ROYCE, RALPH Papers. 1917-1946

.96 cu ft

Call No. 168.609

IRIS Nos. 124331-124337

Major General. USAAF, 1916-1949. Born in Marquette, MI. BS, United States Military Academy, 1914. Signal Corps Aviation School, 1915; (Aero Club of America Land Plane Pilot Certificate No. 393, January 1916); Air Corps Tactical School, 1927; Command and General Staff School, 1928; Army War College, 1934. Served to grade of Second Lieutenant, Infantry, 1914-1916; began duty in Aviation Section, Signal Corps, May 1916. Career assignments include: Commanding Officer, 1st Aero Squadron, 1917-1918; Commanding Officer, various units and installations, 1920-1937; Commanding Officer, 7th Bomb Group, 1939-1941; Commanding General, Southeastern Training Center, 1942-1943; Commanding General, US Forces - Middle East, 1943-1944; Commanding General, First Tactical Air Force (Provisional), 1944-1945; Commanding General, Personnel Distribution Command, 1945. Retired June 1946. Died at Homestead AFB, FL.

Personal papers relating to Royce's military career. Includes a personal collection of scrapbooks (1920-1940) and numerous photographs (1916-1946). Contains material on a 1934 flight by Royce to Alaska, clippings on various aviation events (1920-1940), and numerous photographs of Air Service personnel and aircraft. Also includes a diary and some letters by Lt John F. Richards pertaining to the Battle of the Argonne, 1917-1918.