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The factors that bore upon the success or failure of these endeavors were multiple. One major factor was weather. The Germans loved to move "when the birds were walking"-when which is quite understandable. we were grounded by weather- We had virtual control of the air over southern Italy, I would say, from the time we made the initial landings onward. Only occasionally would enemy aircraft come south and strike us. My base, for example, which was in the Foggia area, perhaps 90 miles behind the front lines, wasn't struck the entire time that I was there, which showed that we pretty much controlled the air.

Right: Railroad yards at Pisa, Italy were twisted and mangled by Allied bombs. Below: Ships and port facilities at Naples took direct hits from the Fifteenth Air Force. 35 Major General I"artridge, FEAF Commander, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Laurence C. Craigie, pose for photographers beside a wing-tip fuel tank, especially developed for the F-80. 44 AIR INTERDICTION , %%~,,~,""~ An F-80 Shooting Star takes off for a mission fuel tanks on the wings Partridge: give the aircraft over Korea, additional combat December 1950, The enlarged range.

One major factor was weather. The Germans loved to move "when the birds were walking"-when which is quite understandable. we were grounded by weather- We had virtual control of the air over southern Italy, I would say, from the time we made the initial landings onward. Only occasionally would enemy aircraft come south and strike us. My base, for example, which was in the Foggia area, perhaps 90 miles behind the front lines, wasn't struck the entire time that I was there, which showed that we pretty much controlled the air.

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