From the editor.
In this summer 2014 issue of Air Power History, you will first read Dan Haulman's account of the troop carrier air drops in advance of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Were the drops of the 82d Airborne and 101st Airborne troops a disaster, as claimed by some historians? Or were there other factors at play? The author reexamines the entire story and comes up with a set of different conclusions.
You will also learn about the beginning of American aviation in a couple of reprinted articles by Juliette Hennessy. Ms. Hennessy also recounts some of the legendary stories about the Americans who flew for France as members of the Lafayette Escadrille before the United States entered World War I.
A.D. Harvey authored the next two accounts. The first of Dr. Harvey's articles takes a very close look at the aircraft designed by Nazi Germany. Were they really as technologically superior, as many historians believed or were they not?
The second examines Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris's views on the so-called panacea targets--the theory that by striking certain manufacturing centers, the enemy would have no choice but to surrender.
Also included in this issue are nearly two dozen book reviews. Although all of the reviews are excellent, I especially commend that you read the one about a book entitled Grounded proposing the abolition of the United States Air Force and several books received,
Please note that we have now relocated the President's Message to page 5. The departments are in their customary places, including Bob Dorr's ever-popular "History Mystery."
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