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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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Architect of Air Power

Brian D. Laslie

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Six begins in May 1943 when General Kuter returned to Headquarters Army Air Forces to become assistant chief of air staff for plans and combat operations. During this time he helped author the field manual 100-20 which was later called the “emancipation proclamation… of air power.” Kuter also flew on the bombing mission over the Normandy beaches in the early morning of 6 June. Kuter helped organize the Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific and represented the Army Air Forces at the Yalta conference in 1945 while General Hap Arnold convalesced from a heart attack, an experience Kuter later covered in his book An Airman at Yalta. Although overlooked, it would not be hyperbole to say that Kuter was single-handedly speaking for war-time air force and preparing for the post-war air force at the same time.

Keywords:   Yalta conference, B-29s, FM 100-20

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