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WALSH, Robert L., Papers. 1918 - 1957

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Call Nos. 167.7147 (MICFILM 34141), 167.4115-8

IRIS Nos. 1032816, 912637

(1894-1985). Major General in USAF from 1920 until 1953. Born on 25 July 1894 in Walla Walla, Washington. Received his BS degree at the U.S. Military Academy in 1916. He completed Air Service Engineering School in 1922, Air Corps Tactical School in 1928, Command and General Staff School in 1929, Army Industrial College in 1939, and Army War College in 1940. 

In June of 1916, Walsh was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Calvary and served until the grade of Captain in 1920 when he transferred to Air Service in July. Career assignments included various duties company and field grade officer from 1920 until 1942, commander of South Atlantic Wing, Air Transport Command from 1942 until 1944, parallel assignments as Commanding General of Eastern Command of the US Strategic Air Forces-Europe and a member of US Military Mission to Moscow from May through November of 1944, Special Assistant to Commanding General of USAAF for Latin American Affairs and US Member of Inter-American Defense Board from 1944 until 1946, Commanding General of XII Tactical Air Command from 1946 until 1947, Directory of Intelligence for European Command from 1947 until 1948, and member of the Permanent Joint Board of Defense for Canada-United States from 1948 until 1953. Walsh retired in February 1953 and died on 23 June 1965 in Washington, DC.

Records contain personal and official papers and correspondence (1928, 1947 through 1957). A report of the Poltava Mission of 1944 is enclosed which documents the use of Russian airfields by US aircraft in order to allow American shuttle-bombing of enemy held territory. Numerous photographs and several speeches from 1944 are included. Also comprised are military assignment orders and awards from 1918 until 1952 and personal reports of officers stationed at Washington, D.C., Mather Field in California, McCook Field in Ohio, Bolling Field in D.C., and Albrook Field in the Canal Zone during September 1918 through September 1933.

Related materials are located in K239.293 (WALSH), IRIS number 482153 and elsewhere in the archive of the Air Historical Research Agency.