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RESOURCES AND STATUS OF THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, OUTLINE OF THE WAR PLAN, AND DISCUSSION OF CURRENT SOFT SPOTS -

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General

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and Gentlem~n: I will cover the current operational


of forces

In brief order for the atomic within

plan

offensive

and the pr eserrt status this, General which

the Command~

Following

LeMay has asked


impair, or

that I point up the major deficiencies threaten to impair, the execution

of this plan.

Items to be discussed Organization Personnel

include: of units

and location

Plan of overseaS'ffiovement
Planned Latest disposition target system of deployed forces

First atomic

strike
accuracy

Notes on bombing

Current "soft spots"'


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Air Command

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Groups Groups group to

Eleven

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the command has a total personof:

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As for aircraft,

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At exerciseHDUJ~LISM2 December 1948, we outlined forces overseas~ hithough

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into position

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Red d rscs Lnd Lca.tie areas material,

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areas which-"w~ll require

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assi"ghed

by "OFF TACICLEu

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E+6. Medium b~mbers will

is scheduled

to be launched

on

attack

fro~ the Un.Lt ed Kingdom and

8-368 will attack

from either that a-36s

Alas~a, Goose Bay, or Rapid


are launched from Rapid City, them through the that, with present to operate B-36s

City.

In the event of cou~se,

it will, Middle

be necessary to stage to date indicates

East.

Experience

facilities through
about

at Eielson, during

we will not be able mid-winter

Alaska
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when temperatures

are below

The next chart bombers based

shows

the scheme Kingdom.·

of attack

for medium that

in the United

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this is only t~e first striket''iJ;l,vo~vil':lg a total of 26 target areas. ducting


"inv:ol~ing ployed. 6 Also

let me point There

out that it 1:8 ,onty' one way of conare, of ~ourse7 .many variations

the strike.'
the .size

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The attack simultanepusly

plan calls by two major

~or, Soviet "borders to be pane t ra t ed forces attacking from the north-

west and southwest. Th~ total force will include 201 UK-based B-36s. medium bombers
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and 10 North American-based

On~y the UK phase along'the northern

shown. on the chart~, 112 will attack and 89 along the southern approach along Southern occurr~ng,in route. Scandinavia

route

The ~orthern and Southern

force will Finland, the

pen~tration The southern the Southern area.

the area northeast of Leningrad. ' Central Italy,

forces will cross Central.France, Ba~kans, and will penetrate

alqng the Black Sea

We have resorted by indicating

to color to show the scheme of maneuver positions of the two forces as the

successive

a t t ack develops • . For instance, crossing Southern at the time that the northern Scandinavia, the southern force is

force will be

'crossing Greece.
During

the' pe rLod 1905-1950,

GeT,

forces will

be posi-

tioned crossed

as shown by brown. and periphery

At. this time, borders will be bombe?

targets

During the period tioned

1950-2035:, the forces will be posiSeven targets will be

as shown by the blue areas. this pe~iod.


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During green. Five the pe rLod 2035-2120~
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targets will be bombed. t'~talli~g ten, will be struck

The most ,'re'mcite targets,

during

the period

2120"';2313, as shown

qy

the

red. are crossed,


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Wi thin' approximately all targets We

four hours after

borders

will have been bombed.


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have not att'empted"


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to indicate ,
targets'

the wfthdrawal

routes.
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withdraw

to the

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attackbases

ing targets

s'out h of 'the '

withdraw

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staging

in the Middle'Erist. We believe


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this' general

scheme of '~fta~k'

will

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de-

us the "maximumdogr ee of saturation

in so far as fighter

tween successive from two to four

aircraft. supporting

A cell

will

normally

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Simul taneous scheduled making It against The

with the United Kingqom s t r-Llre , B-36s are . . six targetl.? from"N'oTth j\mericanbases, st~·ike. aircraft •

to

strike

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of 32 t.az-g t s included >in' the first e


to,

is also planned unt.ar-get ed areas timing

dispatch

reconnai.ssance
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during

this fi'rst strike


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of la_t€lr strikes ltowever,.

Will

be d<:;termip.ed by the

tact ieal .sLtua t ion.

we

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strike
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it

is planned

to' complete

strikes against
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'123, targets

a period

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the

problem

of bombf.ng

a'c6u~acy.

