Europe: Coalition Air Power Strategy in World War II


July  2002

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Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL

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BOOKS

The Air Battle of Ploesti; Written in the Skies over Roumania by the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force and 205 Group (RAF) Between 5 April and 19 August 1944. S.l., 941st Engineering Battalion, 1945. 108 p.
Book call no.: R 940.544 A2981 (Atlas stand 4)

Andrews, Allen. The Air Marshals: The Air War in Western Europe. New York, William Morrow, 1970. 299 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 A565a

Bailey, Ronald H. The Air War in Europe. Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, 1979. 208 p.
Book call no.: 940.5421 B155a

Bendiner, Elmer. The Fall of Fortresses: A Personal Account of the Most Daring, and Deadly, American Air Battles of World War II. New York, Putnam, 1980. 258 p.
Book call no.: 940.5421 B458f

Bidinian, Larry J. The Combined Allied Bombing Offensive Against the German Civilian, 1942-1945. Lawrence, KS, Coronado Press, 1976. 284 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 B585c

Boyne, Walter J. Clash of Wings: Air Power in World War II. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1994. 415 p.
Round-the-Clock Bombing, pp 282-320. 
Air Superiority Lost, Then Won, pp 321-357.
Book call no.: 940.544 B7921c

Bradley, Omar Nelson. Effect of Air Power on Military Operations, Western Europe. Wiesbaden, s.n., 1945. 240 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 B811e

Caidin, Martin. Black Thursday. New York, Dutton, 1960. 320 p.
On the bombardment of Schweinfurt.
Book call no.: 940.5442 C133b

Carter, Kit C. and Mueller, Robert. The Army Air Forces in World War II: Combat Chronology, 1941-1945. Maxwell AFB, AL, Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, Air University, 1973. 991 p.
Reprinted by the Center for Air Force History in 1991 with title:Combat Chronology, 1941-1945: U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
Book call no.: 940.544973 A333a

Coffey, Thomas M. Decision over Schweinfurt: The U.S. 8th Air Force Battle for Daylight Bombing. New York, D. Mckay Co., 1977. 373 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 C674d

Copp, DeWitt S. Forged in Fire: Strategy and Decisions in the Air War over Europe, 1940-45. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1982. 531 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 C785f

Crane, Conrad C. Bombs, Cities and Civilians: American Airpower Strategy in World War II. Lawrence, University Press of Kansas, 1993. 208 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 C891b

Daniels, Gordon, ed. A Guide to the Reports of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey: I, Europe; II, The Pacific. London, Offices of the Royal Historical Society, 1981. 115 p.
Book call no.: R 016.940544973 G946

Davis, Richard G. Carl A. Spaatz and the Air War in Europe. Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1993. 808 p.
Book call no.: 92 S7321d

Dugan, James. Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943. New York, Random House, 1962. 407 p.
Book call no.: 940.542 D866p

Foreman, John. Over the Beaches: The Air War over Normandy and Europe 1st-30th June 1944. Walton-on-Thames, England, Air Research, 1994. 338 p.
Book call no.: 940.5421 F715o

Frankland, Noble. Bomber Offensive: The Devastation of Europe. New York, Ballantine Books, 1970. 160 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 F831ba

Frankland, Noble. The Bombing Offensive Against Germany: Outlines and Perspectives. London, Faber and Faber, 1965. 128 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 F831b

Freeman, Roger Anthony. The Mighty Eighth: Units, Men, and Machines--A History of the US 8th Army Air Force. New York, Orion Books, 1989. 311 p.
Includes several chapters that refer to the strategy, execution, and results of various aerial operations over Europe.
Book call no.: 940.544 F855m 1989

Fuller, J. F. C. The Second World War, 1939-1945: A Strategical and Tactical History. New York, Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1954. 431 p.
Establishment of Allied Initiative in the West, pp 220-259. 
Initiative of the Two Fronts, pp 260-320.
Book call no.: 940.53 F966s 1954

Futrell, Robert F. Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine. Volume 1, Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, 1907-1960. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1989. 665 p.
Air Force Thinking and World War II, pp 127-189.
Book call no.: 358.0973 A298i 1989 v.1

