World Battlefronts: COMMAND: Who Does What Where?

A few more steps were taken last week to unravel the Pacific command situation. Army air forces on Okinawa and other Ryukyu bases were transferred from the command of Admiral Nimitz to General MacArthur.

MacArthur promptly appointed his old right-hand airman, General George C. Kenney, as tactical air commander in the war against Japan. Bristle-haired George Kenney promised to attack "from 10,000 feet and from 10 feet" 24 hours a day.

At that point, the Army air setup looked like this:

¶Kenney's command under MacArthur will include three air forces: the Fifth, commanded by stocky, sallow Lieut. General Ennis...

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