20th Fighter Group by Ron MacKay, Don Greer

By Ron MacKay, Don Greer

The twentieth Fighter workforce joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy variety bomber escort function. the gang later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the crowd destroyed a complete of 449 enemy plane in the course of its strive against journey. Over a hundred and fifty images, eight pages of colour, eighty pages

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20th Fighter Group

The twentieth Fighter workforce joined the eighth Air strength Command in Dec of '43, flying the P-38 in lengthy diversity bomber escort function. the gang later switched over to the P-51 in July of '44. the gang destroyed a complete of 449 enemy airplane in the course of its strive against travel. Over a hundred and fifty images, eight pages of colour, eighty pages

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21 Nimitz pointed out to MacArthur that with an adequate rest period before Mindoro the Third Fleet could return to Philippine waters to neutralize Japanese air power on Luzon for a considerable period. Without such rest, the fleet's operations would be so limited in scope that it simply could not meet MacArthur's requirements for carrier-based air support. Nimitz, accordingly, also recommended that the Mindoro and 20 Rad, MacArthur to Nimitz and Marshall, CAX- 11669, 15 Nov 44, CM-IN 16704; Rad, MacArthur to Kinkaid, Halsey, and Nimitz, CX-54038, 27 Nov 44, CM-IN 7958; Rad, Halsey to Nimitz, 0400 29 Nov 44, CM-IN 29593.

He wanted to go to Luzon and bypass Formosa in favor of seizing Okinawa. In this connection Halsey relates a classic story concerning a discussion between his chief of staff, Vice Adm. Robert B. Carney, and Admiral King. "21 Most of the other senior Army and Navy officers on duty in the Pacific also favored the Luzon-first strategy and advocated bypassing Formosa. Lt. Gen. Robert C. S. Army Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas, strongly advised against Formosa. So, too, did MacArthur's air commander, Lt.

The Washington planners, however, had to give careful consideration to many factors other than ideal strategy. Study of these factors brought the Luzon versus Formosa debate to a climax in late September 1944. Tactical and Logistical Problems Perhaps the most influential event helping to precipitate the climax was a drastic change in the target date for the initial invasion of the Philippines. Until mid-September 1944, General MacArthur's plans had called for the first 22 for Marshall), and related sources in OPD 384 PaRitchie Notes for Marshall; George C.

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