Aviation

From at least the beginning of 1940 — the earliest issues I have available — Aviation published, as part of their "Aviation Abroad" monthly column, reports on the War as it progressed around the world. Much of the column was focused on airline operations, which I am not (in general) including.

Aviation columns also included "Aviation News," "Aviation Defense," "Aviation Manufacturing," "Aviation Engineering," "Transport," "Operators Corner." In general those will not be reported here, but they may yield excerpts of particularly interesting news items.

1940

January mostly discusses the "Phony War" or sitzkrieg. Comprising two pages, it includes photos of Me-109 propeller spinner with cannon, Savoia-Marchetti bomber, and Vickers Wellesley bomber.

February talks about British vs German action over the North Sea, opens the argument about the relative merits of cannon vs machine guns as aircraft armament, and mentions the expansion of routes by the Imperial Japanese Airways over East and Southeast Asia. Comnprising two pages, it includes photos of Helsinki Airport control tower, a flight of Fairey Battles, and a flightline of Vickers Wellingtons returned from a raid on Heligoland.

March describes results from "Dissecting a Heinkel", on an He-111 shot down over Scotland, and passes along preliminary information on the Ju-88 and Me-110. "KLM and the War" discusses the airline's activities in the months leading up to active war. Comprising two pages, it includes photos of RAF bombardier training with British bombsight, a KLM DC-3, and a Japanese research park.

April discusses "War's Effect On Design" of warplanes and the problems the airlines faced in obtaining replacement planes and dealing with disruption of routes. Comprising two pages, it includes photos of Schipol (Amsterdam) Airport, tail turret of a Short Sunderland, and the Stearman PT-13 assembly line.

May discusses BOAC and Scandinavian airline operations. A single page, it includes photos of 3 Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley bombers in formation and a detail photo of the tail turret of a Whitley, a flying scale model of what is probably the civilian conversion of the Short Sunderland, and a new 14-cylinder twin-row radial from Romania.

June is purely pictorial. Photos include He-111 assebmly line, RAF gunners in training, Hudson bombers cocooned for shipping to Australia, Pan Am's general manager, and an airfield in the Dutch East Indies.

July is purely pictorial. Photos include a Fokker T.5, Ju-86 under repair, a Martin 167 bomber in France, and a field full of Caproni pursuits in Italy.

August and September did not have "Aviation Abroad" columns.

October is purely pictorial. Photos include Wellington being bombed-up, Ju-90 in flight, FW-187, RCAF, UK and USAC officers in front of C-47, battle damage on Hudson wing, and a Spitfire.

November did not have an "Aviation Abroad" column.

December describes a German-owned airline in South America, a list of airlines operating in Europe (as of October 1, 1940, with map) and photos of a Bell Airacobra (P-39), a Douglas Boston (A-20), and a Consolidated Liberator (B-24).

1941

"Aviation Abroad" columns for 1941 were focused on airline operations and development of Canadian production capabilities.

"The Washington Windsock", a gossip column included in the "Aviation News" monthly feature, often included interesting tidbits.

"The Washington Windsock" for May includes a mention and short description of the Me-110 and first mention of a night interceptor in development.

December included a sidebar, "On Schedule", which discussed the Japanese expansion of air routes as a strategic preparation for war.
The December issue also included, in the "Aviation Defense" column, "European Front Reports".
The "Aviation Defense" column also included a report on the Harriman mission to Moscow.

Beginning in January, 1942, McGraw-Hill and the editors of Aviation published a war communique each month through September, 1945 under the heading "America at War."
There were also short reports in the "Aviation Defense" column in some issues.

1942

"Aviation's War Communique No 1" [ PDF, 6.4 MiB ] , [ HTML ], January, 1942, discusses Pearl Harbor, the Pan American Airways (PAA) response to the attack, and the Civil Air Patrol. The article includes a shot of F4Fs and SBDs on a carrier flight deck, an aerial shot of the Saratoga and Lexington, and a shot of an anti-aircraft battery training at night.

"British Front Reports" in the "Aviation Defense" column for January, 1942 is a bunch of short references to events.

"Aviation's War Communique No 2" [ PDF, 4.5 MiB ] , [ HTML ], February, 1942, mentions the Russian front, early action in the Pacific, Japanese abilities and problems in US commercial aviation. The article includes a flight shot of an F4F and two maps: one shows the Pacific region and the other a detail of the Southwest Pacific theater area.

