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By Phillip S. Meilinger

Ever because the US military acquired its first "aeroplane" in 1909, debates have raged over the software, effectiveness, potency, legality, or even the morality of airpower and strategic bombing. regrettably, a lot of this controversy has been coloured through accusations, misconceptions, inaccuracies, myths, and easy untruths. If airpower wishes criticizing --- and positively there are occasions while feedback is suitable --- it has to be according to actual details. In Airpower: Myths and proof, Col Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF, retired, increases issues and counterpoints that try to transparent away the various detritus that obscures the topic, hence permitting extra expert debate at the actual matters touching on airpower and strategic bombing and giving our political and army leaders a greater foundation on which to shape judgements in destiny conflicts.

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Hallion, 111. 7. , 113. * Production did increase in Germany through the first half of 1944; it then began falling precipitously in virtually all categories, starting in the autumn of that year. Most of the production increase resulted from a slack German economy—it *See, for example, J. F. C. : Rutgers University Press, 1961), 303; Hans Rumpf, The Bombing of Germany, trans. Edward Fitzgerald (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963), 167–72; Stephen A. Garrett, Ethics and Airpower in World War II: The British Bombing of German Cities (New York: St.

Government Printing Office, 30 September 1945), 18; and Overy, 129. 6. USSBS, 18–22. 7. Overy, 124. 8. John Keegan, Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th–August 25th, 1944 (New York: Viking Press, 1982), 143. 45 9. : Government Printing Office, August 1945), 2. 10. One P-47 pilot stated that he flew 70 combat missions with the Ninth Air Force between July 1944 and the end of the war but saw an enemy aircraft on only one mission. Robert V. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000), 122, 156.

4. John Terraine, The U-Boat Wars, 1916–1945 (New York: Putnam, 1989), 772–73. Terraine notes 37 that 62 of those submarines were destroyed in port by Allied bombing. 5. Richard P. Hallion, “The Second World War as a Turning Point in Airpower,” in Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo, ed. Sebastian Cox and Peter Gray (London: Frank Cass, 2002), 100. For an excellent overview of this campaign, see Christina J. M. Goulter, A Forgotten Offensive: Royal Air Force Coastal Command’s AntiShipping Campaign, 1940–1945 (London: Frank Cass, 1995).

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