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Air Superiority in international 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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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. So in that respect I have misspoken. Momyer: Yes, I was on those maneuvers. I recall that we were sent out in formations to intercept incoming bombers. We were sent out on formations to engage other fighters. But the primary emphasis during that entire maneuver was really in support of the ground forces.

In the 1950s LeMay built the Strategic Air Command into the dominant, long-range, strategic air arm. During World War 11, he led a series of bomber units in Europe for the Eighth Air Force before becoming commander of the XX Bomber Command at Kharagpur, India, and later of the XXI Bomber Command at Harmon Field, Guam. As XXI commander he developed the tactics and plans for B-29 missions which firebombed Tokyo. When World War I1 ended, LeMay returned to the United States as Deputy ChiefiAir Staff, Research and Development, AAE In October 1948 he became commander in chief of Strategic Air Command.

Stearley (1898-1973). From 1936 to 1940 Stearley was at the Air Corps Tactical School. 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.

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