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Hinton, Air Victory: The Men and Machines, (New York: Harper, 1948), p. 87; Arnold, Global Mission, p. 179; Memo, Gen Malin Craig, CofS, WD, to Asst CofS, G-2, WD, 17 Mar 39, file OCS 14100-21, RG 165, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Memo, Craig to Asst CofS, G-2, WD, 24 May 38, file OCS 14110-23, RG 165, NARA; Kuter Lecture, pp. 2-6. 14. Ltr, Maj Gen H. H. Arnold, Chief, Air Corps, to Karl H. Von Weigand, Foreign Service Editor, International New Service, 6 Mar 39, file 381, CDF 19391942, RG 18, NARA; Arnold, Global Mission, pp.
This way they would avoid enemy ground fire. Supporters in the ground forces also believed that the planes' maneuverability would allow them to dodge fighter pursuit. The airmen never fully accepted the light aircraft as a battlefield weapon, but they saw no alternative. Some "standard" observation models, such as the 0-47 and 0-52 procured for testing between 1939 and 1941, were very fine aircraft in terms of providing good loitering time and good observation for the observers. Yet by 1941 the airmen had determined that they were too vulnerable, by European battlefield standards, both to enemy fighters and ground fire.
Watson, Chief of Staff, pp. 77, 152-55, 162-78, Dewitt S. : Doubleday, 1980), pp. 428 and 434-37; George Catlett Marshall, The Pa ers of Geor e Catlett Marshall ed. Larry I. Bland (Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1981--, vol. I, The Soldierly Spirit, December 1880-June 1939 (1981), pp. 611, 617, 618, 620-24; Forrest C. Pogue, George C. Marshall (New York: Viking, 1963-87), vol. 2, Ordeal and Hope, 1939-1942 (965), pp. 48-50 and 82-85; Harold B. Hinton, Air Victory: The Men and Machines, (New York: Harper, 1948), p.
A Patt. for Joint Opns - WWII Close Air Spt. North Africa by D. Mortensen