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To Command the Sky: The Battle for Air Superiority Over Germany, 1942-1944
This study draws from both American and German sources to show how the US Army Air Forces cleared the way for the successful Allied invasion of France. In 1944 a revitalized American leadership abandoned the unsuccessful approach of strategic bombing and instead focused on air superiority, practically chasing the enemy out of the sky and eliminating GermanyAs supply of tra ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Smithsonian Books (DC)
(first published October 17th 1991)
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The authors do an excellent job of showing how the Allies were able to use their material superiority to best advantage and defeat the Luftwaffe. Counterintuitively, the main advantage gained by the strategic bombing program was the defeat of the Luftwaffe. It was only when the bombers started hitting important targets in Germany accompanied by escort fighters that the German fighters had to fight at unequal terms.
In the second world war in the European theater, the U.S. Army 8th Air Force didn't destroy German industry (at least not until German defeat was clear) but did, once long range fighters were available & deemed necessary, shoot down the Luftwaffe using the US bombers as bait