Cover

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Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

Source Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

In October 1910, former president Theodore Roosevelt was in St. Louis campaigning for the Republican governor of Missouri, Herbert Hadley. Upon learning of an “International Aeronautic Tournament” outside the city, the energetic and always inquisitive Roosevelt demanded to see it. “TR” and Hadley arrived at Kinloch...

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1. Genesis in the Great War

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pp. 7-34

On a warm Sunday morning, U.S. Military Academy cadets assembled at Trophy Point to witness a spectacular event. Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss had announced that he would pilot his thirty-foot-long biplane from Albany to New York and claim the New York World’s prize of ten thousand dollars for making ...

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2. Progressive Prophecy

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pp. 35-66

For Billy Mitchell, the final attack on a relic of the Kaiser’s navy was as important as any he had directed on the Western Front. One by one, the six Martin MB-2 bombers and a single Handley- Page flew past Mitchell’s Osprey, a blue and white DH-4 with a blue command pennant flapping from the rudder. The dualengine...

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3. From Prophecy to Plan

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pp. 67-102

Army Air Corps First Lieutenant Curtis LeMay felt his stomach churning as he trudged through a heavy morning downpour toward the B-17 bomber designated “Number 80” and parked at Mitchel Field, Long Island. LeMay was a handpicked member of three B-17 crews who would fly their bombers as “blue force” aircraft...

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4. Breaching Fortress Europe, 1942–43

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pp. 103-147

Thirteen minutes after the last of 139 B-17s from Eighth Air Force’s Fourth Bomb Wing had crossed the Dutch coast, the first German fighters appeared. Instantly, the bomber crews knew that their misgivings about the mission against the sprawling Messerschmitt factory at Regensburg were justified. The daylight raid would ...

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5. Bludgeoning with Bombs

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pp. 148-183

As the crews of 311 B-17s approached their target, a smoky black haze arose from the city surrounding it and mingled with dense clouds. Dresden, the medieval capital of Saxony, was in ruins. More than 750 RAF Lancasters had dropped 1,471 tons of high explosive bombs and 1,175 tons of incendiaries on the refugee-filled ...

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6. Fire from the Sky

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pp. 184-234

As midnight on 9 March passed into the wee hours of the next day, Major General Curtis LeMay could not sleep. Instead, he paced back and forth through the Quonset hut that served as the operations control room of Headquarters XXI Bomber Command on Guam, nervously smoking his trademark cigars....

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7. Progressive Legacies

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pp. 235-256

Tooey Spaatz stood on the deck of the USS Missouri and watched a seemingly endless stream of B-29s pass low overhead. The spectacle, which also included vast formations of Army Air Forces and Navy fighters, was an awesome display of American air power following the formal Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. Spaatz was...

Notes

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pp. 257-320

Bibliography

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pp. 321-334

Index

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pp. 335-349