Title page for ETD etd-11072008-063613
|Type of Document
||Laine, Howard David
||Awpd-1 :America's Pre-World War Ii Plan for Bombing Germany
||Master of Arts
|O'Donnell, J. Dean Jr.
|Adriance, Thomas J.
|Lux, David S.
|Date of Defense
This thesis shows how the first plan of the Air War Plans Division
(AWPD-l) became the most important document in the development of
American strategic bombing doctrine in World War II. This plan was not only
the first in the Air War Plans Division. but it was the first of its kind in the world.
Beyond the history and importance of the plan itself, this study testifies to the
success of a handful of dedicated airmen who believed in the power of a strong
air force. General Henry H. Arnold deserves tribute for having had the wisdom
and foresight to pick a former Air Corps Tactical School (ACTS) instructor to
head the AWPD. Finally, the unofficial acceptance of AWPD-l was a triumph
for the ACTS itself. Significantly, all four officers ultimately responsible for
completing A WPD-l had been instructors at the ACTS.
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