- Gen Eisenhower sent 160,000 troops to land on the beaches in Normandy
- Casualty expectations were upwards of 50%
- Yet … casualties during the first day – while significant – were only 7,000
…Dwight Eisenhower and his newly-commissioned son John were watching hundreds of vehicles moving “bumper to bumper” over the roads of northern France. “You’d never get away with this if you didn’t have air supremacy,” John said. “If I didn’t have air supremacy,” Eisenhower responded, “I wouldn’t be here.” Eisenhower recognized that he had something that went far beyond conventional “air superiority.” His air forces so dominated the Nazis that, to a great extent, the surface combat forces did not have to really concern themselves about enemy air intentions.
Michael M. Dunn
Air Force Association