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The primary objective of the Scouting Force was to get the bombers through the weather to the target for the most effective bombing effort. To accomplish this, a number of specific actions were required. These were: • helping the Squadrons, Groups, Wings and Divisions to form up over England • leading the bomber stream through bad weather • appraising the mission commander of weather at the primary, secondary, & tertiary targets • helping tighten bomber formations • defending the bomber stream against enemy fighters. Barely 5 missions into the experiment, General Doolittle knew he had a winner and authorized a Scouting Force for each Air Division. The paper wheels began to turn and on 14 August 1944, 2nd Scouting Force Commander, Lt. Col. John A Brooks III, reported to Steeple Morden for training with the Experimental Scouts. On 25 August, Lt. Col. Vincent W. Masters of the 385th Bomb Group was chosen as 3rd Scouting Force Commander. Colonel Budd Peaslee was, of course, to lead the 1st Scouting Force.

 

 

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