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Ground force proponents feared that the new bombers were more suited to interdiction bombing and that they would not be capable of hitting targets in close proximity to friendly troops. Maj. Gen. Innis P. Swift, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division in 1942, forwarded a design proposal that was symbolic of the dream of all ground commanders. The proposed aircraft matched all the needs of a weapons-carrying ground support aircraft: long loitering capability, armor protection against ground weapons, and ability to carry a suitable number of weapons and munitions.

Members of an air support board met in December 1942 to suggest revisions, but the Army Air Forces and Army Ground Forces members argued to delay publication of an updated air support manual until differing concepts were more fully tested in combat. 42 23 An additional issue was whether doctrine written by the headquarters staff in 1942 could be disseminated to the field in time to educate and convince regimental, brigade, division, and corps ground commanders, as well as the air commanders of the squadrons, groups, and air commands.

S. Arm y, 1950), pp. 132-46. 10. , The Army Air Forces in World War II, 7 vols. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 194&-5&), vol. I, Plans and Early Operations, January 1939 to Au ust 1942 (194&), p. 104; Futrell, Ideas, p. 49; H. H. - 1 41 11. Craven and Cate, Plans and Early Operations, 1:104; Arnold, Global Mission, pp. 177-80; Maj Gen L. S. Kuter, "Organization of Top Echelons in World War II" (Lecture delivered at War College, February 28, 1949), pp. 2-6 (hereafter cited as Kuter Lecture), USAFHRC Microfilm Collection,MAFB.

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