Air Support for Patton's Third Army

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As the United States Third Army's tanks moved through Avranches, no one, not even the Third Army's commander, Lieutenant General George S. Patton, could have foreseen that it was the start of one of the most successful offensives of World War II—an offensive that received a great deal of help from the air. As Patton later wrote to the chief of the Army Air Forces, "For about 250 miles I have seen the calling cards of the fighter-bombers, which are bullet marks in the pavement and burned tanks and trucks in the ditches."

This book covers the units in the Ninth Air Force, which gave close air support to the Third Army, and the Third Army's campaign in France from August to November 1944, with special emphasis on how support from the air helped the Third Army continue pushing toward the German border. The difficult logistics of the operation are discussed in detail: Both the Ninth Air Force and the Third Army were hurt by a lack of materiel, especially gasoline, and this affected the offensive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414659
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/31/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Sullivan served ironically enough in a U.S. Marine Corps aviation unit in World War II. He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Tables, Diagrams, Maps
Preface 1
Introduction 3
1 Breakthrough into Brittany 17
2 The Ninth Air Force 34
3 Close Air Support 42
4 The Drive to the Loire 51
5 Ninth Air Force Engineers, Liaison Operations, Interdiction and Communications 62
6 XV Corps at Argentan 74
7 The Third Army Crosses the Seine 82
8 The Drive to the Meuse 90
9 The Capture of Brest 96
10 Air Supply for Ground Forces 106
11 British Receive Priority for Supplies 112
12 The Drive to the Moselle 121
13 Air Support for the Third Army's Autumn Operations 135
14 The November Offensive 143
15 The Drive to Bastogne 151
16 Evaluations of Air Support for the Third Army 157
Glossary 163
Notes 165
Bibliography 177
Index 181
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