CONDENSED SUMMARY OF AIR FORGES ACTIVITYIN THE MEDITERRANEAN THEATREThe successive achievements of the Air Forces in this Theatre which are listedbelow combine to illustrate the following three outstanding features in theiroperations:
They have carried on, practically simultaneously, the widest variety ofcombat air activities, - including six major amphibious operations,strategic bombing, ground support, interdiction of enemy communications,convoy protection, rear defense and supply dropping to Partisan formations.
Through their thoroughness and enterprise they have innovated and estab"" lished methods particularly in the field of tactical operations which havebeen of value in all our Theatres of War.
They have maintained a combined Allied command, the success of the operations having reflected the harmony of the combined direction and theefficiency which has resulted by reason of an assignment of aircraft byfunction rather than by nationality.A selection of the more significant achievements of these Air Forces wouldinclude:au The establishment of air superiority in North Africa in February, 1943
The interdiction of German supply lines to Tunisia.
The close support accorded to our armies during the last phase of theNorth African campaign.d. The reduction of Pantelleria.
The destruction of enemy air forces in Sicily,f. The reduction of enemy air opposition to our landings at Salerno, Anzio andin Southern France, On the first two occasions, in addition, soon afterthe landings, a major crisis was turned in our favor by a mass air attackagainst enemy concentration,.
The offensive against the Ploesti oilfields,h. Participation with the 8th Air Force in destroying the German airplaneindustry.
Operation "Strangle", - the systematic cutting of enemy lines of communication, an operation which played a large part in winning the battle of Rome,and the advance into Umbria and Tuscany.^. A large role in convoy defense and the anti-submarine war in theMediterranean.k. A programme of supply dropping to the Partisan formations in Yugoslavia,France, Northern Italy and Poland, and cooperation with the Russian forcesin SE Europe.For a more detailed account of these activities see Appendices as listed onthe next page.