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My report is on the trial one of the all-time greatest pilots of the early nineteen-hundreds Billy Mitchell Billy became the first uniformed pilot to fly over enemy lines He commanded one-thousand five-hundred fifty allied planes He set the air speed record for that period of time of a screaming two-hundred and twenty-four point five miles per hour He went on trial for speaking out about the Navy Mitchell promised Congress and the rest of the world as well as the Army that him and all of his men would be the first to sink a battleship No airplane had ever crippled a battleship not to mention sunk one But Mitchell was certain that him and his men could accomplish this goal Mitchells bombers did hit the 546-foot dreadnought But she didnt sink Billy Mitchell then had his men purposely miss by as much as fifty feet He knew that the violent movement of water would split the ships hull like a nut The ship could not handle the fatal blow and sunk This would be one of Billy Mitchells biggest accomplishments and a first step towards trying to prove that the nation needed an improved defense system Billy Mitchell would tell what would and later did happen if the defense system was not changed He foresaw the ascent of bombers and the decline of battleships but most of all the attack on Pearl Harbor He warned that if US ships at Pearl Harbor were to be found bottled up in a surprise attack from the air and our airplanes destroyed on the ground nothing but a miracle would enable us to hold our Far East possessions Billy Mitchell went on trial a little while later with charges of insubordination under the Ninety-Sixth Article of War It mandated court-martial for any servicemen bringing discredit upon the military service Which Billy Mitchell did after the crash
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