Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air"

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air"

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Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air" by Roger G. Miller. Air Force Historical Stuthes Office (http:// www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/publications.htm), Publications Division, 3 Brookley Avenue, Box 94, Boiling AFB, Washington, DC 20032-5000, 2004, 58 pages (softcover). Department of Defense personnel and organizations may request printed copies of Air Force History Office publications free of charge (e-mail: afhso.book.orders ©pentagon. af.mil). Online version available free at https://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/ Publications/fulltext/Billy_Mitchell_Stormy _Petrel.pdf.

By far one of the most significant figures in Air Force history, Billy Mitchell blazed a path for future Airmen. He proved vital to airpower in its infancy, gaining the attention of the nation and key leaders. Roger Miller captures Mitchell's story comprehensively and eloquendy in Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air."

Miller begins his book by setting the stage for the bombing of the former German batdeship Ostfriesland, an exercise which, some argue, marked the pinnacle of Mitchell's career. This actionpacked scene, depicting the validation of his idea that aircraft could sink battleships, grabs the reader's attention. The book then provides background information on Mitchell, providing insight into his future decisions and rationale for making them. Fortunately, it does so without bogging the reader down with details about Mitchell's childhood, giving only the vital information necessary to understand him. …

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