1945 REPORT FROM ARMY AIR FORCE GENERAL ARNOLD

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1945 REPORT FROM ARMY AIR FORCE GENERAL ARNOLD

Fighter pilots and bomber crews may soon have to dodge bullets while they’re in training for combat. A new plastic .30-caliber frangible bullet that breaks up harmlessly upon contact with armor as light as 1/8-inch dural plate was described by Gn. H.H. Arnold, CG AAF, in his second report to the Secretary of War. The bullet is now in the final development stage and its use will be incorporated into all AAF flexible-gunnery training.  Gen. Arnold said he believes firing real bullets at real planes will give the boys in training more incentive for accurate shooting.

Gen. Arnold’s report contained a reminder that large numbers of robot bombs, reconstructed from the Nazis’ V-1 with modifications and improvements, have been ordered for test-firing by the Air Technical Service Command at Wright Field, and that our own models “will soon be available for possible use.”

The CG had a good word for AAF mobile weather stations, such as are operating on the Himalaya Mountains, on the plateaus of central China, in Pacific jungles and in many spots in France and Italy. Wherever possible, such stations are transported on trucks or jeeps, but in the Southwest Pacific weather and communications men, working as a team, have had to lug their equipment onto beachheads on their backs. One of the first mobile weather stations was that landed on the Salerno Beach-head in September 1943.



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General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Force

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  • Bill Getz says:

    Never heard of such “bullets.” Hap Arnold’s son, Bruce, and his wife Barbara, daughter of Donald Douglas, were good friends of my deceased first wife and I. His grandson, Robert, lives nearby and a friend.

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