7576777879808182838485868788899091929394959697 of 1143
Now, later, he invited us to come back and to talk to Donald Nelson and Admiral
Sherman, and we went back, and Albert and Seversky spent the night on Knox's boat on
the 18th of August, '42. Knox and Sherman didn't believe Seversky, when he said that
the Army would have bombers coming off the production line in two weeks with a range
of 5500 miles. They never even heard of such a thing. Nelson said it was true.
Imagine, the Army conducting their air war in secrecy from the Secretary of the Navy,
but it was being done that way. He had no understanding of the use of air power at
all and backed up the most old-hat, out-of-date admirals. It made me feel like
wanting to be a hermit living in the mountains, it seemed so mad, unnecessary and
insecure for the country.
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help