BLUFWilliamson Murray reviews the book 'Whirlwind the Air War against Japan, 1942–1945'.
Murray notes that Tillman the author of Whirlwind makes the following points:
- Air Power in the Pacific involved the Army Air Forces, the Navy and Marines.
- The strategic bombing campaign of the Japanese Home Islands depended on an island-hopping campaign.
- The air and naval battles around Guadalcanal, the Solomons and New Guinea allowed the air campaign against Japan itself.
- Lt. Gen. George Kenney, Fifth Air Force leader, was among WW II's more innovative and imaginative airmen.
- The US Navy's massive force of fast carriers was vital in providing air cover during land operations against Japanese held islands.
- Initial use of the B-29 Superfortress failed, forcing a change of tactics to night-time firebombing raids that ultimately devastated Tokyo.
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