By Matthew K. Rodman
This paintings makes an attempt to provide a correct account of the character of the air struggle within the Southwest Pacific in the course of international conflict II, focusing quite often upon the 5th Air strength. The learn doesn't presume to be an all-encompassing operational precis; in its place, it goals to supply a consultant photo of yank bombardment in that zone. This used to be a second in historical past whilst strive against air energy performed a key position achieve victory. the writer recounts how the 5th Air strength quick constructed new strategies and methods that "saved the day." The perfection of low-altitude bombing, strafing, and pass bombing made alterations that during hindsight are effortless to acknowledge and quantify. with out them the 5th might have came across itself in an extended, dearer struggle with an doubtful end result. even though, those new strategies damage the enemy to the level that the Allies finally prevailed. the genuine price of this examine lies now not loads in its retelling of vital advancements in air strength as in its pushing the necessity for the army to be versatile, adaptive, opportunistic, and entrepreneurial whereas safeguarding middle values and capitalizing on middle skills. Many parts be certain good fortune -- training, assets, wisdom, and backbone to call a couple of. yet none of those have approximately the significance of the inventive skill to evolve successfully to confront the danger and bring victory.
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This clash was exacerbated by the broader battle between theaters. Both services had no choice other than fighting for supplies in the Pacific because of the Allies’ avowed “Europe First” policy. For the AAF, Europe presented the ideal battlefield for strategic airpower. Advocates of heavy bombardment had progressively established and woven big-bomber doctrine into the Air Corps before the war and took what steps were available to shape it into a strategic air force. Army command of the Air Corps prevented the creation of the strategic force envisioned by most Air Corps thinkers, but it had not been able to prevent the doctrinal foundation in strategic airpower that most air leaders 22 DECEMBER 1941–NOVEMBER 1942 brought with them.
5. Gen George C. Kenney, interview by Col Marvin M. 0512-747. 6. Truthfully, Mitchell should have received more credit for promoting a balanced air approach among attack, bombardment, and pursuit. As his reputation grew, however, friends and foes tended to focus on his strategic ideas, helping to create the popular “monster” image of Mitchell. 7. Maj Gary C. Cox, Beyond the Battle Line: US Air Attack Theory and Doctrine, 1919 –1941 (Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 1996), 3. 8. Robert T. , Washington, DC: Center for Air Force History, 1992), 56.
They were “a group of loyal and deferential—critics said sycophantic—subordinates who served as his key staff officers and assistants throughout the war. . ”1 The AAF had not endeared itself either to the Army or MacArthur early on in the Southwest Pacific. It had suffered a sound defeat in the Philippines and proved almost totally ineffective against Japanese shipping targets in the first nine months of the war—a less than stellar performance. General Kenney’s assignment to the Southwest Pacific came in direct response to this situation.
A War of Their Own: Bombers Over the Southwest Pacific by Matthew K. Rodman