By Alec Lumsden
The Wellington, which begun its carrier lifestyles as a medium bomber in 1938, used to be the mainstay of Bomber Command (and sole apparatus of the East Anglican No three staff) till overdue in 1940. Blooded in strive against at the moment day of the warfare (September four, 1939) the Wellington carried the larger a part of the bombing offensive on German naval and commercial pursuits for the following 12 months. The very adaptability which made the Wellington so well liked by the RAF accounted in no small degree for its being produced in better numbers than the other multi-engined aeroplane inbuilt Britain-11,461 all advised
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Future chief of the Luftwaffe General Staff General der Flieger Karl Koller backed Goring in this proposal, but they were swimming against the current of military thought in prewar Germany.
I7 Giulio Douhet (1869-1930) was an Italian army officer in World War I who had begun to theorize about flight and its future impact upon warfare before that conflict broke out. He became a confidant of the Caproni aircraft manufacturing interests, which produced heavy bombers in World War I and which naturally promoted the merits of strategic bombing. An artillery officer, Douhet had some knowledge of scientific principles, which he would later apply in an attempt to validate his ideas. During the war he was so critical of the Italian failure to devote more resources to air power and his government's otherwise inept conduct of the war that he was court-martialed and spent some time in prison.
22 TO COMMAND THE SKY troops or sea forces could join in battle ... Anti-aircraft defenses installed for the defense of military objects merely divert that much personnel from actual warfare ... The whole attack should be conducted in a prompt, aggressive manner. 24 While he had little use for antiaircraft artillery, Mitchell for a time had to wrap offensive striking power in the cocoon of a defensive role. That role was to maintain air superiority over the United States and protect it from the now feasible attacks by air fleets as well as traditional sea threats from the maritime approaches.
Wellington special by Alec Lumsden