BATTLE OF EUROPE: End of a Cycle

Britain, until now the main base of the air offensive against Germany, may soon be a secondary base. North Africa, Sicily, Italy will soon loom large in strategic bombing of Germany, and they may well overshadow Britain.

At first this dawning realization was a bitter pill for the R.A.F. Bomber Command and the U.S. Eighth Air Force. Every shift of bombers to the Mediterranean was a "diversion," a threat to the use of independent air power. By last week the pill was becoming an acceptable if not yet welcomed dose of reason and fact. Bomber men began to see that...

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