Abrams, Leonard N. Our Secret Little War. Bethesda, MD: International Geographic Information Foundation, 1991.
According to Surveillant 3.4/5, Abrams tells the story of his career in the joint British-American V-Section model shop which constructed scale models of strategic/tactical targets and battlefields based on aerial reconnaissance photographs." The dates covered are October 1942 to November 1945. Rip, I&NS 8.4, notes that the book is "illustrated with 32 pages of interesting, and in many cases never before seen, black-and-white photographs of the three-dimensional scale models, as well as the only color photograph of the 1:5,000 scale Normandy (Cabourg-sur-Dives) model used in planning the D-Day invasion."
Bailey, Ronald H. "All-Seeing Eyes in the Sky." In The Air War in Europe. World War II Series. New York: Time-Life, 1979. [Petersen]
Barker, Edward L. "Air Combat Intelligence." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 5, no. 1 (1989): 11-15.
1. "Hiding the Aircraft Factories." Air Force Magazine 66, no. 3 (1983): 112-115.
Petersen: "Camouflage of West Coast installations against Japanese bombing."
2. "Photo Interpretation and Photogrammetry in World War II." Photogrammatic Engineering and Remote Sensing 50, no. 9 (1984): 1313-1318. [Petersen]
Craven, Wesley F., and James L. Cate, eds. The Army Air Forces in World War II. 7 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953-1965.
Petersen: "Some coverage of intelligence and reconnaissance, as well as target selection. See especially volumes I and II."
Ehlers, Robert S., Jr. Targeting the Third Reich: Air Intelligence and the Allied Bombing Campaigns. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2009.
According to Chun, Parameters 40.1 (Spring 2010), the author "traces the development of photographic and signals intelligence use and its impact on the strategic bombardment campaign over Europe in World War II.... The book illustrates how air intelligence shaped and guided senior leadership to bomb some of the most valuable Third Reich targets." The reader is given "a well-researched and detailed evolution of both the British and American air intelligence capability." The book provides "a fine addition to a better understanding of the impact of the Combined Bomber Offensive and the role that air intelligence had in its actions."
Peake, Studies 54.2 (Jun. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), notes this this is the first history to focus on "target selection and damage assessment.... This is a splendid book that adds much new material to the history of air intelligence."
Ellis, John. Brute Force: Allied Strategy and Tactics in the Second World War. New York: Viking, 1991.
Surveillant 1.6 notes that this book includes "[s]everal references to ULTRA intelligence, Air Technical Intelligence Group, Sorge, Stalin, and German intelligence."
Franco, Arnold Clement, as told to Paula Aselin Spellman. Code to Victory: Coming of Age in World War II. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 1998.
White, IJI&C 12.2, notes that the author was "a cryptanalyst with the (Morse Code) Detachment A of 3rd Radio Squadron Mobile (G) [German]. This unit operated as an intercept and intelligence service working on German Luftwaffe voice and wireless telegraph (W/T) communications." According to Kruh, Cryptologia 24.1, the 3rd RSM was assigned to the 9th Air Force. The author "describes his work" and produces "a fascinating volume of reminiscences that evokes the realities of war."
Haines, William W. Ultra and the History of U.S. Strategic Air Force in Europe vs. German Air Force. Westport CT: Greenwood, 1980. Frederick, MD: University Press of America, 1986.
Nautical Brass Bibliography says that this book explains "[h]ow Enigma messages reporting on German shortages of manpower and equipment were taken advantage of by the U.S. Air Force."
Jeffries, John C., Jr. Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.: A Biography. Riverside, NJ: Scribner's, 1994.
Surveillant 3.6: This is a "judicious biography" by a former law clerk. It includes "Powell's early work in OSS and his role in ULTRA intelligence." See also, Putney, ed., Ultra and the Army Air Forces in World War II: An Interview with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr (1987).
Kreis, John F., et al., eds. Piercing the Fog: Air Intelligence in World War II. Bolling AFB, Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1996.
Jonkers, AIJ 17.1/2, notes that "[w]hen war broke out in 1941, no intelligence system existed to provide Army Air Forces with the information to conduct effective war in Europe and the Pacific. This is the story of how intelligence organizations were built to collect, process, produce and disseminate intelligence to air command decisionmakers and forces."
For Kruh, Cryptologia 21.2, this "is an outstanding volume, which is fully documented with extensive footnotes." Christensen, I&NS 11.4/763/fn. 8, refers to this work as "an excellent account of air intelligence's short comings." Mahncke, NWCR, Autumn 1998, finds the book's "extensive coverage of the North African, Chinese, and Pacific theater air campaigns ... especially valuable, for they are often overshadowed by the continental European campaign."
Leary, William M. Fueling the Fires of Resistance: Army Air Forces Special Operations in the Balkans during World War II. Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1995. [http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA433268]
"In this study, Professor William Leary examines what might fairly be considered one of the most important early experiences in the history of Air Force special operations."
MacCloskey, Monro. Secret Air Missions. New York: Richards Rosen, 1966.
According to Constantinides, MacCloskey commanded the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force squadron responsible for agent and supply air drops into Italy, southern France, and the Balkans during World War II. The book "is a cross between a unit history and a collection of letters to home." Although the author could have included more on the unit's missions, "air support of intelligence operations has not often been described at this operational level."
Mason, Herbert A., Jr., Randy G. Bergeron [SSGT/USA), and James A. Renfrow, Jr. [TSGT/USAFR] Operation Thursday: Birth of the Air Commandos. The U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1994.
From publisher: "On March 5-6, 1944, the Allies conducted an air invasion of Burma, in an attempt to push back the Japanese in the China-Burma-India Theater and reestablish the land route between India and China. U.S. Airmen formed a special operations unit -- the 1st Air Commando Group -- to transport troops to jungle locations and resupply them, often in the line of fire."
Mierzejewski, Alfred C. "Intelligence and the Strategic Bombing of Germany: The Combined Strategic Targets Committee." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 3, no. 1 (Spring 1989): 83-104.
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