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Air Superiority in global 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 reviews)

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37 AIR SUPERIORITY The three-place 0-47 observation aircraft, which General Lee believes could not survive in the air against contemporary fighters. have in the business there watching and analyzing and digesting what’s going on, trying to translate that experience into the current way that we do things. 31Almost anywhere that you could turn, there were wars going on sometime. ” That is probably a lesson that we could well digest. This is different than having the intelligence people do it. I am not talking about the formalized intelligence observation.

In Europe we considered a target out to six hundred miles as strategic; fighters seldom ranged beyond three hundred for ground attack. Yet, when we looked at Spike’s more recent experience in Vietnam, we saw B-52s hitting close-in targets and fighters doing the deep penetrations. Momyer: I would like to ask General Quesada a $64 question. When Eisenhower had made his decision some months prior to the invasion, what kind of assessment was made that you could tell him, “We will have control of the air, and there is no question about our ability to control the air so that your invasion can take place”?

Forces at Oran, North Africa, during Operation Torch. The landing was successfully executed in November 1942, but Fredenhall drove his inexperienced forces eastward too rapidly and a diversionary offensive at Kasserine Pass led to an Allied disaster. Fredenhall was dismissed and replaced by Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. 24Generalof the Army Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981). After graduating from West Point in 1915, Bradley advanced through the ranks to major general in February 1942. When given the opportunity after the Kasserine Pass disaster, General Eisenhower selected Bradley as commander of the I1 Corps in late April 1943, succeeding General Patton who was picked to lead the invasion of Sicily.

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