By John F Kreis
From the earliest improvement of strive against aviation, the protection and endured working potency of confirmed bases assured the winning software of air energy in smooth army campaigns. the standards affecting this defense are many and sundry. they're explored intimately during this choice of reviews drawn from American and overseas adventure courting from global conflict I to the Arab-Israeli clash of 1973. John F. Kreis accomplished this quantity whereas assigned to the targeted stories department, workplace of Air strength heritage. A graduate of Williamette collage, Mr. Kreis additionally earned a grasp of Arts measure in heritage in 1975 on the college of Delaware. As an Air strength officer he really expert in air base defense and safeguard. As a part of his training for paintings during this box, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of research nationwide Academy at Quantico, Virginia
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5 Air doctrine was young and air commanders were under great pressure to protect the ground combat arms. The psychological effect of air attacks upon ground troops served to increase the clamor for cover on all sides. At the same time, there was no significant collection of air experience that could adequately support or deny most arguments and the opposing claims greatly taxed air resources during the war. 2 Airdrome defenses varied from base to base but, in general, benefited from both technical and practical improvements by war's end.
Chapman insisted on revisions to the list of American aerodromes needing protection. 25 On June 1, General Shipman requested that the AEF's Headquarters approve air defense artillery for Ourches, Colombey-les-Belles, and Orly airfields, all of which were exposed to aerial bombardment. The AEF's Chief of Staff approved the request on June 8. Shipman's antiaircraft schemes, however, continued to be hampered by shortages of guns, inexperienced staff personnel, and slow training of gunners. As a result, antiaircraft artillery protection could not be organized for locations farther behind the front than Is-sur-Tille, about thirty miles north of Dijon and some eighty miles from the lines.
Kirby believed that pursuit aircraft should not be wasted in individual combat, but should protect army corps and bombers while antiaircraft complemented the effort by protecting operational air forces over friendly territory. Al18 WORLD WAR I Lt. Douglas Campbell of the 94th attacks a German Pfalz DIII, which crashed on the Toul aerodrome moments later. British aviation artist Frank Wooton commemorated the event in this painting. Hamady. S. 33 Maj. Harold E. Hartney, wartime commander of the 1st Pursuit Group, reached conclusions similar to Kirby's.