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The First Aeronautic Detachment

Geoffrey L. Rossano

in Stalking the U-Boat

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034881
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034881.003.0002
The First Aeronautic Detachment

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The challenge of projecting military power overseas began with the dispatch of the First Aeronautic Detachment to Europe in May 1917, a tiny force of 122 untrained personnel under the dynamic leadership of Lt. Kenneth Whiting. His inspections and negotiations with the French government laid the basis for almost everything that followed in that country. Commander Hutch Cone's arrival in the war zone in late September propelled the effort into a new phase, expanding activities to Ireland and northern England. For many months the United States depended on French facilities and equipment to carry out its program.

Keywords: military power; aeronautic detachment; Lt. Kenneth Whiting; war zone; naval aviators; naval air service

Chapter.  17148 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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