By Phillip S. Meilinger
Ever because the US military got 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 through accusations, misconceptions, inaccuracies, myths, and easy untruths. If airpower wishes criticizing --- and positively there are occasions whilst feedback is suitable --- it needs to be in accordance with actual info. In Airpower: Myths and evidence, Col Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF, retired, increases issues and counterpoints that try to transparent away many of the detritus that obscures the topic, hence permitting extra expert debate at the genuine matters referring to 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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However, ACTS’s saying that it took strategic bombardment seriously is a far cry from maintaining that bombardment dominated the curriculum. It did not. As for official Army doctrine—which the Air Corps had to follow—Field Manual (FM) 1-5, Employment of Aviation of the Army, dated 15 April 1940, stated that offensive air forces would receive their targets from the “field commander,” a soldier. 3 The Louisiana and Carolina Maneuvers of 1941 clearly demonstrated these priorities and command relationships when the Army field commander used the air assets at his disposal—600 aircraft— exclusively for support of the ground forces.
2. Nancy H. : Harvard University Press, 1956), 60, 63–64, 69, 92; and diary of Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, 3 June 1932, Stimson Papers, Yale University Library. The story is also told in James P. : Air University Press, 1998), 97–98. See also E. R. , Foreign Relations of the United States, 1932, vol. : Government Printing Office, 1948), 65. 6 percent of the Army budget, not 25–35 percent as MacArthur stated. 3. John F. S. : Office of Air Force History, 1983), 121; and Maurer, 297. 4. Allan R.
S. : Office of Air Force History, 1983), 121. 6. I. B. : Office of the Chief of Military History, 24 Department of the Army, 1964), 550. Henry L. ” Diary of Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, 27 September 1940, Stimson Papers, Yale University Library. 7. “A”=attack; “B”=bomber; and “P”=pursuit, which later became “F”=fighter. 8. Ninth Air Force and Twelfth Air Force were considered “tactical” air forces in that they consisted largely of fighters and medium bombers. In contrast, Eighth Air Force and Fifteenth Air Force were composed primarily of heavy bombers and their fighter escorts; hence, they were considered “strategic” air forces.
Airpower: Myths and Facts by Phillip S. Meilinger