U.S. At War: Bandit Chief

In a week when Under Secretary of War Patterson declared that battered Tokyo was no longer a primary bombers' target, the War Department announced the name of the man who will run the heavy bombers' assault on Japan to war's end. To no one's surprise, he was 54-year-old General Carl Andrew Spaatz (TIME, July 2). "Tooey" Spaatz will be chief of a new U.S. Army Strategic Air Force of the Pacific.

On the record, no one was better qualified to direct the aerial destruction of Japan than the onetime fighter pilot who was chief of...