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Wings at War: The AAF in the Invasion of Southern France

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Wings at War: The AAF in the Invasion of Southern France
  • Wings at War No. 1
    • Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Washington, D.C., 1945
      • Center for Air Force History, Washington, D.C., 1992
        • 72 pages
        • 11 photos
        • 1 cover illustration
        • 7 maps
  • Free PDF download
This work tells how the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, under the command of Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker, supported the Allied airborne and amphibious assault designed to undercut German defenses in Occupied France. In this invasion—the fourth major one in three months—American air power overwhelmed the meager enemy forces and diverted attention from the north, helping to topple German control in Vichy. Air operations persistently found, fixed, and fought occupying German forces, preventing their orderly withdrawal, greatly easing the way for Allied invasion forces.
     Originally published shortly after key air campaigns, the Wings at War series captured the spirit and tone of America's World War II experience. Eyewitness accounts of Army Air Forces' aviators and details from the official histories enlivened the story behind each of six important AAF operations.
  • Foreword

  • The Invasion of Southern France

    • Pre-Invasion Situation

    • Intention

    • Planning

    • Build-Up

      • Supplies—Corsica

      • Airdrome Construction—Corsica

      • Signals

  • Operations

    • Operations During the Second Week

  • Air Operations

    • German Air Force

    • Interdiction

    • Movement to France

    • Anti-Radar Attacks

    • Troop Carrier

  • The Airborne Operation

    • Organization

      • Airborne Elements

      • Troop Carrier Elements

      • Concentration of Units

    • Planning

    • Pre-Operation Planning

    • The Operation

    • Ground Activities

    • Statistics

    • Summary

  • Mapping and Reconnaissance

  • The Air Command Post Afloat

    • Control of TAC/R and Fighter-Bomber Missions

    • Furnishing Information on Movements and Status of Aircraft

    • Stand-by for Fighter Direction

      • Filter

        • Naval Radar Guard Net

        • Ground Control Intercept Reporting

        • Track Broadcast

    • Control of Defensive Patrols

  • Summary of MASAF Operations

    • Communications

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