Best Air Force General of WW II (SD Vote)

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Please choose your top three Air Force Generals from World War II

Poll closed Jun 27, 2016.
  1. Hugh Dowding - Great Britain

    4 vote(s)
    57.1%
  2. Adolf Galland - Germany

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. Sergei Khudyakov - Soviet Union

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Hap Arnold - United States

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  5. Sir Cyril Newall - Great Britain

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Albert Kesselring - Germany

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  7. Jimmy Dolittle - United States

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  8. Curtis Emerson LeMay - United States

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  9. Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen - Germany

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Charles Portal - Great Britain

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Jeff Head
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    Who do you think was the best air force General of World War II? Submit names.




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    This thread will be about the best air force general of World War II. We will develop a list of ten generals, and they can be from any of the involved nations, and then add a poll to the thread once that is done. Ground force Generals and Admirals will have their own threads.
     
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    Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding RAF commanded the battle of Britain
    Claire Lee Chennault ROCAF/USAAF
    Robert Olds USAAF
    Curtis Emerson LeMay USAAF
     
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    Here are some names that come to mind:

    Let's add some more:

    Billy Mitchell USAAF
    Hap Arnold USAAF
    Frank Andrews USAAF
    Elwwod Quesada USAAF
    Ira Eaker USAAF
    Carl Spaatz USAAF
    Hoyt Vandenberg USAAF
    Jimmy Dolittle USAAF
    Adolf Galland Luftwaffe
    Herrrman Goering Luftwaffe
    Albert Kesselring Luftwaffe
    Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen Luftwaffe
    Robert Ritter von Greim Luftwaffe
    Kurt Student Luftwaffe
    Sir Cyril Newall RAF
    Sir Keith Park RAF
    Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory RAF
    Sir Quintin Brand RAF
    Richard Saul RAF
    Charles Portal - RAF
     
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    Okay, how about we rrun with these 26 Air Force Generals from the various nations. it gicves a broad coverage and should allow for the best to rise to the top:

    Billy Mitchell - United States
    Adolf Galland - Germany
    Hugh Dowding - Great Britain
    Sergei Khudyakov - Soviet Union
    Mitsuo Fuchida - Imperial Japan
    Hap Arnold - United States
    Herrrman Goering - Germany
    Sir Cyril Newall - Great Britain
    Alexander Novikov - Soviet Union
    Nobuo Fujita - Imperial Japan
    Jimmy Dolittle - United States
    Albert Kesselring - Germany
    Charles Portal - Great Britain
    Shigeru Fukudome - Imperial Japan
    Carl Spaatz - United States
    Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen - Germany
    Richard Saul - Great Britain
    Hajime Sugiyama - Imperial Japan
    Frank Andrews - United States
    Robert Ritter von Greim - Germany
    Sir Quintin Brand - Great Britain
    Minoru Genda - Imperial Japan
    Curtis Emerson LeMay - United States
    Kurt Student - Germany'
    Hoyt Vandenberg - United States
    Claire Lee Chennault - United States/ROCAF
     
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    Dang...well the SD poll is limited to ten. Each thread will have to limit itself accordingly.
     
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    I would rank LeMay up there as one of the 'best' in terms of being a general from a standpoint of tactician and strategies and just getting things done in general.

    As a human though, he is a SOB and at times I'd imagined frighteningly evil but since I've never met the man personally I can only guess lol though I've seen old footage/documentaries of him.

    Regardless, war is hell and there are those who argue you may have to become a monster to accomplish your objective during conflict. There is do doubt he played a significant role in the Pacific war... and he also contributed a lot to SAC in post war years.

    Let's just say that if we have a LeMay in our ranks today and he has the support of POTUS and Congress, Al Queda/ ISIS etc would be eliminated... but there will also be a huge price to pay in the aftermath.
     
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