USAAF Fighters Units MTO 1942-45 (Aircam/Airwar 12)
By Christopher Shores
Publisher: Os Publishing 1978 50 Pages
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Even with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the US A AF honoured its agreement with Britain to defeat the European Axis before turning its attention to the Pacific theatre and the first combat units began moving to England during the early summer of 1942. At this period the main British involvement in the war—other than a growing strategic bombing campaign of their own against Germany—was in the Middle East. The Americans were not over-enamoured of the prospect of war in this theatre, considering it peripheral, and liable to draw off reserves from the primary aim which they saw as an early invasion of Western Europe. Despite their basic distaste, however, they were prevailed upon to agree to the despatch of aerial reinforcements when the British 8th Army was decisively defeated by Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps at the Battle of Gazala during early June 1942.