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have

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asked targets,.

concer-n rng vthe '{ap'ability The WeaponEi stystem


study

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we have 'made "dur Lng rt he past

ye~r on radar

accuraqy.
actual fi'gures',

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problem.
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capability

cons i.s t ed

of

bombing 'accuracy

in-dar' bombing

runs

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'ri.re~~ thin (he U'ni ted wi were"used "totrack 'the bombers

Ground radar

units

and measure bombing accuracy_

Ali attacks
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being

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the advarrt age gained

This, was done to: isolate


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and eliminate

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the trend of q.ll SAC first runs

from az-ound 5000 feet last 'year to a present

In all radar runs, including practice runs, the' error has fallen During from ~pproximately 4000 feet to 13000 some

the early part of ~949, we experienced errors in the neighborhood

rather high bombing to ten thousand

of from..,eight thatthese

feet., Close scrutiny, indicated

high errors were due to faulty techniques, 'preparation, and ~a.ck of experience industrial type targets.

poor mission on

at high altitudes

Accordingly,

an intensive training program, on the subject

both air

and ground, Was instituted

of radar bombing. selected crews


to

It also became apparent that especially


would have to be ear-marked

as A-c~rriers

and subjected

intensive
was

training.

This Was 40ne and a Lead Crew SCh001

established

for this pur poe e , qf 1949 an E?xercise was conducted utilizrur. against of about

In the summer ing lead crews. Phoenix

A number of missions,were

and Sacramento,
0

producing an average.CEP

2500 feet

In the wi~ter of 1949, ~he fina~ two exercises were

conduct~d against Ogden nnd StocktOllo 'One,hundred


nine first.runs·produced For this exel;"cise all results confirm an average

and fifty

er~or of around 3000 feet. Note·that

sac crews were scheduled.


trane. line .. 10

thei

the accuracy

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Also a controlled APG, utilizing

e~periment

was conducted

by SAC and

B-36s at 40,000

feet altitude.

With the im-

proved Q-24 equd pmerrt, B-36 crews were ab~le.to average .192p feet fbr a total .of· 114 Targe~~ includ~d Eglin,
:I'~ctD.i

runs ,

Tampa and Birmingham.

Our Lead Crew8ch~ol

is .still in op~ration

and is being

used to train evaluated. crews selected will be a continuing crey/s, .by continued equipment,
bombin~

as A-carriers. screening

This of.A

piogram. training,

By careful
and with

improved

bombing "that
level.

such as the Q-24 and K series, can be improved

we believe

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below the 2000 foot

With a 'Yeapon radius targets can be accurately

of 5000 feet, we are confident


bombedo

that

Appr ox ima tely 18 J 000 radar

runs, all conducted 'above figures ~ere


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25,000 feet~" provide


based. So much

the basis on whi6h these

for bombing

accuracyQ
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The f cr ego i.ng gives a biief p Lct.ur of SAC resour cea e and the planned utilization

of those- reSources r in the event


t he

o-f an emergency.

You cap. appreCiate and preparationti~

need for

a high

"degree, of readiness carried

the Plan is to be

out on schedule ~ 'rhere are a numbe r of deficiertcies to impair; to varying :degrees, its execution ihclude:
Bases
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which threaten

Current

deficiencies

Advanced

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Reconnaissance Fighters Airlift
ECM, .

available

for deployment

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Electronics Materiel On the subject of Advanced

Bases;

You will recall that, ~herecent use of eight staging bases

plan contemplates
Kingdom

the

(~)~ir Bases in' the Uni~ed in the Middle East.

and two (2) I will I


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For d~scussion,

use a chart previously

shown, (CHA~T)

The three bases H~yford length. tremely

in the Oxford

area - Fairford,

Upper

I.
L '~

and Brize Norton, These

have runways

of only 6000 feet in and ext

are inadequate

for B-29 operatio~s

marginal for B,:",,50s. he use of th~se bases in the T


future would through necessitate bases.

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immediate sorties

stag,:lng~ number of
Al t.hough arrangements considerable time

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the eastern

are under way for lengthening

the ru~ways,

will be requirE1d before the wo~k is completed(l


So far Marham as runways

are concerned,

L,akenheath,

Sculthorpe,

'!

and Heathrow

are satisfactorYq are inadequate • for

Bentwaters
.F-34ES
l

has SOOO-foot" strips which wi t h four external


.t anks

operating

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Base person~~l for Lakenheath: c~mple~ents are now considered However, present~ only at Lakenhea:th,. adequate none are Sculthorpe and Marham. l?ases:at

available for the addit~onal


Essential Sculthorpe

base equipment is Ln place

and Mathern.
A.t\.-de~"mseis limited
,

Pla:ns for base defenses· and ground ,security are not satisfactorily
"

developed.
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to only a

"

few 50 cai'ibre guns and no conqrete

. for fighter cover.and gro~nd troops -' .


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p l.ans havevbee n deve Loped for proteqtion against

sabotage.
.

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lines. connec t Lng in use.
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'Avgits dist:ribution
r ~. ~

is
,

a pr obl.em,": Fuel

tank Until res.ott

farms with operating pipe iines

,bases 'are not currently


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are ac tLva ted


'~.'

