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Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II$
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Phil Haun

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176789

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176789.001.0001

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High-Altitude Daylight Precision Bombing in World War II

High-Altitude Daylight Precision Bombing in World War II

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(p.195) 7 High-Altitude Daylight Precision Bombing in World War II
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Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II
Author(s):
Phil Haun
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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176789.003.0008

This concluding chapter examines US air war planning in World War II and evaluates overall American strategic bombing effectiveness: how HADPB theory held up to the reality of combat. After sketching out the early air war in Europe leading up to the entry of the United States, the chapter considers several aspects of the role American strategic bombing played during World War II, including the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO), and evaluates how well the underlying assumptions of HADPB withstood the harsh reality of war. Finally, the chapter assesses how air power contributed overall to the Allied victory in Europe and analyzes the USAAF experience with HADPB against Japan.

Keywords:   air war planning, World War II European theater, World War II Pacific theater, HADPB, strategic bombing, Combined Bomber Offensive

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