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Robert Merritt ©Stars and StripesGermany, October, 1947: Ever-present cigar in mouth, Lt. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, the new commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, listens to a report during an informal eight-hour tour of bases in Berlin and Bremen. LeMay, a key architect of the nation's bombing strategy in World War II, later served as Air Force chief of staff.

RELATED MATERIAL: Stars and Stripes' 1947 story about Lt. Gen. Curtis LeMay's tour of bases in Germany.

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