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9-24-10 Movies and Dates Finishing WWI Air-ground support o Early 1916 allied success rate regarding support missions was low but potential  was obvious o Allied experiences led to more sophisticated doctrines Basic doctrines o Put enough aircraft in area so fighers could seal off battle area so allied  reconnaissance planes could fly sorties unmolested o “Contact patrols”flew low over the battlefield to locate and identify advancing  allied forces Difficicult but vital mission o Bombers attempted to hit roads, railheads, and ammunition.. Aerial photography was essential by 1916 Types of photography o See old notes Battle of Somme o Summer of 1916 o Allid airplanes flew freely over the Front o Were no longer intimidated by Fokker E Germans Morale affected
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o German ground troops felt besieged and grew panicky o Any airplane flying overhead even with German markings was perceived as a threat Germans developed the Albatros D.I, first airplane developed from the beginning for sole purpose of aerial combat o Production problems delayed plane’s debut o Military aviation was first technology developed during a war that had the most significance Difficultiy for Germans at Battle of the Somme proved to Geran military planneers the necessity of air superiority o Scrambled to reorganize Boelcke Recalled o Taken out of combat after Immelman died to not lose both of them o Had been giving out war bonds and propaganda tour during time off form military o Had been pushing for better fighter pilots and now was his chance to prove his skills again Germans Reorganize and Specialize o 1916 Germans (august) halted all offensive operations in the West and revised air power structure o Fighter was first priority Pressure was to stress principle of concentration o Best pilots selected for service as fighet pilots o Fighter units standardized at 14 aircraft per J… Boelcke introduces the Jasta
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  • Spring '07
  • McMillan
  • Manfred von Richthofen, Red Baron, Boelcke, allied  reconnaissance planes, allied aircraft forece, better fighter pilots

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