An airman’s war with the US Navy


Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy: The Interwar Rivalry Over Air Power. By Thomas Wildenberg. Published by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD, 2013.

Reviewed by Dr Gregory P Gilbert

THE more Mitchell crusaded for an independent air service, the more radical he became …. He became impatient with those who disagreed with him and he believed that Army and Navy brass who opposed him conspired to protect their privileges and authority.
– unnamed source quoted in Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy, p. 186

US World War I Army Air Service general William ‘Billy’ Mitchell remains a highly controversial figure. Some biographers have portrayed him as the founder of the US Air Force (actually formed in 1947) and the creator of strategic bombing.

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