Gooderson, Ian. Air Power at the Battlefront : Allied Close Air Support in Europe, 1943-45. Portland, OR, F. Cass, 1998. 282 p.
Book call no.: 940.54 G649a

Grand Strategy. London, H.M. Stationery Office, 1956-1976. 6 vols. in 7.
Book call no.: 940.542 H673a

Greenfield, Kent Roberts. American Strategy in World War II: A Reconsideration. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1979. 145 p.
Book call no.: 940.54012 G812a 1978

Hammel, Eric M. Air War Europa: America's Air War Against Germany in Europe and North Africa, 1942-1945: Chronology. Pacifica, CA, Pacifica Press, 1994. 571 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 H224aa

Hansell, Haywood S., Jr. The Air Plan That Defeated Hitler. Atlanta, GA, Higgins-McArthur/Longino & Porter, 1972. 311 p.
Book call no.: 940.5442 H249a

Hansell, Haywood S., Jr. The Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan: A Memoir. Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1986. 300 p.
Integrating Strategy, Air Doctrine, and War Plans, pp 1-41. 
Planning the Strategic Air War for Europe, pp 43-82.
Book call no.: 940.544973 H249sa

Harris, Arthur Travers. Bomber Offensive. Novato, CA, Presidio Press, 1990. 288 p.
Book call no.: 940.544942 H31b 1990

Harvey, Maurice. The Allied Bomber War 1939-45. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, Spellmount, 1992. 207 p.
Laying a New Foundation--1942, pp 104-126.
Gathering Momentum--False Dawn--1943, pp 127-165.
Book call no.: 940.544 H342a

Hawkins, Ian. The Munster Raid: Bloody Skies over Germany. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, AERO, 1990. 400 p.
Book call no.: 940.54213 H393m

Hughes, Thomas A. Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II. New York, Free Press, 1995. 380 p.
Book call no.: 940.54214 H894o

Infield, Glenn B. Big Week: The Classic Story of the Crucial Air Battle of WWII. Washington, Brassey's, 1993. 125 p.
Offers information not only on Big Week (Feb. 20-24, 1944) but also includes separate chapters on the air strategy, planning, and results prior to 1944.
Book call no.: 940.5421 I43b

Jablonski, Edward. Double Strike: The Epic Air Raids on Regensburg-Schweinfurt, August 17, 1943. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1974. 271 p.
Book call no.: 940.5442 J11d

James, D. Clayton and Wells, Anne Sharp. A Time for Giants: Politics of the American High Command in World War II. New York, Franklin Watts, 1987. 317 p.
Committed to Strategic Air Power: Spaatz, pp 97-104.
Book call no.: 940.540973 J27t

Kennett, Lee B. A History of Strategic Bombing. New York, Scribner, 1982. 222 p.
Book call no.: 358.41409 K36h

Kuhl, George C. Wrong Place! Wrong Time! The 305th Bomb Group & 2nd Schweinfurt Raid. Atglen, PA, Schiffer Pub., 1993. 304 p.
Book call no.: 940.542143 K96w

Levine, Alan J. The Strategic Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945. New York, Praeger, 1992. 235 p.
Book call no.: 940.5442 L665s

MacIsaac, David. Strategic Bombing in World War Two: The Story of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. New York, Garland Pub. Co., 1976. 231 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 M152s

McFarland, Stephen L. America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 1910-1945. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995. 312 p.
Daylight Precision Strategic Bombing Against Germany, pp 165-190.
Book call no.: 358.420973 M143a

McFarland, Stephen L. and Newton, Wesley Phillips. To Command the Sky: The Battle for Air Superiority over Germany, 1942-1944. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991. 328 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 M143t

Messenger, Charles. "Bomber" Harris & the Strategic Bombing Offensive, 1939-1945. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1984. 244 p.
Book call no.: 940.544941 M584b

Middlebrook, Martin. The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission. New York, Scribner, 1983. 363 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 M627s

Momyer, William W. Airpower in Three Wars, edited by A.J.C. Lavalle and James C. Gaston. Washington, Dept. of the Air Force, 1978. 358 p.
Book call no.: 358.4 M733a

Morrison, Wilbur H. Fortress Without a Roof: The Allied Bombing of the Third Reich. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1982. 322 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 M883f

