Event Information
Theater for the New City Presents
Daylight Precision
Friday, February 21, 2014 through Sunday, March 16, 2014

Historical drama examines just war theories through an unsung hero of World War II, Gen. Haywood Hansell.

Length: 1 hr 50 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

“Daylight Precision” by Douglas Lackey takes us back to World War II and into the great moral controversies involving strategic bombing. Should we bomb cities, or military targets? The United States began by avoiding cities but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell and “Bomb them back to the Stone Age” Curtis LeMay. Lackey writes, “700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost his command to LeMay. Hansell is the unsung tragic hero of World War II.”

The play deals philosophically with the evolution of U.S. precision bombing strategies and the issues that shaped it. Hansell was the key and largely unsung Army Air Force planner who accurately forecast the material needs of the air war in Europe and the time frame for the invasion of the continent by the Allies. Trained in the Air Corps Tactical School between the wars, he became a member of a group known as the "Bomber Mafia" who promoted daylight precision bombing of military, not civilian, targets and advocated for an independent Air Force. Throughout his career, Hansell opposed bombing civilian targets as morally repugnant and militarily unnecessary. His steadfast moral support of precision bombing led to his dismissal from command of Allied air forces in the Pacific in January 1945. He was succeeded by General Curtis LeMay, who designed the catastrophic firebombing raids on Japanese cities. Anyone who wonders how Hiroshima and Nagasaki came about will learn the answer from "Daylight Precision."

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