Accession Number : ADA194274

Title :   The Evolution of Long-Range Escort Doctrine in World War II.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Lesher, Lee A

PDF Url : ADA194274

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The United States entered World War II with a doctrine of unescorted bombing because the Army Air Corps planners believed the B-17 was invincible. Early results proved the B-17 was not invincible and a new doctrine was needed. The deployment of the P-51 provided an aircraft that could effectively escort the bombers on long-range missions, and the doctrine was changed to escorted bombing. The study examines how the doctrine was developed initially, how and why it was changed, and the success that was achieved before and after the change.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *STRATEGIC BOMBING, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), FIGHTER BOMBERS

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE