Army & Navy - Proof of Independence

To air tacticians the world over, Feb. 18, 1943 has already become a historic date. On that day, at his Northwest Africa headquarters. General Dwight David Eisen hower signed an order which gave air-power men their chance to prove another chapter in their philosophy of air warfare.

The order freed the Allied air-support commands from the ground units to which they were tied. It lumped them into the Northwest African Tactical Air Force.

Their new mission: to break out of their restricted battle areas, blast the way for the ground troops by theaterwide...

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