Marine Corps Aviation: Keith McCutcheon and Close Air Support

Carl | October 23, 2012 

In this interview, Lt. General Philip D. Shutler (USMC Ret) and other Marines talk about the development of close air support tactics and how General Keith McCutcheon introduced new ideas in air/ground cooperation into Marine aviation after World War II.

In 1945, McCutcheon served as operations officer of MAG-24. During this period he developed the first comprehensive Marine Corps doctrine for providing close air support over a mechananized battlfield allowing local ground commanders to directly request, control ,and direct aircraft on to targets while the battle was in progress. Though modified by technology, McCutcheon’s doctrine of for flexible responsive close air support remains the basis of Marine Corps close air support doctrine.

For more information about this video #10285, please contact the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, VA.

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