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To General Carl Spaatz
May 8, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.
Personal for Spaatz from Marshall.
Please accept for yourself, your commanders, and the officers and men of the Eighth Air Force my congratulations on the magnificent work of the Air Forces from the day the strategical daylight bombing of Germany was initiated until the final hour of the German collapse. You have made a great and historic contribution to the victory. I can only regret that those men who lost their lives in bearing the heaviest burden of the fight in the early days of the operations cannot be with us to enjoy the triumph of this day.
My personal thanks go to you and your staff and principal commanders for the splendid manner in which the air campaign has been conducted.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. For Marshall’s earlier praise of the Eighth Air Force, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-202 [4: 237].
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 174.