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Till It's Over, Over There

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/9780813034881.003.0013
Till It's Over, Over There

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During nineteen months of war, naval aviation experienced explosive growth, expanding from a tiny complement of 38 aviators to 1,656 trained pilots, with thousands more in various stages of instruction. The total force surpassed 6,700 officers and almost 30,700 ratings, as well as 282 Marine aviation officers and 2,180 enlisted men. As many as 570 aircraft were shipped abroad or acquired overseas. Wartime programs created a substantial infrastructure in the United States, including multiple air stations and a huge inventory of aircraft, as well as thousands of trained flyers and personnel. Initiatives under way or planned at war's end created momentum for future activities.

Keywords: naval aviation; marine power; enlisted men; infrastructure; trained flyers; United States

Chapter.  11001 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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