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Master of Arts (MA)
Truschel, Louis William, 1943-
Leonard, Kevin Allen, 1964-
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.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Air pilots, Military--Training of--United States--History; Air pilots, Military--Training of--Great Britain--History; World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American; World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Mediterranean Region; Operation Torch, 1942; Malta--History--Siege, 1940-1943
United States; Great Britain; Africa, North; Malta; Mediterranean Region
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Evans, Ryan T. (Ryan Thomas), "Aviation at sunrise: shortcomings of the American Air Forces in North Africa during TORCH compared to the Royal Air Force on Malta, 1941-42" (2010). WWU Graduate School Collection. 76.