World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Unity

In New Delhi, Admiral the Lord Louis Mountbatten, disciple of unified command, welded units of the R.A.F. and U.S. Army Air Forces into a single air force. Its commander:purse-mouthed, able Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse, onetime chief of R.A.F.'s Bomber Command.

Air Marshal Peirse's deputy, studious Major General George E. Stratemeyer, was Chief of Staff for General "Hap" Arnold before going to field duty in India last summer. There General Stratemeyer commanded both Brigadier General Howard C. Davidson's Tenth Air Force (India) and Chennault's famed Fourteenth (China).

Air unity had grown in the India-China command in a...

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