Wars and Conflicts:
World War II
H x W: 20 in. / 24 in.
Gift of the United States Air Force
From ca. 2013: The Army and Navy Club, gift of the United States Air Force
As Commanding General of the Army Air Forces in World War II, Hap Arnold was determined to field an extremely long-range bomber—the B-29 Superfortress—that could strike Japan from U.S. bases hundreds of miles from the Japanese coast. Arnold established the Twentieth Air Force in April 1944 and commanded the B-29 campaign against Japan from Washington, D.C., a remarkable leap forward in tactical, operational and communication technology.