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and author of a widely recognized series of books and arti­
cles on Japanese military and aviation history and the World
War II era, including a work reviewed in the last issue of
this newsletter, Nomonhan: Japan against Russia, 1939, 2 vols.
(Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1985), and "The
Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Air Forces," in Air
Power and Warfare, edited by Alfred F. Hurley and Robert C.
Ehrhart (Washington, D.C.: Office of Air Force History and
U.s. Air Force Academy, 1979). In his paper, Prof. Coox will
be able not only to explain the role of air power in Japanese
theory and practice during the Sino-Japanese War, but also to
discuss the impact of Chinese and American air warfare on the
Japanese in the China Theater, with particular consideration-­
in connection with Ms. Byrd's presentation--of the role of
The first commentator will be Dr. Michael Schaller, Pro­
fessor and Head of the Department of History at the University
of Arizona, author of The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-1945
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1975). As an authority
on Sino-American relations during World War II, he will com­
ment on the political and diplomatic implications of the is­
sues raised in the two papers, including Chennault's contro­
versial role in the development and implementation of U.S.
strategy regarding China during the war.
Prof. Hurley, in his comments on the two papers, will fo­
cus on the military question of the role of air power in the
China Theater, comparing and contrasting its employment by
the Chinese, the Americans, and the Japanese. He will con­
clude the session with observations on the significance of
air power in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War
and the historical implications.
U.S. Air Force Historical Research Center Research Grants
The USAF Historical Research Center (USAFHRC) announces re­
search grants to encourage scholars to study the history of
air power through the use of the USAF historical document col­
lection at the center. The center will make several awards
up to $2,500 each to individuals who meet the criteria in
this announcement and are willing to visit the center for re­
search during fiscal year 1989 (ending 30 September 1989).
Recipients will be designated "Research Associates of the
USAF Historical Research Center."
Criteria.--Applicants must have a graduate degree in his­
tory or related fields, or equivalent scholarly achievements.
Their specialty or professional experience must be in aeronau­
tics, astronautics, or military related subjects. They must