Wednesday, April 27, 2011
SAC Status Report
Read this over Hal.
Let’s see…Let me get my glasses.
Jees you’re getting old.
Just wait…just wait…OK
-----------------------------Your Eyes Only -------------------------------
Sept. 17, 1946
To: President Truman
Strategic Air Command
Submitted by General George C. Kenney
August 1945 - 2.25 million
April 1946 - 485,000
Present Trained USAAF - 515,080
Present recruits - 234,980
Present in SAC - 89,760
Total USAAF August 1945 - 79,000
Total USAAF April 1946 - 9,068 with 21,675 in storage
Present Combat aircraft in USAAF - 7685
Present Combat aircraft in SAC - 2872
August 1945 USAAF - 783
April 1946 USAAF- 177
Present USAAF - 235
Present SAC - 43
Projected SAC by P-Day
Combat Air Craft:
F80A & B jet fighters: 898
P51,P47,P38 Long range escorts: 1563
B29A Heavy Bombers: 793
B29 Silver Plate: 24
Mark III Atomic Bombs: 4
We have increased both our capacity and number of facilities concentrating on England, Spain, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Selected Islands in the Mediterranean and Turkey.
Our air assets will reveal their presence in our bases in Spain and England in increasing numbers designed to convey our intentions of commencing a bombing campaign from the bases located in the respective countries.
The command in England will be given the designation the 8th Air Force Assigned to the Strategic Air Command. The command in Spain with be designated the 15th Air Force assigned to the Strategic Air Command.
Our bases in the Mediterranean, Turkey and Egypt are top secret, need to know facilities. Personnel assigned to these bases are under high security and are permanently assigned until further notice. At this point we are confident that the Soviets are unaware of our acquiring and expanding of these assets.
Notes on Personnel:
As per Presidential order 3769:
All of the personnel recruited and placed in SAC have undergone the highest security clearance available. Each and every member of SAC has been virtually hand picked and then extensively interviewed and their backgrounds thoroughly checked.
We are confident that all personnel are worthy of the highest security clearance. We have spent countless hours ascertaining the loyalty of our personnel. We are confident that our personnel are true American’s whose only loyalty is to God and country.
This has meant compromises and many “old hands” and highly trained USAAF personnel were not chosen for SAC for various reasons.
The Counter Intelligence Corps will use the presence of some or our more well known strategic bombing experts. They will be used to affirm our intention, to enemy intelligence services, of our intent to use the bases in England and Spain as our main staging areas for any future bombing campaign. Similar to the use of the First US Army Group commanded by General Patton before D-Day.
The Strategic Air Command will have a hard transition period and mistakes will be made as many SAC personnel were placed in positions they are as yet untrained for and lack experience. Security was and is paramount. We will make operational errors that may well cost lives because of this inexperience.
However there will be no security breaches.
This was accomplished in order to fulfill the requirements of the Presidential order.
We are about to embark on a bombing campaign like no other and we are going to accomplish our goals. We may die trying. When the day is done we will succeed.
General George C. Kenney
Commander Strategic Air Command
Well … it needs a little revising but it’s a good start.
Screw you Hal and the horse you rode in on.