Excerpt from “Chapter 13 – Regensburg”

The Jolly Roger: An Airman’s Tale of Survival in World War II by William C. Atkinson

Excerpt from “Chapter 13 – Regensburg”:

By the first of February, 1944, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower realized that, in order for his planned invasion of fortress Europe slated for early summer to succeed, the USAAF would have to gain air superiority over the German Luftwaffe. He met with Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, commander of the USAAF, and it was determined that a maximum effort bombing campaign against Luftwaffe aircraft manufacturing should be launched immediately. The effort would be code named “Operation Argument” and would involve the combined efforts of the 8th Air Force flying from England with that of the 15th Air Force flying from Italy. Commencing on February 20th and concluding on February 25th, the action would come to be known by those who participated as “Big Week.”