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William "Billy" Mitchell   1879 - 1936

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Pilot, aviation and aerial bombing advocate. As an officer in the Army he served in the Philippines, Cuba, [Alaska] and on the Mexican border, and on the Army General Staff (1913-16).

During and after WW1 he held a number of command and staff posts in the Air Service, both in France (1917-19), and in the US (Director of Military Aeronautics, 1919; Chief of Training and Operations, 1920). As Assistant to the Chief of Air Service (1921-26), he advocated the creation of an independent Air Service. He arranged demonstrations illustrating the utility of air power through the historic bomber vs. battleship trials (1921), the group flight to Alaska from the continental US (1923), and the Army's Around-the-World Flight of 1924.

Mitchell's public criticism of government policies, in defiance of Army regulations, resulted in his court martial for "conduct prejudicial of good order and military discipline" and insubordination in Oct-Dec 1925. Found guilty and suspended for five years, Mitchell resigned his commission in Jan 1926. He continued to promote aviation and decry government inefficiencies until his death.

 

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     General Billy Mitchell

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     The Americasn Air Service In WWI

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     The Ascension Of Air Power

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     The Real Billy Mitchell

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     The Blast From Billy Mitchell

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     Billy Mitchell's Continuing Legacy

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     Billy Mitchell After The War

8      The St. Mihiel Salient
9     Billy Mitchell Sinks The Navy 10      The 1919 Transcontinental Air Race
11      Billy Mitchell Air Power Visionary 12      General Billy Mitchell
13     Colonel Billy Mitchell 14      The Army vs. The Navy War Game
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     The Court-Martial Of Billy Mitchell

16      The Spirit Of Billy Mitchell
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