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Date Permissions Signed

8-4-2010

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

Truschel, Louis William, 1943-

Second Advisor

Ritter, Harry

Third Advisor

Bubb, Dan

Fourth Advisor

Leonard, Kevin Allen, 1964-

Abstract

This work examines the accidents and shortcomings inexperienced American pilots experienced during the opening days of Operation TORCH and attributes these mishaps to inadequate training and inexperience. Through a comparative approach, American training programs and text are contrasted against those of the British. By analyzing the base training methods of the RAF and observing their effectiveness when used in the North Africa and Mediterranean theatre at Malta provides a solid example where a well developed and battle exposure prove effective. This frame work served as a framework to compare the deficiencies of American airmen.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

664388341

Digital Format

application/pdf

Geographic Coverage

United States; Great Britain; Africa, North; Malta; Mediterranean Region

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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