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RYAN, WILLIAM ORD Papers. 1916-1977

2.3 cu ft

Call No. 168.7080

IRIS Nos. 1022374-1022464

(1891-1980). Major General. USAAF, 1917-1946. Born 10 August 1891, San Antonio, TX. BS, United States Military Academy, 1914. Signal Corps Aviation School, 1917; Command and General Staff School, 1927; Air Corps Tactical School, 1933; Army War College, 1939. Commissioned Additional Second Lieutenant, Cavalry, June 1914 and served to the grade of Major, 1914-1921; with duty in the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, 1917-1921; Major, Field Artillery, 1921-1927; resumed duty in Air Corps, July 1927. Career assignments include: various duties as field grade officer, 1927-1940; Chief of Staff, Hawaiian Air Force, 1940-1941; Commanding General, Pacific Division, Air Transport Command, 1942-1946. Retired September 1946. Died 11 March 1980, Monterey, CA.

Personal and official papers from Ryan's command of Pacific Division, Air Transport Command, 1942-1946. Includes some personal correspondence relating generally to his USAAF career. Also includes official correspondence on organization, operations, personnel, morale and trans-Pacific air traffic control. Also includes reports and messages on air-sea search following disappearance of General Harmon's plane in the Central Pacific in 1945 and the itinerary for Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to the South Pacific, 1943-1944.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include an oral history interview with transcript (1977).

Access to some documents restricted by security classifications.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include oral history interviews with transcripts (1971, 1979).