Early US Naval and Marine Corps Aviation, 1911-18
Imprint: Key Publishing
384 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, Over 300
- October 2023
There was initially tension between the Navy and Marine Corps as the naval hierarchy saw no need to provide land-based aircraft as the duty of aviation was to patrol and for antisubmarine operations by using seaplanes and flying boats. Negotiations brought forth the concept of the Northern Bombing Group, a land-based unit equipped primarily with British and Italian aircraft. This historical narrative encompasses the formation and development of the US Navy and Marine Corps air services from 1911 to 1918. It includes pre-war and wartime training, aircraft development, operations, and personalities such as the Navy’s Theodore “Spuds” Ellyson and Marine Alfred A. Cunningham. Both pioneers continuously fought to maintain and grow their service’s air arms. Their tenacity would, within seven years, lead to the organization of wartime scouting, pursuit, and bombing units.