Nalty, Bernard C. and Berger, Carl. The Men Who Bombed the Third Reich. New York, Elsevier-Dutton, 1978. 184 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 N173m

Newby, Leroy W. Into the Guns of Ploesti. Osceola, WI, Motorbooks International, 1991. 192 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 N535i

Newby, Leroy W. Target Ploesti: View from a Bombsight. Novato, CA, Presidio, c1983. 253 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 N535t

Overy, R. J. The Air War, 1939-1945. Chelsea, MI, Scarborough House, 1991. 263 p.
Strategic Bombing Offensives, pp 102-126.
Book call no.: 940.544 O96a 1991

Paret, Peter, ed. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1986. 941 p.
Allied Strategy in Europe, 1939-1945, by Maurice Matloff, pp 677-702.
Book call no.: 355.02 M235 1986

Partridge, Earle E. Air Interdiction in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam: An Interview with Earle E. Partridge, Jacob E. Smart and John W. Vogt, Jr.. Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1986. 105 p.
Book call no.: 358.4142 P275a

Perret, Geoffrey. Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II. New York, Random House, 1993. 549 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 P455w

Rostow, W. W. Pre-invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower's Decision of March 25, 1944. Austin, University of Texas Press, 1981. 166 p.
Book call no.: 940.5442 R839p

Rumpf, Hans. The Bombing of Germany. London, Frederick Muller Ltd., 1963. 256 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 R937b

Saundby, Robert H. Air Bombardment: The Story of Its Development. New York, Harper, 1961. 259 p.
The Second World War: Preparation, pp 71-141. 
The Second World War: Fulfillment, pp 145-205.
Book call no.: 358.4009 S257a

Saward, Dudley. Victory Denied: The Rise of Air Power and the Defeat of Germany, 1920-45. New York, Franklin Watts, 1987. 376 p.
The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany, pp 227-363.
Book call no.: 940.544943 S271v

Schaffer, Ronald. Wings of Judgment; American Bombing in World War II. New York, Oxford University Press, 1985. 272 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 S296w

Sherry, Michael S. The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1987. 435 p.
The Sociology of Air War, pp 177-218.
Book call no.: 358.400973 S553r

Sunderman, James F. World War II in the Air. Volume 2, Europe. New York, Franklin Watts, 1963. 345 p.
The Strategic Air Offensive: A Flaming Year, pp 170-247.
Book call no.: 940.544 S958w v.2

Ulanoff, Stanley M., ed. Bombs Away! True Stories of Strategic Airpower from World War I to the Present. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1971. 540 p.
World War II--Europe, pp 87-307.
Book call no.: 358.4 U36b

United States. Army Air Forces. ULTRA and the History of the United States Strategic Air Force in Europe vs the German Air Force. Frederick, MD, University Publications of America, 1980. 205 p.
Book call no.: 940.548673 U58u

United States Strategic Bombing Survey. Over-All Report (European War). Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 1945. 109 p.
Book call no.: 940.53 U58re no.2

United States Strategic Bombing Survey. Reports, European War. Washington, n.p., 1945-1947. 208 no. in 217 vols.
Book call no.: 940.53 U58re

United States Strategic Bombing Survey. Statistical Appendix to Over-All Report (European War). Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 1947. 166 p.
Offers statistical tables on a summary of the bombing effort, personnel engaged, specific target statistics on aircraft factories, oil, industrial areas, German aircraft losses, etc.
Book call no.: 940.53 U58re no.2a

United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The United States Strategic Bombing Survey. New York, Garland Pub., 1976. 10 vols.
Book call no.: R 940.53 S898u

United States. USAF Historical Division. The Army Air Forces in World War II. Volume 2, Europe: Torch to Pointblank, August 1942 to December 1943. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1948-1958. 8 vols.
Book call no.: 940.544973 A741 v.2

Verrier, Anthony. The Bomber Offensive. Rev. ed. London, Pan Books, 1974. 392 p.
Book call no.: 940.544 V554b 1974

Webster, Charles and Frankland, Noble. The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany, 1939-1945. London, H.M. Stationery Office, 1961. 4 vols. (History of the Second World War--United Kingdom military series)
Book call no.: 940.542 H673 v.7

Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War . New York, Macmillan, 1973. 584 p.
The Strategic Tradition of U.S. Grant: Strategists of the European War, pp 312-359.
Book call no.: 355.0973 W418a

Zijlstra, Gerrit. Diary of an Air War. New York, Vantage Press, 1977. 487 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 Z68d

DOCUMENTS

Boatwright, James E. Ploesti--A Framework for Discussion. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1984. 40 p. (Research report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 B6621p

The Combined Air Offensive Against the German Oil Industry. S.l., s.n., 1945. 9 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 33825

The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1 January to 5 June 1944. S.l., s.n., 1947. 316 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.122

The Combined Bomber Offensive, April Through December 1943. S.l., s.n., 1946. 219 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.119

Crowder, George E. Pointblank: A Strategic and National Security Decision Making Analysis of the World War II Combined Bomber Offensive. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, Air University, 1991. 24 p. (Defense analytical study)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 C953p

The Early Operations of the Eighth Air Force and the Origins of Combined Bomber Offensive. S.l., s.n, 1946. 356 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.118

Fabyanic, Thomas A. A Critique of United States Air War Planning, 1941-1944. St. Louis, 1973. 218 p. (Thesis (Ph.D.)--Saint Louis University)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-18

Griffith, Thomas J. An Application of the Principles of War to the Schweinfurt Raids on 17 August 1943 and 14 October 1943. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1984. 58 p. (Research report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 G854a

Harrell, William, Jr. Air Campaign Central Europe: Comparative Analysis Between World War II and the Present. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, Air University, 1989. 60 p. (Defense analytical study)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 H296a

Kimsey, Harvey L. The Strategic Air Offensive Against Germany--1939 to 1945. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, Air University, 1976. 86 p. (Professional study)
Doc. call no.: M-U 32983 K494s

Moseley, William E. Air Power in Europe during World War II, 1941-1945. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, Air University, 1995. 45 p. (Research report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 M898a

Ploesti: Mediterranean Allied Strategic Air Force, U.S. Fifteenth, 205 Group R.A.F., Summary of Operations, Results and Tactical Problems Involved in 24 Attacks Between 5 April-19 August '44. S.l., s.n., 1944. 13 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 16680

The Ploesti Mission of 1 August 1943. S.l., s.n., 1944. 191 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.103

Poole, Thomas B. The Effects of Interdiction in World War II: The European Theater of Operation. Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1984. 80 p. (Thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 42022 P822e

RAND Corp. Linking Logistics and Operations: A Case Study of World War II Air Power, by J.A. Stockfisch. Santa Monica, CA, 1991. 59 p. (RAND note, N-3200)
Doc. call no.: M-U 30352-53 no.3200

Singleton, Darrell W. Great Warriors--Harris vs Spaatz. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1982. 77 p. (Student report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 S6173g

Sokolewicz, James P. Great Warriors of World War II: Sir Arthur T. Harris and General Carl A. Spaatz. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1985. 45 p. (Student report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 S6831g

Sturdy, Brit M. U.S. Strategic Target Selection of German Resources in WW II. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 1985. 37 p. (Student report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43122 S935u

United States. Army Air Forces. Historical Office. The Combined Bomber Offensive, 1 January to 6 June 1944. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1947. 316 leaves
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218  no.222

United States. Defense Nuclear Agency. Nuclear Targeting Policy Issues for the 90's. Volume VI, Lessons of History: Strategic Air Warfare, World War II. Alexandria, VA, 1991. 37 p. (DNA-TR-90-161-vol.6)
Doc. call no.: M-U 37762-34 no.90-161 vol.6

The War Against the Luftwaffe: AAF Counter-air Operations, April 1943-June 1944. S.l., s.n., 1944. 257 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 27218 no.110

Williams, Charles. The Anglo-American Coalition Airpower Strategy Against Germany in Europe during World War II. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, Air University, 1996. 28 leaves. (Research report)
Doc. call no.: M-U 43117 W722a

Periodicals 

AAF's Tactics and How They Worked. Flying 38:52-74 January 1946.

Barth, A. Strategic Bombing, an Autopsy. Nation 161:546-548 November 24, 1945.