:i,:t, wo:u1q"be- ~n€!oessar'y to


+

to .'tail

and mot.or t ranspor-t.a t ion,' ,w.~t h: obv fous


,.,~, ~• .. <' •

d f's ad>

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. The ;RAF, ow pl ans to st¥1-tiop. .apprQxim~telY n


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·70 B-29s at

'Marllam"'which complicates

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present.

de.pJoYment, -pLans ~.
,

As' for Dahtan: and Cair? . inciude

areas t ·t,b~ .bas Lc dif·ffcu'lties .~uel..~,to~~age.at', Dah'ran .and the


~l~ns; :1;01', both
I' •

a: abor tiage of on-base

lack·o·f firm air, base def~n~e

areas ..

The' next

soft
...

(CHART J)O:W~). ;; . ." .spot, is reconna..issan:oe.


be'~ummed'up,bri~flY"

The picture . .

can
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AlthQ¥gh,t~ree·recOrinaiSSance
r .

wings, are presently prostrength of one wing, wing~ the RB-29i


.,

grammed,

w~ ·now hav~ the eq~ival~nt ,


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and,considering,tl1e

basic equipment ,of ,this

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we are stretching the equivalent
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a point

to assess.

our "prese.n~. s~rength job required

"

as by

"~OFF' ACK:LE,"t we estimate T wint?;s would' be' r equtz-sd


"The

of one wing.
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Looking ~t,the at least.tour

that

rec~nn~~~s~nc.e

on a minimum basis.

accompiishmen.t

of such essential missions

.phQtpgr~p~,y ·as pre'

strike'and'post-strfke 750 sort ies • necessary to

would required ,

approximately ,

In t h~ event

o:f' an early

emergenc y;, it .. ou l.d be w to ~uppl,ement

draw

heavily

. the e~fort .of ' our present' "As for ,post-strike . cu I ties hours

on . the
,"

bomber forces

r ecouna.Lsaance forces ~

reconnaissance, .
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in~6ive'd 'in ope~~ting

~B~~9 .'air~·;aft
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the ..tac_1:iqa1.d;iff:h\·l~-~ ... ";._ ~ dur Lng, day Lf.g lrt


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The RB-47 will greatly a LLevLa.te the . .;', '. '" . , bomb- damage assess,mentprob1.em, bu t the ..airplanes .will .no t: ..
. ~, , .,

are

obv Lous ,

be with: us' in' numbers until

early

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f'

So:much for reconnaissance. Next is the matter tor fighters~


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S·ince .this 'discussion routes 'stpike to 'target areas,

:i,nvolves fighter.)

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I will

mill

y.our at~ention

to t.he

plan chart~
(CHART)

We require pal r cut.es;

fighter

ea cor t p ro't ec t Lon along, bo t.h. .pr-Lnct,«


" ~ ... ~r"~,'-: ', ' ....

'....

-k.,..t.

the' nbrthern route


route across

aLong Sout.hecn Sca~dinav ia Franc.e '.


~

and the southern' critical


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These routes
l,e

are during

Lnasmuch jae, dayl"~gh:t .paasag e fs .unavo i.dab

a larg.e ?ar~ of ..tb:~: .~ea:t;. AJ,so,,:,becauae involved


<

of'. the long range' a L't'L tudes


OV8r

t
,~,

pur.

bomber's must, op.erata "at


,, • •

medium

these

approach

routes,

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'In addition
UK bases

to close

escort, ~e need fig~ter cover

over

during

critical
jOb,

periods

of loadings

and"

take-offs
would

• call

The entire for, four fighter

if accomplished

eff~iciently" w~ have "~

groups ~ At present, additional'group are

~rijup as-

signed, and ~
future.,

to be aSSigned in th~

near

These groups

to' be" equipped -viit.h F-84E 't'ype airfo'ur extier na I tanks,''''

Craft ..' 'A test

pr-o gram , uti~izin,g

is
'we ,,"

soon to be c'onduc t ed,." Bas ed on the' rasu! t s : 0'£' t'his' te~t, w.i-l1 'subnri,t requ i rements a f preserit
Und.t ed

for

lqng

'range

fue i'

t'ankS

1~

"'\:;Hovl~v'er,

't-here' are
,,

no stocks

of

long range fue't tanks Tn the


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ca pabd I>-

I t y at present: for,

~grdup$'wiif,'t1e
,,_'~

"r'equire'cf

a:

period

:0£ only '30

to

45 days',e it', ;isftH

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t' 'that

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some ar< '" '"

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rangement could "be' worked' out to, pr-ovLd e them\'< time, they -cou Id be reassigned' Airli.ft ,available -fo'r deployment for'o'tb:~r' ~,' dut;:Y•

'A'ft~r
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:this
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The 'pres'ent eniS'i'gency C-54 eq1,livalent discussions imately sorties

plan' calls

for approximately Staff

360

to be accomp l Lsned by E+3.


