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Architect of Air PowerGeneral Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force$
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Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169989

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.001.0001

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The European Theater of Operations

The European Theater of Operations

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(p.64) 4 The European Theater of Operations
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Architect of Air Power
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Brian D. Laslie

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169989.003.0005

Chapter Four follows the architects of the air war as they were shipped overseas to gain combat experience. General Hap Arnold knew that his most trusted subordinates would need combat missions on their records if they were going to be leaders in a post-war Air Force. Kuter was deployed overseas in October 1942 to take command of the First Bombardment Wing. When General Kuter assumed command he found four understrength groups of B-17's (Flying Fortresses) operating separately. He succeeded in welding the individual squadrons and groups into a coordinated fighting force. Despite his desire to stay and lead the wing, Kuter’s reputation proceeded him and he was forced to depart England only a few weeks after taking command of the wing.

Keywords:   B-17, Sub pens, Bombardment

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