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Carl A. Spaatz and the air warfare in europe

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Understandably the division of the budget and other service resources created some of the fiercest tension in the Army. 2 percent a year. 45 Such expenses in an era of unremitting fiscal belt-tightening created bitterness within the rest of the Army as the financially conservative Coolidge administration, the Depression-ridden Hoover administration, and the first Roosevelt administration sought to reduce War Department expenditures without regard to military ~ a p a b i l i t y . ~ ~ Spaatz’s life in the interwar years was not uneventful.

57 During the course of these seignorial visits, Mitchell invariably expected Spaatz to procure a powerful motor car, usually from Rickenbacker Motor Corporation, for his personal use. 5~ In the course of his many trips to Selfridge, Mitchell, one of the most ardent air power enthusiasts, took pains to imprint his views on Spaatz. 60 Mitchell believed that gaining air superiority over the enemy air force was the first and the most necessary task of the air arm. Without freedom to operate, air could not perform any of its other missions or deny enemy air the ability to conduct its own missions.

On March 1, 1935, with the strong support of the Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, GHQ Air Force became a reality, gathering under 24 EARLYCAREER Maj. Gen. James E. S. Army Air Corps, discussing the Question Murk’s flight with its crew. Leji to right: 1st Lt. Elwood R. Quesada, Capt. Ira C. Eaker, Fechet, Maj. Carl A. Spaatz, and Sgt. Roy G . Hooe. its aegis all the tactical units based in the United States. It formed thee combat wings, one at its headquarters at Langley Field and the other two at Barksdale Field in Louisiana and March Field in California.

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