor below. Got it?
We make a target run. I use my trusty bomb sight and release the sucker. It has a flare in the tail to allow me to track it. I release when the target is well ahead of me. The bomb is moving at the aircraft’s speed (and so is right below me) and is falling. If I keep my eye on the target, I presume the bomb will occult the target at the moment of impact, right?
OK, now let’s make another run. This time with a radio-controlled bomb. (By the way, bombs usually miss long or short, not left or right.) First, do I keep my eye on the target, or on the bomb?
I suspect the target would be my best bet. As the target gets closer, I adjust my turret until I am facing almost straight down. At that moment, the bomb ought to come between me and the target just at the moment of impact. Presume the bomb is slightly long (over the target), how would I be able to tell? If I had super depth perception I suppose I could tell, but at a distance of a mile or so, could anyone really notice?
First-generation guided bombs worked like this (manual control from the aircraft), I just do not see how you could do it.