Carl Spaatz Interview Details July 24, 1959



Summary of Topics Covered:

Gen. Spaatz describes Gen. Marshall’s role in the development of the early Air Force having served in Special Duty to Gen. Andrews in the expansion of the Air Force. He describes his time in England as commander of the Air Forces there. Details are given regarding strategic air with Portal and operational control with Eisenhower. Spaatz describes the positive aspects of daylight bombing over Germany and describes being with Generals Handy and Marshall when the decision was made to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. He was adamant about having a written statement from the two generals so he could tell both MacArthur and Nimitz.


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