The "On Schedule" sidebar to the "Aviation Abroad" column discusses the preparations Pan American had made before the war and the general status of commercial airlines around the world post-Pearl Harbor.

"Aviation's War Communique No 3" [ PDF, 6.3 MiB ] ,[ HTML ], March, 1942, discusses Japanese capabilities, the Truman report, and the early stages of the transition of the automobile factories to airplane manufacturing operations. The article includes a photo of an SBD flying ASW patrol over a Lexington class carrier, a flight shot of planes probably misidentified as Japanese Nakajima 97 (the planes are twin-engined and would appear to be Nakajima 100 Army Helen), and an assembly-line photo of workers at an ex-auto company making B-25 rudders.

"Aviation's War Communique No 4" [ PDF, 6.1 MiB ] , [ HTML ], April, 1942, discusses the reorganization of the US Armed Forces, the first big British air raid on the Continent, and the Colin Kelly story. Photos include 3 generals and an admiral, and British paratroops forming up with what appear to be Manchesters on the flight line, preparing for the air raid.
Captain Colin Kelly was an early hero in the Pacific War. His B-17 sank a Japanese capital ship, then was shot down on its way home. Kelly got his crew out but was killed. The Japanese ship was identified at the time as the battleship Haruna; current accounts have it as the cruiser Natori.

"Aviation's War Communique No 5" [ PDF, 7.1 MiB ] , [ HTML ], May, 1942, discusses security and the meager flow of information to the American press, explains the reasons that the US had not yet confronted the Japanese in force in the Pacific, goes into the responses to the aluminum shortage that developed in the early months of the war, and relates a tale of a Russian who fell several thousand feet with an unopened parachute, landed in deep snow on a mountain side and escaped uninjured. Photos included a flightline shot of B-25s in the colors of several of the Allied air forces, a flightline shot of Hudsons in British colors, and a flight formation of Boeing trainers.

"Aviation's War Communique No 6" [ PDF, 7.2 MiB ] , [ HTML ], June, 1942, talks about the activity around Australia, with a promise that we would not lose Australia; it also discusses British and Russian activity in Europe and talks about the new German Junkers 288. The first "body counts" are published here. Photos include aerial photos of a raid on Le Havre and results of a raid on Rostok and a shot of ground crew moving a PBY Catalina.

"Aviation's War Communique No 7" [ PDF, 7.6 MiB ] , [ HTML ], July, 1942, mostly talks about developments in the ETO, with some discussion of the Zero and of the Doolittle raid. There is also some discussion of projected cargo development. Photos include training gliders, an artist's concept of the Curtiss Caravan, and Jimmy Doolittle being congratulated by FDR.

"Aviation's War Communique No 8" [ PDF, 5.9 MiB ] , [ HTML ], August, 1942, discusses production issues, development in the Navy, and adoption of gliders for both training and cargo. Photos include flight shots of TBD, F4U and F4F and an aerial photo of a carrier.

"Aviation's War Communique No 9" [ PDF, 6.7 MiB ] , [ HTML ], September, 1942, highlights the increasing importance of aviation in the waging of the war, looks at the air transport system postwar, and talks about lessons learned and changes made from experience in combat. Photos are of a Martin Mars on the water and a flight of B-17Es,

"Aviation's War Communique No 10" [ PDF, 7.5 MiB ] , [ HTML ], October, 1942, mentions the subjugation of German air power in the west of Europe and discusses the issue of public pressure on war planning, including the issue of widespread criticism of the quality of American warplanes; this is to be a recurring theme in the communiques. The latter part of the column relates the relationships with several of our Latin American neighbors. The conclusion includes the classic description of the B-17: "You can shoot it to pieces but the pieces stay together." Photos include an F4F taking off from a carrier, Brazilian air officers and Eisenhower with his air staff.

"Aviation's War Communique No 11" [ PDF, 8.1 MiB ] , [ HTML ], November, 1942, focuses on the B-17, then discusses the new fighters and German abilities; it closes with some discussion of general issues. Photos include a P-40 of the 343rd Fighter Group, an aerial photo of a strike on Japanese ships and an interior shot of waist gunners in a B-17E — the gunners are opposite each other and the guns are fed with ammo cans instead of belts; gunners are in altitude gear.

