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Air Superiority in global warfare 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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As I say, the development of an observation airplane gave no consideration whatsoever to enemy air, air superiority, or control of the air. Those planes had a tail gun which probably wasn’t worth anything, but they considered themselves able to go around almost unhindered and take pictures and make observations and spot artillery and so forth. During the time that I had my squadron, we got 0-47s, a three-place airplane with a pilot, a gunner, and a fellow who could sit up on top or lay down in the belly and take pictures or look.

Momyer during pilot training. AIR SUPERIORITY forty years ago, one can say that the transition from World War I expressions and tactics was evolving. Fighter sweeps, escort of attack and bomber formations as well as air-to-air combat became the pattern of operations. One very popular and, I think, successful tactic was very early morningfirst light as the Brits would say-attacks against enemy airfields. Quesada: I might inject, I don’t have any knowledge of the Carolina maneuvers because I wasn’t there.

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. Ambrose, The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight David Eisenhower (New York, 1970), pp 181-82. “RAF Air Vice Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham was in 1942 the commander of the Western Desert Air Force. When Lt.

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