Trenchard’s foundations for Bomber Command, which are described in more detail in the post below, found a willing and determined disciple in Sir Arthur Harris. Harris was appointed C-in-C of Bomber Command in 1942.
The seeds of failure had been sown before Harris even took command: Trenchard’s theories were not correct ( it wasn’t possible to destroy a country with air power alone and the morale of the Germans did not break); and Bomber Command did not possess the technology to carry out their missions. Ill-equipped Blenheims limped across the channel as they struggled to find their targets through dense cloud ,heavy flak and nimble ME 109s.
“The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.”
-Sir Arthur Harris