Airpower: Myths and Facts by Phillip S. Meilinger

By Phillip S. Meilinger

Ever because the US military obtained its first "aeroplane" in 1909, debates have raged over the application, effectiveness, potency, legality, or even the morality of airpower and strategic bombing. regrettably, a lot of this controversy has been coloured by means of accusations, misconceptions, inaccuracies, myths, and straightforward untruths. If airpower wishes criticizing --- and definitely there are occasions whilst feedback is suitable --- it has to be in response to exact info. In Airpower: Myths and proof, Col Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF, retired, increases issues and counterpoints that try and transparent away a few of the detritus that obscures the topic, hence permitting extra expert debate at the genuine concerns relating airpower and strategic bombing and giving our political and army leaders a greater foundation on which to shape judgements in destiny conflicts.

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Notes 1. Robert T. Finney, History of the Air Corps Tactical School, 1920–1940, USAF Historical Studies 23 no. : Center for Air Force History, 1992), 35. 2. “Comparison of Courses,” Air Corps Tactical School, 1 July 1934. The “Air Force Section” also had lessons on bombardment; even if those are included, bombardment still equates to around only 10 percent of the ACTS curriculum. 2208B. 3. Field Manual (FM) 1-5, Employment of Aviation of the Army, 15 April 1940, 13; and FM 15, Employment of Aviation of the Army, 18 January 1943, 14.

131. 3. Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs, trans. Richard and Clara Winston (New York: Macmillan, 1970), 346. Ultra intercepts revealed that the day after the attack—13 May—AAA batteries were urgently redeployed to protect the oil refineries; the day after that, motor transport units, including combat units, received orders to switch from gasoline to wood gas in an effort to conserve precious fuel. S. Strategic Air Force Europe vs. ), 178–80. 4. Speer, 424. 5. : Government Printing Office, 30 September 1945), 18; and Overy, 129.

8. : Government Printing Office, 1923–1941). 9. Richard G. Davis, Carl A. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), appendix 1. 10. : Government Printing Office, 1939), 2; and Davis, 11. 11. DeWitt S. Copp, “Frank M. Andrews: Marshall’s Airman,” in Makers of the United States Air Force, ed. John L. : Office of Air Force History, 1987), 43–71. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the Air Corps still had fewer than 200 B-17s in the entire inventory. 15 THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK Myth 2 Entering World War II, the Air Corps’s unbalanced doctrine and force structure leaned too heavily towards strategic bombing.

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