The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan: A Memoir

Haywood S. Hansell, Jr.
Major General, USAF, Retired


Office of Air Force History
United States Air Force
Washington, D.C., 1986

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Hansell, Haywood S. 1. Hansell, Haywood S. 2. World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American. 3. Japan--History--Bombardment, 1944-1945. 4. Germany--History--Bombardment, 1940-1945. 5. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American, 6. Strategy. 7. Japan--Strategic aspects. 8. Germany--Strategic aspects. I. Title. II. Series.
D790.H264 1986 940.54'4973'0924 [B} 86-23749
ISBN 0-912799-39-0


Project Warrior Studies are published by the Office of Air Force History. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the United States Air Force or the Department of Defense.


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Washington, D.C. 20402



Foreword v
Preface vii
Acknowledgments x
The Author
I. Integrating Strategy, Air Doctrine, and War Plans 1
II. Planning the Strategic Air War for Europe 43
III. Execution and Evaluation 83
IV. Planning the Strategic Air War Against Japan 135
V. Early Operations 175
VI. Other Operations 205
VII. Summing Up 259
Appendix The German Electric Power Complex as a Target System 275
Glossary 287
Bibliographic Note 295
Index 297
Maj. Gen. Haywood S. Hansell, Jr. xviii
Robert Olds; Donald Wilson; Muir Fairchild; Harold L. George 8
Maps and Charts
Planned Air Offensive Against Germany (AWPD-1) 36

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