Baur, Eddy. Convergence of Efforts by a Coalition in War. Military Review 38:82-89 July 1958.
Translated and digested from Revue Militaire Generale, April 1957.

Bogardus, Anneke-Jans. Prelude to Operation Overlord: The Air Campaign. Military Review 74:64-66 March 1994.
Also available online at: http://search.ebscohost.com/direct.asp?AN=9605072734

Cameron, William R. Ploesti! Air Force Magazine 54:57-63 August 1971.

Crawford, Kenneth. Insight to Airpower: The Life of General Spaatz. Air Force Policy Letter for Commanders: Supplement No 7:33-38 July 1976.

Davis, Richard G. German Rail Yards and Cities: U.S. Bombing Policy, 1944-45. Air Power History 42:46-63 Summer 1995.

Ellis, Lewis N. Ploesti: A Pilot's Diary. American Heritage 34:76-83 October-November 1983.

Emerson, William. Doctrine and Dogma. Army 13:50-56+ June 1963.
Strategic bombing offensive against Germany in World War II.

Frankland, Noble. Some Reflections on the Strategic Air Offensive, 1939-1945. Royal United Services Institution Journal 107:94-110 May 1962.

Futrell, Robert E. Airpower Lessons of World War II. Air Force and Space Digest 48:42-50+ September 1965.

Higham, Robin. The Ploesti Ploy: British Considerations and the Idea of Bombing the Roumanian Oilfields, 1940-41. War & Society 5:57-71 September 1987.

Joint RAF/USAF Seminar: Part II, Strategic Air Offensive in Europe. Air Power History 38:39-48 Fall 1991.

Lloyd, A. T. Hour Has Come (the start of U.S. strategic bombing operations against the Axis). American Aviation Historical Society Journal 37:41-47 Spring 1992.

Moody, Walton S. Big Week: Gaining Air Superiority over the Luftwaffe. Air Power History 41:14-22 Summer 1994.

Muradian, Vago. Dresden: "One of the Great Ironies" of War. Air Force Times 55:21 February 27, 1995.
Discusses the February 1945 raid on Dresden.

Muradian, Vago and King, Stephanie. Forgotten Air War: How the Air Campaign Cleared the Way for D-Day. Air Force Times 54:10-14 June 6, 1994.

Neillands, Robin. Facts and Myths about Bomber Harris. RUSI Journal 146:69-73 April 2001.
Full text available at: http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=71356063&sid=1&Fmt=4&clientId=417&RQT=309&VName=PQD.

O'Brien, Phillips P. East Versus West in the Defeat of Nazi Germany. Journal of Strategic Studies 23:89-113 June 2000.
Full text available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mth&AN=6904740&site=ehost-live.

Price, Alfred. Against Regensburg and Schweinfurt (in 1943, Eighth Air Force threw a heavy punch at Hitler's Germany). Air Force Magazine 76:48-53 September 1993.

Rust, Kenn C. Out in the Blue: The War Diary of John R. "Killer" Kane. American Aviation Historical Society Journal 28:126-129 Summer 1983.
Pt 4: The Ploesti Mission.

Smith, Malcolm. (Arthur T.) Harris' Offensive in Historical Perspective. RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 130:62-64 June 1985.

Spaatz, Carl A. Air Power in the Atomic Age. Collier's 116:11-12+ December 8, 1945.

Spaatz, Carl A. Strategic Air Power: Fulfillment of a Concept.. Foreign Affairs 24:385-396 April 1946.
Full text available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=14723303&site=ehost-live.

(Spaatz Comments on Question of Effective Command in Strategic Air Warfare). Army, Navy, Air Force Journal 92:520 January 1, 1955.

Stewart, O. Bombing Balance Sheet: Theories, Methods and Tonnage Used in European War. Flying 37:21-23+ September 1945.

Strategic Airpower: Retrospect and Prospect. Strategic Review 19:7-15 Spring 1991.

Whalen, Norman M. Ploesti: Group Navigator's Eye View. Aerospace Historian 23:1-6 Spring/March 1976.

World War II, 1939-45: War in Europe. Air Force 40:147-163 August 1957.

Zuckerman, Lorn. Strategic Bombing and the Defeat of Germany. RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 130:67-70 June 1985.


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