Lnd rca t e ' that

w'ithMATS'

they' can prov i de approx-

2:60 during

tbis period,"

We ar e tllereiore deficit

examining
can be
bomber

the' s I tua ti'on' ttl' determine made up by using force B-29so


,'

how much of this

Use. of' the re~ativelysmall


thispe~iod

for. ai.rl~ft"during reasons:<t .'

Ls 'undesira.ble

for many

obviou,s

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An exercise uled will
four

1
is scbedwhieh for the fi~st

for June .. MATS Will permit


days. us to exercise

,~~

designed

to test .8AC-:MATS mobility

provide 126 C-54 equivalents, movements scheduled

Electronics

Counter

Measures."
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The pr es errt war p la n c:alls for e Lec.tr-on rc Ja~ers. atiomf,c 'earri.ers luting We plan
to

the

use

of Chaff support
.'

and,

use B-:-29s to

the
!,
'

by strengthening

our ECMeffo;rt

and by'di:

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enemy,defense~. Our preae~t

I:

ECM c~pability
,

.is about
.
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35%'effective.
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This

cond Lud on is of Chaff automatic

due to is

a shortage

of electronic
•. -

·_jammer.S'1 a type

that

not ai"t'ogether

sU,itable, 'and the,

fa..ct :.,.0
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that'

o'

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Cha f f' d Lspens er s are from

not 'yet ip~tal·1ed.s<? that t hoy


compa r tmentia ,
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can be operated

pressurized

Steps
.._ ~.

have"'

!I

been taken
be required

to improve

"the ove.ra.Ll ECM picture.

but months will


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Lmpz-ovemerrt, ilers'Onnel
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Maintenance
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the com~and is

fully

manned

- bod~-wise

- we

are not -100% effectively


Ce rt a Ln cl'~tical

manned,
shortages. continue to hamper opez-a t.Lons ,

the most cri tLca L being electronics'


.. t

ma t.nt.enance personnel.
a'litt.le ~verpne
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In thi~, ca t egor y, t.he command is manned.


.-

half

~,teps
• ,

have 'b~en ·taken


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to
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train

"out al~, pr es en t pe r>

sonnel 'shprtages, plet,ely, fi],led


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un:tl1'
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however,
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some, categories

'will not

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be conr- ,

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'Fhe last

t1soft~$'l1otU Pita teriel. is

In January Vie presented to the Ai:r Staff the major en ....


. ginee~ing and supply problems which then conf~onted
""~

us in the

'conversion of our units to new types of aircraft.


ficiericies
t ..

These deII

were consolidated at that

in'these two document s


time

Some of

the probl.ems presented, paz-tLaLl.y 'solved;

have jsf.nce been solved


many

or us.

however,

there

are 'still'

confronting
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A" few 'of our, major' engineering


In connection

problems have been; , and the

with the 8-50', major engineering'

maintenance difficulties
,
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have beenencount'ered

'With

't.ur bo' supez-chaxger-s and the' 'e;tectricalsystem.

With the B-36', the ·maj:or::dtdicienc'fes."


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fall
0

in four

11) add.i tn.on we have iva.r Lous items l;i.mitip,_g operations with B-29, "KS':'29,
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F-86 support

and

F-84'.aircr-aft".:

,,""'.
al-

Our supply

problems"

have'

not be en' greatly

levia ted s Lnce:,t he J anua r y , pres"ent'a t Lon:. We ar'e . s t'i 11 plagued


with an" exoeas Lve number o f B-50 a.nd :B...:36· ritfc'ai spares, c seri'ous
• 0 ,,'

lack; of currerit supply and'~ma"iritenance publications shortages

and criticai

o~'peFsonnel'and

survival

equipment •

Th~sesupply
'factory

d e f Lc i.enc Lee , .of cour se l' add up to an unsa tisi~sofar as supply'support me emp~asize that f~cing is concerneda

situatio~

In closing,let covered

I, have by no m,?,ans There" ar-e cQv~:t;'ed.

all the problems

the Command.

many others

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'agencies., .
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ma:y

I emphasize

that

I have • discusse,d •....u·

only those up "

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P.eficiencies(. which' fac'eus today. . h:l.s atOIp.ic c.apability,


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As the enemy builds


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the mission 'of' the Command, and its

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, .. . ability to execute its miSsion, will be basically aff~cted.

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this

part

of

.t~e p~e$enta tion ~

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