Carl A. Spaatz and the air war in Europe (General histories) by Richard G Davis

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Bombardment would attack naval vessels and enemy industrial centers and other key areas behind enemy lines and assist in attacks against field targets. Official manuals, which were approved by the ground officers who dominated the War Department General Staff, paid little attention to the planning or conduct of strategic bombing. Instead, they concentrated on bombardment’s role in ground operations. Attack aviation would conduct low-level attacks with heavy machine guns, cannon, and bombs against battlefield targets.

After three years at Rockwell Field, Spaatz assumed command of the 1st Bombardment Wing at March Field in Riverside, California. From California, Spaatz traveled back to the Potomac in 1933 where he served for two years as Chief of the Training and Operations Division in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps (OCAC). In 1935 he received his first promotion in seventeen yearsto lieutenant colonel. With the promotion came orders to attend the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

That trust, Eaker’s skill in gaining the respect of others, and his undeniable skills as an air leader and pioneer made him Arnold’s logical choice to arrange for the arrival of AAF combat forces in England in 1942. S. 9~ By the end of 1938, Carl Spaatz had spent twenty-eight years in the United States Army, twenty-three of them as a flyer. From his days at West Point through his course at the Command and General Staff School he showed little appreciation of, if not disdain for, the academic side of the military profession.

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