Accession Number : AD1015760

Title :   Great Expectations: Brigadier General Haywood S. Hansell, Jr.and the XXI Bomber Command

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s) : Seaman,Christopher G

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Report Date : 01 Jul 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : General Henry Hap Arnolds removal of Brigadier General Haywood Hansell from XXI Bomber Command in January 1945 illuminates issues of loyalty, subordination, and leadership. Hansell was an ideal choice to command the bombers. Yet, the command struggled to produce results commensurate with Arnolds demands. After a mere six combat missions, Arnold replaced Hansell with Major General Curtis LeMay. Inter-personal strife, poor weather, and operational challenges all contributed to the commands poor results, but Hansell bore the brunt of Arnolds dissatisfaction. Arnolds removal of Hansell was precipitate and not altogether fair. Yet, the demands of wartime and the age-old code of command renders it just.

Descriptors :   aerial warfare , air power , aircraft industry , military organizations , bombing , second world war , navy , flight training , carrier based aircraft , military history , military doctrine , bombers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE