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This chapter explores the relations within the USAF command structure and between American commanders and the British. While the aircraft of Strategic Air Command deployed to the British airbases, those bases were under the control of the Third Air Division (3AD, later the Third Air Force) of USAF Europe, with headquarters at Wiesbaden. SAC pressed for more direct control, and the outcome was an awkward separation between 3AD and a new Seventh Air Division of SAC. Relations with the British remained with 3AD, and were generally skilfully handled, as the more aggressive SAC commanders were kept at a distance. Political anti-Americanism was an increasing concern as the Cold War progressed.

The American bomb in Britain

US Air Forces’ strategic presence, 1946–64


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