"Aviation's War Communique No 12" [ PDF, 7.4 MiB ] , [ HTML ], December, 1942, discusses Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, then deals with the results of actions by the War Production Board and closes with short notes on various actions in the war. Photos include US paratroops loading and jumping, and an introduction to the Mosquito.

1943

"Aviation's War Communique No 13" [ PDF, 7.3 MiB ] , [ HTML ], January, 1943, talks about the progress made against the Axis powers over the previous 13 months. Photos include a formation of B-24s, a Martin MB-2 over DC, and Japanese planes being destroyed during a naval battle.

"Aviation's War Communique No 14" [ PDF, 6.4 MiB ] , [ HTML ], February, 1943, describes the War Production Board, including an organization chart which lists most of the department heads. It also mentions a "successor to the Boeing Flying Fortress", the P-38, a new Spitfire, and a couple of new Japanese planes. The only photos are small portraits of the heads of the WPB.

"Aviation's War Communique No 15" [ PDF, 6.2 MiB ] , [ HTML ], March, 1943, deals primarily with the logistical problems of mounting a war effort on multiple fronts. Photos include FDR at work on a Pan American Clipper, which he used for his trip to Casablanca, and the flight crew of the Clipper. There is also a photo of the crew of The 8-Ball, a B-17 which participated in the first all-American air strike on Europe.

"Aviation's War Communique No 16" [ PDF, 6.5 MiB ] , [ HTML ], April, 1943, goes at some depth into the design and operational choices of the B-17 and B-24 and a justification of daylight bombing in Europe, aimed at countering popular press criticisms of the program. There is also continuing emphasis on the value of the high-quantity aircraft production programs, and there are reports from Europe and Asia on the progress of Allied air forces in suppressing Axis air forces. Photos include assembly-line shots of B-17 and B-24 fuselage production and a flight shot of an early model F4U Corsair.

"Aviation's War Communique No 17" [ PDF, 6.6 MiB ] , [ HTML ], May, 1943, continues a theme of focusing on the ETO; by mid-1943 they had already written off Japan as a threat and relegated them to being a nuisance. The article talks about the build-up of US forces in Britain and the increasing power of air strikes over the Reich and the weakening of the German war effort as a result. There is also some discussion of domestic airline activity. Photos include a flight of A-20s over North Africa and an extreme closeup of a Japanese destroyer taken from "an American land-based bomber."

"Aviation's War Communique No 18" [ PDF, 6.9 MiB ] , [ HTML ], June, 1943, touts the German defeat in and evacuation from North Africa. There is discussion of the damage being inflicted on Germany by air raids and of their response by moving factories underground and camouflaging them to forestall future air attack. The tight focus on the war in Europe and its effect on Pacific and Asian operations is mentioned, as are measures to take tighter control over air traffic inside the US. Photos include a formation of B-24s in the Aleutians and one of B-17s over North Africa.

"Aviation's War Communique No 19" [ PDF, 7.3 MiB ] , [ HTML ], July, 1943, focuses on the production juggernaut among the Allies, especially the US. At this point, they are already starting to consider reconversion and the postwar developments in manufacturing, and the problems of disposal of war surplus. Photos include Hap Arnold at a ceremony at West Point, B-17s over Lorient, and A-20s over Pantelleria.

"Aviation's War Communique No 20" [ PDF, 6.5 MiB ] , [ HTML ], August, 1943, discusses the air war against Germany, the reasons that attack on Japan has been slow in developing and some other issues of the Japanese war effort, and domestic aviation issues. Photos include a C-47 with P-39s over New Guinea, a Ventura in the Aleutians — a nice illustration of the value of PSP — and bombs falling on Leghorn, Italy.

"Aviation's War Communique No 21" [ PDF, 6.6 MiB ] , [ HTML ], September, 1943, discusses the damage to Germany, with specific references to the raids on Hamburg and Ploesti. They continue an ongoing theme of not expecting the war in Europe to be won from the air alone. Other topics include the still-increasing production rates for aircraft and the domestic airmail situation. Photos include B-24s over Ploesti and a crashed-and-burned Ju-52.

