A War of Their Own: Bombers Over the Southwest Pacific by Matthew K. Rodman

A War of Their Own: Bombers Over the Southwest Pacific by Matthew K. Rodman

By Matthew K. Rodman

This paintings makes an attempt to give a correct account of the character of the air warfare within the Southwest Pacific in the course of international struggle II, focusing normally upon the 5th Air strength. The learn doesn't presume to be an all-encompassing operational precis; as an alternative, it goals to supply a consultant photograph of yankee bombardment in that sector. This used to be a second in background while wrestle air energy performed a key function achieve victory. the writer recounts how the 5th Air strength fast constructed new strategies and systems that "saved the day." The perfection of low-altitude bombing, strafing, and pass bombing made transformations that during hindsight are effortless to acknowledge and quantify. with no them the 5th could have came upon itself in an extended, dearer struggle with an doubtful consequence. in spite of the fact that, those new strategies damage the enemy to the level that the Allies finally prevailed. the genuine price of this research lies no longer loads in its retelling of vital advancements in air strength as in its pushing the necessity for the army to be versatile, adaptive, opportunistic, and entrepreneurial whereas safeguarding middle values and capitalizing on center abilities. Many elements make sure good fortune -- coaching, assets, wisdom, and backbone to call a couple of. yet none of those have approximately the significance of the artistic skill to evolve successfully to confront the risk and carry victory.

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40 But what took only a matter of weeks—writing strategic doctrine firmly into America’s war plans—could 16 PREWAR DOCTRINE AND TACTICS not totally undo years of interservice battles over equipment and tactics. The resulting posture was a strange mixture not fully vested in either the Army or Air Corps ideal. The Allied policy of “Germany first” justified the big-bomber perspective and allowed the AAF to funnel the vast majority of its resources into this effort—the one for which the Air Corps had envisioned a fleet of bombers in the first place.

Thomas H. Greer, The Development of Air Doctrine in the Army Air Arm, 1917–1941 (Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1985), 67. 15. , 55. 16. 24 B63. 17. , 81. 18. Ibid. 19. , 58–59. 20. , 11–12. 21. , 5. 22. , 6. 23. Finney, History of the Air Corps Tactical School, 63. 24. Air Corps Tactical School, Attack Aviation, 63. 25. Finney, History of the Air Corps Tactical School, 57. Kenneth Walker and Robert Olds, both of whom served as aides to Mitchell, became perhaps the key figures in bombardment instruction at ACTS.

William Mitchell, Winged Defense: The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power—Economic and Military (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1925), 16. 35. Air Corps Field Manual (ACFM) 1-10, Tactics and Techniques of Air Attack, 1940, 6. 36. , 108. 37. , 102. 38. United States War Department, Training Circular no. 52, “Employment of Aviation in Close Support of Ground Troops” (Washington, DC: War Department, 1941), Air Force History Support Office, Bolling AFB, Washington, DC. 39. , 12. 40. Col Phillip S.

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