National Affairs: Up from the Bilges

When shrewd, burly Admiral Louis Denfeld was made Chief of Naval Operations (TIME, Nov. 24), the morale of Navy airmen, already low, sank into the bilges. Admiral Denfeld was a submarine and battleship man. The only thing he knew about air power, the airmen grumbled, was what he learned from watching Jap Kamikazes dive on his battleship division off Okinawa.

But even if Louis Denfeld was no airman, he knew where to find a good one to take over the Navy's No. 2 spot and the job of running the Navy's air arm....

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