"Aviation's War Communique No 22" [ PDF, 2.7 MiB ] , [ HTML ], October, 1943, deals primarily with the problems involved in increasing aircraft production to meet desired levels. There is mention of several milestones in the Pacific war. The included photo is of a P-70 night fighter.

"Aviation's War Communique No 23" [ PDF, 7.2 MiB ] , [ HTML ], November, 1943, deals with reports from a number of fronts and especially with the problems of factory-to-front logistics. There is the first mention by designation of the B-29. Photos include B-17s over Regensburg, a Corsair at Munda (New Guinea) and paratroops dropping into the attack on Lae.

"Aviation's War Communique No 24" [ PDF, 6.9 MiB ] , [ HTML ], December, 1943, is a pep talk at the two-year point in the war, emphasizing the toll taken on Germany. Short discussions take on issues in Washington and the forecast attacks on Japan. Photos include pilots in front on an F6F on "an unnamed carrier somewhere in the Pacific" and a P-40 and C-47s operating out of a field in Italy.

1944

"Aviation's War Communique No 25" [ PDF, 7 MiB ] . [ HTML ], January, 1944, has more bad news for Germany, more discounting of Japan as a threat in the war, mention of 70 types of gun planes in test at Eglin, a precis of the last month's key air actions and an observation on aircraft production having "made it over the hump" and climbing toward maximum desired levels. Photos include German glider-bombs for use against bomber formations and four shots of B-25Gs: one flight shot (tail number appears to be 235199), two shots of Japanese shipping being shot up, and a detail photo of the nose of Pistol-Packin Momma.

"Aviation's War Communique No 26" [ PDF, 6.3 MiB ] , [ HTML ], February, 1944, discusses the War in Europe and planning for the Battle of Japan. Specific new-plane mentions go to the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, the Boeing XPBB-1 Sea Ranger and the Martin Mars. Photos show a formation of B-17s at altitude on their way to Bremen, a Helldiver, and the Sea Ranger.

"Aviation's War Communique No 27" [ PDF, 0.78 MiB ] , [ HTML ], March, 1944, has been moved from a full column of its own to a subhead in "The Aviation News" section. The article addresses general topics in the campaigns against Germany and Japan. Of interest is some early discussion of possible sites for island air bases to set up aerial bombardment of the Japanese home islands.

"Aviation's War Communique No 28" [ PDF, 0.76 MiB ] , [ HTML ], April, 1944, discusses the buildup in China, general matters about the campaigns against Germany and Japan, and specific mentions of the F6F and F4U as being crucial in the Pacific and of escort fighters over Europe, with loss rates.

"Aviation's War Communique No 29" [ PDF, 0.63 MiB ] , [ HTML ], May, 1944, talks about the 2-year history of the Army Air Force, dominance over the Luftwaffe, and matters of the Pacific campaign. They mention Churchill's warning that the war will probably not be over in Europe in 1944.

"Aviation's War Communique No 30" [ PDF, 0.76 MiB ] , [ HTML ], June, 1944, looks at general issues of the European and Pacific campaigns. A list of American planes most used in Europe includes B-17, B-24, B-26, P-38, P-47, P-51.

"Aviation's War Communique No 31" [ PDF, 0.61 MiB ] , [ HTML ], July, 1944, talks about D-Day (with a capsule description of the magnitude of the air effort in support), the first shuttle bombing runs to Russia and the fall of Rome.

"Aviation's War Communique No 32" [ PDF, 0.63 MiB ] , [ HTML ], August, 1944, discusses efforts in Europe, including a 3,000-heavy raid and the shift of focus to German oil facilities. In the Pacific, we have taken Saipan; limitations of China and touting of the B-29.

"Aviation's War Communique No 33" [ PDF, 0.75 MiB ] , [ HTML ], September, 1944, mentions continuation of focus on German oil facilities, shuttle bombing runs by fighters, opening of the new Burma Road into China; 20-minute turnarounds for fighters to rearm and refuel.
A news clip, "This Magazine" [ HTML ] lists the possible salvage value of the issue.

"Aviation's War Communique No 34" [ PDF, 0.75 MiB ] , [ HTML ], October, 1944, continues listing the toll on Germany and speculating about the defeat of Japan.

"Aviation's War Communique No 35" [ PDF, 0.75 MiB ] , [ HTML ], November, 1944: Germany continues to resist, to the surprise of all; everyone is now using rockets — including Thunderbolts; Navy adopts JATO; Corsair increases bomb load; difficulties in bombing Japan.

