World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: The Appointed Time

Our enemy at the appointed time will feel the might of a thoroughly coordinated British-American air force.

When these words were spoken last week by Major General Carl ("Tooey") Spaatz, the U.S. Army Air Forces' commander in Britain, U.S. fighter pilots were flying over the Channel and into Occupied France. They were operating for the first time in complete squadrons commanded by U.S. officers. Behind their historic flight were weeks of training with R.A.F. squadrons, with whom the U.S. pilots had flown individually.

The circled star on their wings was the Army Air Forces' emblem, but the planes were battle-proven British Spitfires.*...

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