By Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston
AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE: common HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD'S international warfare II DIARIES, quantity 2
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At the same time, although the conference confidently stated that there were sufficient airplanes to meet worldwide requirements, Hap knew there would be additional demands for aircraft to implement the Trident decisions, including air assets in Italy, increased Hump tonnage, the Ploesti attack, and air support for Pacific operations. If there were still those in the AAF (earlier, this had included Arnold) who felt that bombing alone could compel Germany to end the war, Trident’s embracement of the CBO plan demolished that thinking.
Edwards and Ordway went with me. 113 Also told him that I wouldn’t return via North Africa. 116 It was a good show, excellent dinner, a movie of me in which the words and sounds did not synchronize with movement of mouth. Sometimes mouth moved, no words, and sometimes mouth closed and lots of words. Gave them a talk, home and talked until 12:00 with Harris and Swinton. Harris against single command for strategic bombers, main reason is that CAS would lose control. 117 Sunday, September 5, 1943 [England] Up at 8:00, breakfast at 8:30, all present.
49 Hap’s letter to Maj Gen Davenport Johnson, a long-time pilot and fellow West Pointer whom he had relieved as CG of Second Air Force, revealed some of his thinking—and even anguish—in this critical period: “It is awfully hard in cases like this not to allow the personal element to enter into it. . As you know, you are all friends of mine and I like you all, and in addition, I am not naturally at heart an SOB. I am trying my damndest to get this war over in the shortest space of time so that we can all go back to a normal way of living.
American Air Power Comes of Age: General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World War II Diaries, Vol. 2 by Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston