The air policies of the Government have been a target for attack ever since its failure during the war, in spite of a billion dollar expenditure, to provide an adequate number of American aeroplanes for the use of American aviators in France. The recent Shenandoah disaster and the long disappearance of the P N-9 on its way to Hawaii brought a new flood of criticism directed chiefly against the War and Navy Departments. This criticism was especially bitter on the part of Colonel William Mitchell, former Assistant Chief of the Army Air Service. Feeling among Army and Navy officers has run high and intemperate and exaggerated statements have been made on both sides.
Accordingly on September 13, at the suggestion of Secretary of the Navy ...