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Memorandum for General Arnold
August 13, 1942 Washington, D.C.
I am becoming increasingly concerned about our current difficulties in maintaining a flow of loss replacements (equipment and combat crews) to our active theatres. I believe we should adhere to a policy that actual maintenance in the theatre of the striking power of our units in contact with the enemy must be given first priority.
I appreciate the importance of creating new units in accordance with the schedule to which we have committed ourselves. However, in view of the heavy operational losses in prospect, do you not think that we should now resurvey the situation, and if necessary, provide for loss replacements by reducing the activation rate of Air Force units?
Please let me have your reactions on this matter.1
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), Project Decimal File 1941-43, 452.1, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Arnold agreed with Marshall and sent a chart showing replacements of airplanes and personnel that had been sent to the various theaters from the first of May and those scheduled to go through the month of September. This indicated a steadily increasing number and “the results of an approved plan which should enable us to meet requirements. We could not make out such a schedule before due to unplanned demands made from all directions.” (Arnold Memorandum for General Marshall, August 15, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, Project Decimal File 1941-43, 452.1].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 299-300.