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Air Superiority in international struggle II and Korea: An Interview with Gen. James Ferguson, Gen. Robert M. Lee, Gen. William Momyer, and Lt. Gen. Elwood R. Quesada (USAF Warrior experiences)

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When we deployed forward and our air got split up-the British were up on one part of the front, and we were on the other part of the frontit was becoming obvious that somebody was going to have to make decisions to go out and destroy the German air force in North Africa. That decision wasn’t being made, because our air was so split up. For example, my fighter group, which was the first in North Africa, was committed almost exclusively to flying what I call umbrella patrols over the frontline. In the meantime I can recall right today a German airfield at Kairouan, a German airfield at Sousse, a German airfield at Sfax, and about four others.

Carl Spaatz in February 1946. Arnold died in January 1950. A recent popular biography is Thomas M. Coffey, HAP: The Story ufthe U S . Air Force and the Man Whuu Built I t , General Henry H . “Hap” Arnold (New York. 1982). Also recommended is John W. Huston, “The Wartime Leadership of ‘Hap’ Arnold,” Air Power and Warfare, Proceedings of the 8th Military History Symposium, United States Air Force Academy, October 18-20, 1978 (Washington, 1979). pp 168-185. 22 PRE-WORLD WAR I1 Aviation Cadet James Ferguson.

During World War 1, Arnold reached the rank of temporary colonel, serving in the Office of the Director of Military Aeronautics, War Department General Staff. In the interwar years Arnold, reduced in rank to major, remained in the Army Air Corps and worked to further military aviation. In 1925 he testified in support of Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell, then on trial at a courtmartial for insubordination for advocating an independent Air Force. C. Subsequently, he was placed in command of the 1st Wing, General Headquarters Air Force, March Field, California, and was instrumental in encouraging the development of both the B-17 and B-24 bombers before World War 11.

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