Curtis Emerson LeMay was born at Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1906.   General LeMay had a long and distinguished career with Air Power.  He completed pilot training and was commissioned in 1929.  His first years in the United States Air Force were in fighters.  He transferred to bombers in 1937.  The formation techniques that he developed were used extensively during World War II.  He led the famed Regensberg raid and later commanded both the 20th and the 21st Bomber commands with B-29's against the Japanese.   After the war, he was the first Deputy Chief of Air Staff for Research and Development.  He then commanded the United States Air Forces in Europe and organized  the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, General LeMay assumed the command of the newly formed Strategic Air Command (SAC).   General LeMay commanded SAC for nearly nine years.  From the remnants of World War II, he built an all-jet bomber force, manned and supported by professional airmen dedicated to the preservation of peace. In 1957, General LeMay was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and in 1961 he was appointed as the fifth chief of staff of the United States Air Force.  In 1968, General LeMay was the American Independent Party candidate for Vice President of the United States.  General LeMay and his wife, Helen, had been married 56 years at the time of his death on October 1, 1990..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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Curtis Emerson LeMay was born at Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1906. General LeMay had a long and distinguished career with Air Power.  He completed pilot training and was commissioned in 1929.  His first years in the United States Air Force were in fighters.  He transferred to bombers in 1937. The formation techniques that he developed were used extensively during World War II.  He led the famed Regensberg raid and later commanded both the 20th and the 21st Bomber commands with B-29's against the Japanese. After the war, he was the first Deputy Chief of Air Staff for Research and Development.  He then commanded the United States Air Forces in Europe and organized  the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, General LeMay assumed the command of the newly formed Strategic Air Command (SAC). General LeMay commanded SAC for nearly nine years.  From the remnants of World War II, he built an all-jet bomber force, manned and supported by professional airmen dedicated to the preservation of peace. In 1957, General LeMay was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and in 1961 he was appointed as the fifth chief of staff of the United States Air Force.  In 1968, General LeMay was the American Independent Party candidate for Vice President of the United States. General LeMay and his wife, Helen, had been married 56 years at the time of his death on October 1, 1990..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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