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The day the fighting ended, he recorded that he and another officer “had it fixed to go over lines before hostilities ceased on voluntary patrol. ”41 He spent the next three weeks observing the results of the fighting, much of the time from the air. While in France he had a “wonderful opportunity to see storehouses, machine shops, ordnance storehouses and hangars and repair shops. ”42 He submitted a report of his observations upon arrival in Paris, then spent part of his six days there visiting such sites as Versailles and Napoléon’s tomb.
Good mixer with civilians. 80 23 AMERICAN AIRPOWER COMES OF AGE As Arnold contemplated what lay ahead, his future must have appeared uncertain. Daughter Lois, now nearing 14, would soon be considering college, an expensive but not impossible aim for the daughter of a professional officer. His Army career would not be harmed by Patrick’s retirement in 1927 or by the appointment of Maj Gen James E. Fechet as chief of the Air Corps. Patrick’s damning fitness report of 1926 would be balanced by the laudatory ones earned at Fort Riley.
Patrick’s fairness in this period extended to ensuring that Billy Mitchell during his court-martial trial, had access to all Air Service documents he desired. ”54 A summary of Patrick’s thinking was embodied in a bill put before Congress in 1926. It would have provided for a single promotion list and budget for an Air Corps that would have reported to the Secretary of War rather than the General Staff. ,” cannot be specifically identified as ever having been uttered by the president, many of Arnold’s contemporaries felt that Calvin Coolidge and the Army General Staff could have prescribed it.