P-47 Thunderbolt Aces of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces by Jerry Scutts

By Jerry Scutts

This e-book charts the tale of the lesser recognized aces who flew the potent Republic airplane as a tactical fighter-bomber with the 9th Air strength, instead of as a long-range escort. It additionally info the exploits of the Mediterranean-based 325th FG, which was once the single P-47 workforce in the strategic 15th Air strength. Thunderbolt aces in the 9th Air strength, really, have been infrequent, regardless of a few 15 teams flying the fighter. helping troops at the flooring instead of seeking out aerial foes, was once the secret for the boys of the 9th. although, with the Luftwaffe usually opposing such sorties via to April 1945, greater than 20 pilots had the chance to attain 5 or extra kills and 'make ace'.

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Local patriots would be secretly armed and equipped to revolt. The emphasis in offensive action would be on mobile, hardhitting armored forces operating on the periphery of German-controlled territory and eventually striking into Germany itself, rather than on large-scale ground action to meet the full power of the German military machine. No vast armies of infantry such as those used in World War I would be needed. At the ARCADIA Conference Churchill further elaborated on these ideas for the President.

From the beginning, the British envisaged a cross-Channel operation in force only as the last blow against a Germany already in process of collapse. These two ideas of the British—emphasis on the Mediterranean and the cross-Channel operation as a coup de grâce—lingered until the time of the invasion of Normandy. The British concept was a compound of military and political factors, of caution resulting from experiences of the last war and Dunkerque, and of the Prime Minister's predilections. It was tailored to suit scattered interests, a small-scale economy, and limited manpower for ground armies.

The British approved "in principle," and BOLERO received top priority. The relief felt by General Marshall and 13 Secretary Stimson had been Secretary of War in 1911-13; Governor-General of the Philippines in 1927-29; and Secretary of State in 1929-33. In July 1940 he again became Secretary of War. 14 Notations by Eisenhower, 22 Jan 42 entry, Item 3, OPD Hist Unit File. General Eisenhower had served as assistant to the military adviser of the Philippine Islands from 1935 to 1940. In June 1941 he became chief of staff of the Third Army.

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