Deploying to England
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This chapter shows how the initial arrangements to accommodate the bomb wings of Strategic Air Command provided a basis for unanticipated emergency deployments, beginning with those of the Berlin crisis of 1948. Berlin provided a proving ground for the USAF in Britain, revealing many of the shortcomings of the infrastructure needed to accommodate a major deployment. The outbreak of the conflict in Korea saw the first major deployment of atomic capable aircraft and the transport of inert atomic bombs to Britain. Fears of sabotage were running high, but the only attack on SAC aircraft was mounted by British guards.

The American bomb in Britain

US Air Forces’ strategic presence, 1946–64

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