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American Air Power Comes of Age: General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World War II Diaries, Vol. 2

AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE: basic HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD'S global struggle II DIARIES, quantity 2

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At Quadrant, the British were lavish in their praise of the AAF Ploesti mission of two weeks earlier. ”57 However, consistent with British advocacy of continued operations in Italy and the Mediterranean, he insisted that AAF efforts would be vastly enhanced by operating from bases to be obtained in northern Italy. In the same session, Arnold pointed out that estimates of replacement of aircraft and aviators had proven too low and conceded the additional problem of “war-weary” crews. 58 The reality of the moment, however, was not encouraging.

10:45 to 11:10 talked to Morgan and [Leigh-] Mallory; went into details of [Overlord] operations.

At the same time, although the conference confidently stated that there were sufficient airplanes to meet worldwide requirements, Hap knew there would be additional demands for aircraft to implement the Trident decisions, including air assets in Italy, increased Hump tonnage, the Ploesti attack, and air support for Pacific operations. If there were still those in the AAF (earlier, this had included Arnold) who felt that bombing alone could compel Germany to end the war, Trident’s embracement of the CBO plan demolished that thinking.

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