The Navy had been getting away with too much, too long; the Army Air Forces could keep silent no longer. The Navy had been promoting itself as "the strong right arm of the State Department." When the U.S. wanted to make a show of force in the Mediterranean, it used the Navy (TIME, Sept. 30). The volatile, high-octane boys in the Air Forces were sure that a single B-29 sitting on a runway in Europe, with a "mushroom bomb" in its belly, would be a more convincing show of force, at a fraction of the Navy's cost. They wanted...

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