“Dimensions: approx. 6/75 X 10 inches
This is a magazine photo that came from a 1957 magazine and features, Magazine photo of the Martin B-2. Air Service officers emerged from World War I convinced that future conflicts would be won in the sky. Most outspoken was William Mitchell. At the Navy’s invitation, Mitchell took part in bomb strikes testing his views. Taking off from Langley Field, Virginia, in 1921, his planes dropped bombs on condemned warships. Direct hits sank some vessels. Near misses on the Ostjriesland, already wounded by the Navy’s experimental attacks, produced a fatal “water hammer” effect. Later he criticized War and Navy Departments for incompetence and advocated an independent Air Force. Continued attacks led to his court-martial in 1925. He died in 1936. The years mentioned are from the printed date of the photo. Photo may be from earlier years. Photo is set on a 6.75 x 10 page with some text from magazine.