By William L. Cramer

From Wikipedia: airplane have been used for reconnaissance, as warring parties, bombers and ground-support, and every position was once complicated significantly. Innovation incorporated airlift (the strength to quick flow constrained high-priority provides, apparatus and personnel);[335] and of strategic bombing (the bombing of civilian parts to ruin and morale).[336] Anti-aircraft weaponry additionally complex, together with defences corresponding to radar and surface-to-air artillery, akin to the German 88 mm gun. using the jet plane used to be pioneered, and although past due advent intended it had little effect, it resulted in jets turning into ordinary in all over the world air forces.[337] ~~~ Advances have been made in approximately each element of naval conflict, so much significantly with airplane vendors and submarines. even though at the beginning of the warfare aeronautical war had rather little good fortune, activities at Taranto, Pearl Harbor, the South China Sea and the Coral Sea tested the provider because the dominant capital send rather than the battleship.[338][339][340] within the Atlantic, escort vendors proved to be an integral part of Allied convoys, expanding the powerful defense radius and aiding to shut the Mid-Atlantic gap.[341] companies have been additionally less expensive than battleships end result of the particularly reasonably priced of aircraft[342] and their no longer requiring to be as seriously armoured.[343] Submarines, which had proved to be a good weapon in the course of the First global War[344] have been expected via both sides to be vital within the moment. The British concentrated improvement on anti-submarine weaponry and strategies, similar to sonar and convoys, whereas Germany keen on enhancing its offensive strength, with designs corresponding to the sort VII submarine and wolfpack tactics.[345] steadily, bettering Allied applied sciences comparable to the Leigh gentle, hedgehog, squid, and homing torpedoes proved effective. ~~~ Land conflict replaced from the static entrance strains of global struggle I to elevated mobility and mixed arms...

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Page 22 Chapter 5 Combat Crew Training II On my first day at Plant Park, I was in the snack bar by myself when a fellow came over to the table and introduced himself to me. His name was Paul Quinn, a pilot and a first lieutenant. Paul said he had noticed my staff sergeant stripes and my gunner wings and felt that I must have had some experience. " That sounded good to me, so we decided to start at the first formation in the morning. We would pick our men and then meet for lunch. " "I picked out a top-notch radio operator and engineer and they are going to help me pick out four high-scoring gunners," I replied.

Page 21 After going through so much training with my crew, it was with a heavy heart that I watched them take off into the wild blue yonder. My new orders transferred me to Plant Park, just outside of Tampa, to be processed for combat crew training. I telephoned Jean and broke the news. During our long talk she cried and said she would wait for me. I told her I thought she should go on with her life and, when I got back from the war, I would come to see her again and we could decide then what we wanted to do in peacetime.

I was so cranked up with the excitement of what the next day would bring that I could hardly sleep that night.  Charlie McFarlin, navigator. " We were all excited to know that we would be flying overseas instead of going by boat like a herd of cattle. It allowed us the prestige of proving our airmanship by flying our own airplane that great distance. As the first crew to get their orders, we were being flown to Hunter instead of going by troop train. Shortly after Paul's announcement, we were all sent to the supply room to be issued brand new flying equipment everything, including a parachute and parachute bag, winter and summer flying suits, sunglasses, winter and summer helmets with goggles, a B-4 bag, two types of leather gloves with silk inserts, and best of all, a new leather A-2 jacket.

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