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Henry H. Arnold project, 1959-1960

Project: Henry H. Arnold project,
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Phys. Desc. :Transcripts: 1,726 leaves.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Scope and Contents

The life of the late General Henry H. Arnold (1886-1950), first Commander of the Army Air Forces, as related by his associates. Included are interviews with veteran Air Force officers throughout the country and with retired Royal Air Force officers in Great Britain who worked with General Arnold during World War II. Primary emphasis is on Arnold's role in the Air Forces, his relations with associates, problems encountered and his contributions to the development of military aviation, which includes a wealth of material valuable to Air Force historians. The material deals with Arnold as a student at West Point, as infantry officer in the Philippines, as student pilot under Orville Wright, as close associate of General William Mitchell, as Chief of the Army Air Corps, and as Commanding General of the Air Forces and member of the Combined Chiefs of Staff during World War II. Participants and pagination: Orvil A. Anderson, 113; Eleanor Pool (Mrs. Henry H.) Arnold, 108; John Leland Atwood, 26; Eugene Beebe, 80; James Henry Burns, 26; Charles P. Cabell, 59; Benjamin Castle, 77; Frederick Warren Conant, 28; Donald Wills Douglas, 137; Ira C. Eaker, 184; Grandison Gardner, 54; Robert Ellsworth Gross, 29; W. Averell Harriman, 60; Sir Arthur Harris, 85; James Howard Kindelberger, 57; Frank P. Lahm, 33; Robert Abercrombie Lovett, 69; Leroy Lutes, 32; Thomas D. Milling, 100; A.C. Peterson, 31; Elwood Quesada, 18; Arthur Emmons Raymond, 24; Sir Henry Self, 56; Sir John Slessor, 38; Carl Spaatz, 80; Henry Wyman Strangman, 38; Hayden Wagner, 35; Kenneth B. Wolfe, 49.

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