During World War II, "Tooey" Spaatz directed tactical air operations in the North African and Sicilian campaigns, took over U.S. strategic air forces in Europe until the German surrender, then directed the final strategic bombing of Japan.
In 1947, he became the first chief of staff of the newly independent Air Force. A quiet, unpretentious man, Spaatz was not a colorful figure but he was a first-class military leader and organizer.
"...required reading for those who know, or would like to know, the way things were in the Air Force of yesterday." --Air Force Magazine
General Carl Spaatz...
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08 Dec 43: Spaatz becomes chief of US strategic Air Forces in Europe
05 Mar 44: Spaatz issues the "Oil Plan" to attack German facilities
12 May 44: 8th AF begins implementing "Oil Plan" bombing