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KUTER, LAURENCE SHERMAN Papers. 1917-1964

1.25 cu ft, 12 reels negative microfilm

Call No. 168.7012, 34162-34174

IRIS Nos. 1032837-1032849

(1905-1979). General. USAF, 1929-1962. Born 28 May 1905, Rockford, IL. BS, United States Military Academy, 1927. Air Corps Tactical School, 1935. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, June 1927; began duty with Air Corps, July 1929. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1929-1942; Deputy Chief of Air Staff, HQ USAAF, 1942; American Deputy Commander, Northwest African Tactical Air Force, 1943; Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Combat Operations, HQ USAFF, 1943-1945; Deputy Commander, USAAF-Pacific Ocean Area, 1945; Commanding General, Atlantic Division, Air Transport Command, 1945-1946; US Representative, International Civil Aviation Organization, 1946-1948; Commander, Military Air Transport Service, 1948-1951; Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, HQ USAF, 1951-1953; Commander, Air University, 1953-1955; Commander, Far East Air Forces, 1955-1957; Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Air Forces, 1957-1959; Commander, North American Air Defense Command, 1959-1962. Retired July 1962. Died 30 November 1979, Naples, FL. Author of Airman at Yalta (1955) and The Great Gamble (1973).

Personal and official papers relating to Kuter's Air Force career, primarily from World War II duties through his retirement in 1962. Includes official correspondence, memoranda and other related files (1917-1959), pertaining generally to his career and various Air Force duties. Also includes copies of reports on World War II bombing campaigns, sea blockade of Japan by aerial mining, Yalta Conference, creation of a separate Air Force, establishment of Military Air Transport Service, USAF personnel policies, the Quemoy crisis (1958), and air power and doctrine. Collection also contains speeches and writings by Kuter (1936-1972) primarily relating to the Military Air Transport Service, USAF personnel, Air University, and air doctrine. Includes clippings on expansion of the Army Air Corps (1939-1940) and a few photographs (1921-1938).

Some materials available on microfilm only. Originals at USAF Academy Library.
Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include an oral history interview with transcript (1974) and extracts of various reports and books concerning the military situation at the time of the Yalta Conference and the war against Japan, 1944-1945 (239.1617-1).