By Henry H. Arnold, John W. Huston
AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE: common HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD'S international battle II DIARIES, quantity 2
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Off 9:15, distance [to go] 2,100 miles. Wednesday, September 1, 1943 [Gander, Newfoundland, to Prestwick, Scotland and London, England] Plane C-54: gross weight 63,000 pounds; gasoline, 35,000; mail 3,800; crew and passengers, 3,600; cargo____; plane, net 41,000. Made good speed during night, landfall Ireland at 7:30, low clouds and showers. Held in air by [arriving] B-17s and bad weather, cruised in circles over lake with its airport. Control sent us to an airport nobody ever heard of. Decided to go to Prestwick, over Prestwick in 11 hours, should have landed in 9:30.
44 Other innovations aimed at crew safety included the flak suit devised by the Eighth’s flight surgeon, Brig Gen Malcolm C. Grow. 45 While urging greater accomplishments from Eaker and the Eighth, Arnold continued his efforts to equip and support the strategic bombing offensive. Among his endeavors was the search for an effective long-range fighter to escort the bombers to their destination and then back home. In his typical blunt fashion, and in part responding to Lovett’s memos of four days earlier, Hap instructed his deputy, Barney M.
Another 10 days would pass before an aerial assault against German targets could be mounted. Arnold departed for England on 31 August, the trip covered in this chapter, just one week after the close of the Quadrant Conference and two weeks after Schweinfurt. In explaining his reasons for making this trip to England, Arnold wrote, “I had been receiving reports, letters, and telegrams from overseas, and verbal accounts from returning officers, that made it apparent I was getting out of touch with the Eighth Air Force in England.