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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 reports)

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Eisenhower, Allied commander in North Africa, was so disturbed at the bickering between his subordinates that he drafted a message to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall asking to be relieved of command. Fortunately Sir Arthur W. Tedder, RAF Air Chief Marshal and Coningham’s superior, intervened and directed Coningham to apologize to Patton personally. He did, and the incident ended. See Lord Arthur Tedder, With Prejudice: The War Memoirs ofa Marshal of the Royal Air Force (Boston, 1966), pp 410-14, and Stephen E.

The concept you referred to occurred during the Battle of Britain and after. What I think brought it about-I am being intuitive now-was that the British saw how the Germans failed. The Germans nearly won that war, and the British, I think, knew quite well that the Germans damn near won it. Had the Germans kept attacking targets in England that the British would have had to come up and defend, and had the Germans sent fighters over to bring the British into combat, then Germany would perhaps have had air superiority over England.

Also recommended is John W. Huston, “The Wartime Leadership of ‘Hap’ Arnold,” Air Power and Warfare, Proceedings of the 8th Military History Symposium, United States Air Force Academy, October 18-20, 1978 (Washington, 1979). pp 168-185. 22 PRE-WORLD WAR I1 Aviation Cadet James Ferguson. Lee: No. Momyer: Could you see it in the Carolina maneuvers, Jim? ’~ Ferguson: Yes, based on early reports from U . S . ‘~ Spike, we conducted “dawn patrols,” as in World War I, along the Pee Dee River [North Carolina].

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