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Into the Huntingdon area and adjacent sections of East Anglia went the army air forces' heavy bombers, and the airdromes of Grafton Underwood, Thurleigh, Molesworth, Little Straughton, Kimbolton, Polebrook, Chelveston, and Podington became the "veterans" of VIII Bomber Command. There is ample evidence of the outstanding cooperation afforded the American bombing organization by our British allies. In General Eaker's report of June 19, 1942, to General Spaatz, he wrote of the British that they had "cooperated 100 per cent in every regard.

The invasion of North Africa in the autumn of 1942 had been decided upon in luly, and this new venture, designated as TORCH, led to the further diversion of the air build-up that had been planned for BOLERO. Thus the aspirations of the army air forces for an early high levels as BLACK THURSDAY 8 and growing assault against Germany, from their very inception, had to suffer from the more pressing demands of areas where sea and ground forces, as well as those of the air, were engaged or would be soon engaged with the enemy.

The Flying Fortress was an aerial porcupine of sorely questioned ability; no less so was its sister craft, the B-24 Liberator. The British made no attempt to conceal their feelings about these two bombers; bluntly they informed the American commanders that then: daylight attacks were doomed to catastrophic losses and defeat at the hands of the powerful German defense system. The Germans had tried daylight bombing against England, and been shattered in the attempt; BLACK THURSDAY 12 the British had attacked European targets in daylight, and suffered appalling losses both from German fighters and from anti-aircraft.

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