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Air Superiority in global battle II and Korea: An Interview with Gen. James Ferguson, Gen. Robert M. Lee, Gen. William Momyer, and Lt. Gen. Elwood R. Quesada (USAF Warrior stories)

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During World War 11, he held a variety of AAF posts, including command of state-side tactical units. In June 1943 Colonel Stearley, Col. Morton H. McKinnon, AAF, and Lt. Col. Orin H. Moore, USA, wrote War Department Field Manual 10CL-20,Command and Employment qfAir Power. The manual was published on July 21, 1943, and became the fundamental doctrinal statement of operational independence for the Army Air Forces. It was also a major step toward an independent Air Force, established in September 1947.

But they were really just projections of technology, more so than aircraft oriented to any specific mission. When World War I1 descended on us, we had some adaptations to make. The P-40 was supposed to be an airto-air fighter, and I had one of the first squadrons of P-40Fs. One day we decided we ought to try some ground attack with it, and all hell descended on us from Washington. That was an air-to-air fighter as it was bought. Kohn: Can we now switch from North Africa to Europe? Let me pose a paradox to you.

Working with Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery, he was instrumental in asserting the necessity for air superiority as a prerequisite for all other types of air operations. [Lord Arthur Tedder, With Prejudice: The War Memoirs of a Marshal of rhe Royal Air Force (Boston, 1966). pp 218-19; R. J. Overy, The Air War, 19394945 (New York, 1981), pp 84-89; Sir Arthur Coningham, “The Development of Tactical Air Forces,” Journal ofUnitedServicesInsriture IX (1946). 211-227; Shelford Bidwell and Dominick Graham, Fire Power: Brirish Army Weapons and Theories of War, 1904-1945 (Boston, 1982)l.

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