By Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston
AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE: common HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD'S global conflict II DIARIES, quantity 2
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He was billeted with the Eighth Air Force leadership, where he gained a clearer appreciation of their problems. On his return, he generated a host of memos to Arnold covering in detail many facets of operational problems in England. Although Eaker felt that Lovett’s visit had helped smooth over some of his difficulties with Hap, the tone of communications between Arnold and Eaker appeared increasingly impatient and less tolerant of each other. 37 Eaker’s immediate response outlined the problem of his and other commanders, reporting that although there were 664 heavies in the theater only 385 of them were immediately available for operations.
Giles, “you have got to get a fighter to protect our bombers. ” One author has labeled this the most important memo written by Arnold during the war. 46 Arnold journeyed to the West Coast himself for, in his words, “the main purpose of putting the fear of God in the . . ”47 Arnold never seemed to appreciate the reasons for the difference between the numbers of aircraft and aircrews reported to be in theater and their dispatch on combat missions. During the month of June 1943, although the Eighth possessed a daily average of 775 heavies assigned, its effective combat strength was only 222 and on only four days during the month were missions flown against targets in Germany.
15 The CBO plan recommended an increase in force levels in chronological periods, calling for a minimum of 944 heavy bombers to be in the theater by the end of June 1943—less than 90 days away. Given the shortage of trained crews and other limiting factors in this first period, the targets were to be those within the range of fighter escorts except for two beyond, namely the Rumanian oil fields at Ploesti and the German ball-bearing works at Schweinfurt in Bavaria. During the second phase, ending in October of 1943, 1,192 heavy bombers were required and by January 1944 the number needed increased to 1,746.
American Air Power Comes of Age: General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World War II Diaries, Vol. 2 by Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston