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March 8, 1963
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nsvrr- srllTl1ITh ~IAI 'GKN CEORCR DO6TER Principols tell inside story of Bay of Pigs inv.asi " olk" 1 ff j CPY..G:HT BY PETER REICH Avlatbe Writ., A single American jet fighter might have turned the tide of v i c t o r y in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, a retired air force gen- eral said today. He is Maj. Gen. David W. Hutchinson, now an oil man in ')klahoma City. Hutchinson was commanding general of the 9th tactical air force at Shaw air base in South Carolina in 1961. The 9th air force had super- vision of the Alabama Air Na- tional guard. Brig. Gen. G. Reid Doster, the guard's com- manding general, has been identified as in charge of tac- "If what I have read In the newspapers Is true=that 'the invaders' bomber, force ,was. de= guns=then one,,; air 'force ". let has.? -aelr r pP. a C! Following disclosure in Chicagds American idf the { role American flyers played in the ill-fated Cubist h.ve-} j lion of 1961, Maj. Gen. David W. Hutchinson Cret J:#or the first time spoke out on the part he had in the opa'u- tion. Chicago's American interviewed' the general,,by long-distance telephone. driven B-26 bombers, but he bama air national guard tools: asserted; .leaves of absence in 1961 to. "It is my personal opinion that a qualified officer like Gen. Duster would not have sent un- protected B-26s against prob- able jet fighter interception." 'Explaisoll Mission' Gen. Hutchinson insisted that the regular ai r , force had noth- ing to do with the Bay of Pigs operation. Ho/'ever, he said, "Gen. Doster Aare to me and explained. what his. mission was. from the Central Inteliigetncei agency [CIA]. 'Five of Men Killed' Gen. Hutchinson relatedi "Gen. Doster. came to my j office and asked if he and about a dozen of his B-26 pilots could be given leave so they might go out of the country, for four or five months.";The took y their leaves' on. civil status. Gen.: Hutrhaupn said five "When Gen..Doster?got.back, American 'lt'Ntt,:were killed he_sawme`first~beforehe while flying. fir the,:,xabels talked to anyone , e,was heart- s tin .. _a bi ken . % ive of is men . hirt er Ylen : l outer v ?ould: lilts CDifnii