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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.
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