"COMINCH" corridor, on the second "deck" forward of the Navy Building in Washington, leads to the austere office of the fleet Commander in Chief, Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. Down this formidable channel, one day recently, steamed Vice-Admiral Aubrey Fitch. He bore with him a topside-shaking plan.

The plan was to create a new office of Deputy Commander in Chief for Air, roughly parallel to the job which five-star General Henry H. Arnold holds down in the War Department. Navy airmen would at last have some of the prestige to which they believe...

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