By Ron MacKay, Don Greer

The 20 th Fighter workforce joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy diversity bomber escort position. the crowd later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the crowd destroyed a complete of 449 enemy airplane in the course of its wrestle travel. Over one hundred fifty images, eight pages of colour, eighty pages

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23 11 Air Power for Patton’s Army Patton’s displeasure with air support in North Africa emphatically underscored the differing air and ground perspectives of tactical air operations in 1942–1943. Patton’s complaints typified those of a field commander facing unopposed air attack without air support of his own. The solution for the ground commander most often fixed on securing direct control of the aircraft that could provide continuous air cover over his lines. (Unchallenged air attack against ground forces could hardly be explained away by airmen offering assurances that the supporting air force contributed best when attacking the enemy elsewhere.

Heavy bombers, he declared, should be employed against strategic targets in Germany. S. 20 These issues festered throughout the winter of 1943-1944 as Leigh-Mallory, General Eisenhower, and the strategic bomber leaders argued over the use and control 32 Preparing for Joint Operations of heavy bombers. Eventually, Eisenhower received the authority he needed to use the strategic bombers in support of Overlord objectives. But in tactical matters, the AEAF’s authority was more clearly drawn. S. ”21 As it turned out, the various tactical agencies cooperated reasonably and efficiently after the invasion.

The Doctrinal Setting Tunis. With the onset of winter, Eisenhower halted the offensive. Reviewing recent events, he criticized insufficient air support. With air forces larger than the enemy’s, the Allies proved unable even to wrest local air superiority from the Germans and Italians. 17 In early January 1943, General Eisenhower centralized control of his tactical air forces in northwest Africa by creating the Allied Air Force. Commanded by Lt. Gen. S. Twelfth Air Force and the British Eastern Air Command.

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