"Aviation's War Communique No 36" [ PDF, 0.77 MiB ] , [ HTML ], December, 1944, discusses general issues of the campaigns against Germany and Japan.

1945

"Aviation's War Communique No 37" [ PDF, 0.6 MiB ][ HTML ], January, 1945: formation of 21st Bomber Command in the Marianas; forecasts of air war against Japan; bomb tonnage and loss results from European theater.

There was no War Communique in the February, 1945 issue.

"Aviation's War Communique No 38" [ PDF, 0.75 MiB ] , [ HTML ], March, 1945, discusses general topics of the campaigns against Germany and Japan; Germany beat the world to jet power.

"Aviation's War Communique No 39" [ PDF, 0.76 MiB ][ HTML ], April, 1945, major focus is on numbers of heavy bombers to be arrayed against Japan.

"Aviation's War Communique No 40" [ PDF, 0.59 MiB ] , [ HTML ], May, 1945, discusses the capture of Okinawa and plans for the Battle of Japan.

"Aviation's War Communique No 41" [ PDF, 0.75 MiB ] , [ HTML ], June, 1945, celebrates V-E Day, quotes von Rundstedt on the value of the air attack on the defeat of Germany; "Summary and Forecast".

"Aviation's War Communique No 42" [ PDF, 0.76 MiB ] , [ HTML ], July, 1945, talks about preparations for the invasion of Japan. B-17s and B-24s have been removed from the equipment list.

"Aviation's War Communique No 43" [ PDF, 0.6 MiB ] , [ HTML ], August, 1945, talks entirely about B-29 raids on Japan.

"Aviation's War Communique No 44" [ PDF, 0.59 MiB ] , [ HTML ], September, 1945: V-J Day; forecast bomb tonnage rates.

Air News

While McGraw-Hill's Aviation had their staff-written column, Philip Andrews' Air News had a regular column from their correspondent in London, Ralph Michaelis. It began as "London Letter" by Ralph Michaelis, Air News British Correspondent; the column name changed to "Britain at War" in April, 1943, at first "with London Letter and Front Line Sketches" by Ralph Michaelis, RAF; in July, 1943, they dropped the "with London Letter and Front Line Sketches" header; in August, 1943, the format changed to a stylized Union Jack and a selection of aircraft photos, along with a photo of the postal envelope with censor stamp that the report was mailed in.

Given that the April, 1943, column is subheaded "London Letter — No 11," this collection is missing quite a few of the columns. The ones we have are listed below.

1942

December, 1942, "London Letter" talks about the Eagle Squadrons and their transfer from RAF to USAAC, about action over Malta, about the Canadian Demons Squadron and a strike by them on German shipping, about the Dutch Naval Air Service Squadron, and an account of a belly landing by a Stirling.

1943

January, 1943, "London Letter" talks about B-17 gunnery and the quality of Luftwaffe pilots on the Western Front. The bulk of the column describes activities in the Bay of Biscay by Coastal Command planes combating the U-boat threat. The main focus is on Beaufighter actions.
"War Perspective" discusses the encirclement of Germany and German losses at Stalingrad, Egypt, and North Africa.

February, 1943, "London Letter" relates a story explaining why all RAF flight crew members were trained to be able to handle the flight controls. There is also an account of one of the first rescues of a Spitfire pilot who had been shot down by another Spitfire. A British pilot flying out of Malta was shot up by Me-109s and had to fly to North Africa; in the week it took to get back, he borrowed another plane and shot down a Ju-88 on the flight back to Malta. The author reminisces about an attempt at a mid-air rescue in WWI. Finally there are more stories about the Canadian Demons Squadron working in the Bay of Biscay.

March, 1943, "London Letter" tells if Liberator and Hudson action against U-boats, about ferrying Hudsons across the North Atlantic, and about a trip in a Catalina from Bermuda to England in an Atlantic storm. Finally, there is a mention of Gremlins: "I wonder if the fame of the Gremlins has reached you yet…."

