Air Interdiction In World War II, Korea and Vietnam by Earle E. Partridge

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In Operation Strangle, Allied bombers pounded the Italian transportation system, attempting to cut the flow of supplies to the Italian front. Right: Railroad yards at Pisa, Italy were twisted and mangled by Allied bombs. Below: Ships and port facilities at Naples took direct hits from the Fifteenth Air Force. 35 Major General I"artridge, FEAF Commander, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Laurence C. Craigie, pose for photographers beside a wing-tip fuel tank, especially developed for the F-80. 44 AIR INTERDICTION , %%~,,~,""~ An F-80 Shooting Star takes off for a mission fuel tanks on the wings Partridge: give the aircraft over Korea, additional combat December 1950, The enlarged range.

35 Major General I"artridge, FEAF Commander, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Laurence C. Craigie, pose for photographers beside a wing-tip fuel tank, especially developed for the F-80. 44 AIR INTERDICTION , %%~,,~,""~ An F-80 Shooting Star takes off for a mission fuel tanks on the wings Partridge: give the aircraft over Korea, additional combat December 1950, The enlarged range. We more or less continued what we did in Europe. We did reasonably well in the daytime, then the enemy started operating on roads, bridges, and so on at night.

The B-26, for example, had its forward guns fixed. You fire off a blast, and you lost your night vision for quite awhile. We finally worked out a system by which we used C-47s to drop flares, and the B-26s would make attacks under the flares, which wasn't quite so bad. Smart: But you still suffered from the blindness of the blast of the guns to a degree Partridge: Smart: Yes, to a degree I arrived in Korea after the war had been going on for seventeen or eighteen months. The lines had more or less stabilized, and we were trying to talk the North Koreans into an armistice.

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