National Affairs: Airborne's Air Force

In age, the Army's airborne branch (organized 1940) is only an infant. But in battle experience the airborne is a seasoned veteran with a gruff enough voice to demand its place in the sun. Last week the airborne's demands were beginning to produce results. The Air Force announced that it is setting up a new command at Greenville, S.C.—the Eighteenth Air Force—whose sole job will be carrying troopers and equipment to the battlefield.

Although the new command (along with the Ninth Air Force) will be under the administration of the Tactical Air Command, it will, in effect, give airborne outfits a separate...

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