By David N. Spires
Air energy for Pattons military КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Air strength historical past and Museums ProgramАвтор(ы): David N. SpiresЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2002Количество страниц: 398Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 10.3 mb RapidIfolder fifty one
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18 The Ninth Air Force, which moved from Egypt to England on October 16, 1943, under the command of Maj. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton (Chart 3), initially consisted of a small headquarters contingent from the Ninth and elements of the Eighth Air Force’s VIII ASC, including Colonel Cole. A vast influx of new, largely inexperienced personnel as yet untested by combat accounted for the bulk of this tactical air force, which over the next seven and a half months grew to more than 170,000 officers and enlisted.
Army group in southern England preparing to land in France at Calais. 2 Largely unknown outside the AAF, General Weyland looked forward to his first combat assignment. While Patton busied himself establishing headquarters at Peover Hall, Weyland arrived without fanfare on January 29, 1944, 22 Preparing for Joint Operations after leading his 84th Fighter Wing of P–47 fighter-bombers on a four-week trans-Atlantic flight that staged from North Carolina southward across the Caribbean through Brazil and French West Africa, then north from Africa across the Bay of Biscay to Keevil and nearby airfields in the vicinity of Salisbury in southern England.
Close air support—attacking 17 Air Power for Patton’s Army enemy forces near or on the front line—ranked third. ”37 Criticism of the close air support mission as wasteful, of course, was hardly new. Indeed, airmen had made it a major doctrinal point throughout the interwar period. The authors, however, clearly took pains to explain the difficulties of extensive close air support while stressing the importance of cooperation and coordination in attaining common goals. Even so, Army Ground Forces did not share the AAF’s enthusiasm for the 1943 manual.