Army & Navy - NAVY: Battle Lost

When Navy's No. 1 airman, Rear Admiral John H. Towers, head of BuAer (Bureau of Aeronautics), was last week made a vice admiral it was a promotion for Admiral Towers but a demotion for the Navy's air arm. For Towers was sent out to command all Navy flyers in the Pacific and his key job in the Washington high command was given to a battleship admiral.

New BuAer Chief Rear Admiral John Sidney McCain, 58, is a good officer. But like many other so-called air admirals, he got an airman's rating late, is...

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