D Day and the Air Campaign 1944
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From the beginning Eisenhower and the rest of the combined forces planners recognized that air power would be critical to success of Overlord. Experience had taught planners to avoid facing hostile air power over the battlefront. This meant that the Luftwaffe would have to be destroyed, but not at the price of sacrificing vitally needed air support missions for air superiority ones. The Allied air campaign for the invasion of Europe consisted of three phases. First, Allied fighters would attempt to destroy the Luftwaffe. The second phase called for isolating the battlefield by interdicting road and rail networks. Thirdly, once the invasion began, Allied air forces would concentrate on battlefield interdiction and close air support.15