General LeMay

General LeMay had a long and distinguished career with Air Power. He completed air training and was commissioned in 1929. His first years in the USAF were in fighters. Then 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 21st bombers 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 U.S. Air Forces in Europe and organized the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, General LeMay assumed the command of the newly formed Strategic Air Command (SAC).

In 1957, General LeMay was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and in 1961 was appointed Chief of Staff. General LeMay and his wife Helen, had been married 56 years at the time of his death on October 1, 1990.

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General LeMay led The Strategic Air Command for almost 9 years.