Re­views & Pre­views

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You note a rel­a­tive lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion for the 15th in com­par­i­son to the Eighth. Why do you think that is? Did it cause dif­fi­culty in re­search­ing this book?

There’s a large amount of 15th Air Force doc­u­men­ta­tion, in­clud­ing de­tailed sta­tis­ti­cal and op­er­a­tional stud­ies. For in­stance, the as­sess­ments of bomb­ing the Ploesti oil re­finer­ies are ex­tremely well done. But the early pe­riod, when Gen­eral [James “Jimmy”] Doolit­tle had to hit the ground run­ning, was nec­es­sar­ily sparse. He was un­der­stand­ably more con­cerned with op­er­a­tions than record-keep­ing. That con­trasts with the Eighth, which had sev­eral months to get up to speed both ad­min­is­tra­tively and op­er­a­tionally, whereas the 15th be­gan fly­ing mis­sions on Day One, Novem­ber 1, 1943.

ZACH ROSEN­BERG IS AN AS­SO­CI­ATE

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