April, 1943, "London Letter" goes into some background on the big raids into Germany, then discusses the British response to the Luftwaffe retaliatory raid on London with reports and dialog on the fighter action. The remainder discusses the problems in dealing with the U-boats, especially in the North Atlantic, where the convoys are too far from land for effective air cover.
Several of the columns in the Spring of 1943 discuss aspects of combating U-boat actions. First, the activities of the Coastal Command weren't as glamorous as the big hundred- and multi-hundred-plane raids into Germany; second, predation by U-boats was having a very significant effect on the war effort.

May, 1943, "London Letter" starts with the story of the German captain of a mine layer who was sunk by his own mines because the Brits had not swept them the night before. The next section is a defense of the B-17 against American press condemnations of the type. A section deals with the medium bombers and how they were used in the early days of the war. Then he disrespects the Stuka. Accounts of a nighttime mine-laying mission in a Stirling and a Lancaster mission to Duisberg point up changes in German night-fighter tactics.

June, 1943, "London Letter" describes a strike on a German convoy off the Dutch coast — and the reconnaissance that enabled it. This leads to a general discussion of the use of aerial reconnaissance. An account of the first Mosquito as fighters, over the Bay of Biscay, leads to some comments on the family resemblance of de Havilland planes. The Bay of Biscay action segues into some more discussion, with action accounts, of the Battle of the Atlantic.

July, 1943, "London Letter", discusses the development of the air offensive over Europe, with accounts from a Halifax and a Lancaster mission.

August, 1943, "London Letter" talks about Ventura actions, with a dialog excerpt from an Operations Room controlling a Ventura mission. And a Canadian Halifax has the motto, per flak ad nauseam.

September, 1943, "London Letter" discusses evolution of German defense tactics against night raids, with two Lancaster mission accounts and some descriptions of German area camouflage. And why camouflage was of limited use because of the constant aerial reconnaissance.

October, 1943, "London Letter" has accounts of a Halifax struck by a bomb and another shot up by a night fighter. And there is a dialog account of an Operations Room controlling a fighter-on-fighter dogfight over France.

November, 1943, "London Letter", describes the advent of the Master of Ceremonies over the target area, who controls the bomber stream coming in. A story discusses the custom of bomber crews understating action, especially defensive action over or around the target or night-fighter attacks on the mission. Some material on a strike on Nuremberg fills out the image of night missions. Finally, an account of a Sunderland that escaped after being attacked by seven Ju-88s over the Bay of Biscay.

December, 1943, and January, 1944, was a single issue.

1944

January, 1944, "London Letter" goes into some detail on the decline of the Luftwaffe over France and the Low Countries. An extended "dialog" relates what is called "radio silence" during an mission with Spitfires escorting Marauders over France.

May, 1944, "London Letter" talks about German fighters using flares to illuminate bombers on night raids. Then, there is more discussion of the U-boat war, especially in the Bay of Biscay. A first-person account tells of a Mustang that flew through a tree on a locomotive-busting mission. An account of how a badly shot-up Lancaster survived and made it home points up the strength of the airframe. Finally, an account of a Lancaster that flew an inside loop after being jolted by a multiple near-miss by flak, then recovered and made his bomb run.

June, 1944, "London Letter" talks about the more offensive mindset of bomber crews, who actively attempt to shoot down any fighter, not only one on close attack. This is highlighted by the story of a Halifax crew who shot down six and damaged six fighters in ten raids — night raids. A short section discusses changes in bombing tactics. Then, a discussion of shuttle bombing explains why it would be of limited functionality. Finally, there is a story about a Halifax badly shot up on a mission to Frankfurt and how it made it home.

Flying

Flying magazine (Flying and Popular Aviation, Flying including Industrial Aviation, Flying) ran "From Headquarters," a Washington, DC, centered monthly column and a "War in the Air" article, usually very pictorial, occasionally. Pieces by Cy Caldwell, writer, lecturer and radio commentator, appeared with some frequency. In 1943 they added "Report from Washington," arranged to appear simultaneously in Flying and The Aeroplane.

1942

January, 1942, was their special US Naval Aviation issue

February, 1942,
"From Headquarters"
[ HTML ] discusses the Washington reaction to Pearl Harbor, drops a lot of names, and mentions the need for a professional (or at least semi-professional), ie, paid, Civil Defense organization, citing the difficulties of European countries with all-civilian, all-volunteer organizations.

March, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ]talks about the National Inventor's Council, the edict that all officers in DC must wear their uniforms, the last flight of Jack O'Meara (top soaring pilot and test pilot), and the long hours being kept by a lot of the officers in DC in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.
"War in the Air" [ PDF, 39 MiB ] , [ HTML ], a profusely illustrated report on the first few months of the war, focuses on the war with Japan, with pictorials for Russia, Europe, the Middle East and the Home Front in addition to The Far East.
"We Can Lose This War" [ HTML ], an opinion piece by Cy Caldwell, rails against the entrenched mindset of prewar general staffs and against the lack of air-aware preparations in the Pacific, specifically the Philippines.

April, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ]touches on more than a dozen points, including Gen Hershey's exemption of key people in a number of industries including Hollywood, and an early mention of the P-47, with a description of the Typhoon and the observation that the P-47 is considered to be a better fighter.
"The New Strategy of War" [ HTML ] lays out Cy Caldwell's view of air vs sea in modern war, with a number of examples of the sinking of capital ships.

May, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] touches on more than a dozen topics, including the control structure in the White House, the problem with contradictory reports coming from different branches of government, the use of models in training aircraft recognition and in training gunners.
"Remember Wake Island!" [ HTML ] gives a detailed account of the Battle of Wake Island.

June, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] is all over the place on little details and tidbits on life in and around Washington, DC. Apart from his typical name dropping, the writer focuses on the improved attitude and atmosphere in DC by the spring, compared to those in the winter.

July, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] mentions the Doolittle raid and arguments ongoing over how fighter planes should be designed and armed, along with a multitude of other tidbits.

August, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ]discusses an attitude of isolationism growing in certain circles, the inception of British thousand-plane raids, and the ongoing lionizing of WWI veterans who re-upped to help in the war effort.

September, 1942, was a special Royal Air Force issue.

October, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ]castigates the naysayers who felt the war was about to be lost outside the US, the massive and virtually instantaneous growth of Air Forces staff, an apparent galvanizing of attitude in DC, and Queen Wilhelmina of Holland's address to the Congress.

November, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] talks about W B Ziff's new book and how it convinced a lot of doubters about the use of air power in the war over Europe, exemption of aircraft factory workers from military service, first B-17 losses over Europe (and the overall good record they had been running up in European and Pacific theaters), British and American flight crews swapping equipment, and the first appearance of a Lancaster in the US.

"Report From London" [ HTML ] promotes the value of dive bombing, talks about the Focke-Wulf Fw-190, and discusses daylight raids.

December, 1942,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] mentions a contract to Kaiser for a flying boat, the superior maneuverability in a dogfight of older biplane fighters over modern planes, the duel between Lt Charles Paine in a B-17 against some 40 Luftwaffe fighters (he made it home), a dig at those who consider US planes inferior, and more pats on the back to old lions who reenlisted.

1943

January, 1943,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] cheers the rescue of Eddie Rickenbacker, lists some of the more significant "alphabet soup" agencies, cost of air freight, and mentions a couple of friends in the hospitals around DC.

March, 1943,
"From Headquarters" [ HTML ] lauds the giving of names to US aircraft types, recommends two books, and touches on a number of other aviation-related matters. He also mentions a "Ziff plan" for large-scale bombing.
"Report from Washington" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 2.5 MiB ] mentions comparative US and Axis production figures, the Curtiss C-76 Caravan, and visions of the future of air commerce.
"War in the Air" [ PDF, 14.2 MiB ] is a four-page pictorial with 18 photos from around the world. The text [ HTML ] lists the major types illustrated.

May, 1943
"Report from Washington" [ HTML ] focuses on the future of air commerce.

June, 1943
"Report from Washington" [ HTML ] recounts some of the history of commercial aviation in the US.
"London Survey" [ HTML ] features background on Britain's Air Transport Command; mentions are made of Mosquito, Me-109G, and the Hawker Typhoon.

July, 1943
"Report from Washington" [ HTML ] is an essay on the growth of importance of air power.
"London Survey" [ HTML ] introduces Peter Masefield's interesting metric for warplanes: rate of fire in pounds per minute. Tables of data on guns, fighter armament and bomber armament pull together information difficult to compile from elsewhere.

September, 1943
"London Survey" [ HTML ] , [ PDF, 2.4 MiB ] is a detailed statistically supported analysis of the European theater bombing strategy.