KALBERER, ALBERT FREDERICH Papers. 1927-1977
Published January 17, 2008
6 cu ft
Call No. 168.7232
IRIS Nos. 1066376-1066499
(1907-1984). Major General. USAF, 1927-1963. Born 1 January 1907, Lafayette, IN. Special Commander's Course, 1947. Enlisted member, National Guard, 1925-1927; Flying Cadet, 1927-1928; commissioned Second Lieutenant, Air Reserve, June 1928. Resigned from active duty, May 1929; resumed active duty, December 1941. Career assignments include: various duties as company grade officer, 1927-1929; Commercial Pilot, General Tire and Rubber Company, 1929; Airmail Pilot, National Air Transport (redesignated Eastern Division, United Air Lines), 1929-1938; pilot, Royal Dutch Air Lines (KLM), 1938-1941; various duties as company and field grade officer, 1941-1952; Commander, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1952; Commander, 72nd Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1952-1955; Commander, 14th Air Division, 1955-1957; Deputy Commander, Fifteenth Air Force, 1957-1959; Vice Commander, HQ Continental Air Force, 1959-1961; Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe, 1961-1963; Special Assistant to Commander, Strategic Air Command, 1963. Retired 31 March 1963. Died 20 June 1984. Awarded Order of the British Empire, Military Division, 6 December 1943.
Personal and official papers relating to Kalberer's Air Force career as well as his prior flying experience as a commercial pilot during 1929-1941. Includes personal correspondence (1927-1978) and personal diaries (1941-1953). Also contains official correspondence and records including documents (in Dutch) pertaining Kalberer's position with KLM (1929-1963). Contains report on Air Traffic Control (1933), Fifteenth Air Force Report on Retention (1957) and a briefing on B-29 operations in the Mariannas (undated). Includes paper entitled "Air Power in the Atomic Age" (undated), and an analysis of "Another Anonymous Attack, Concept of Strategic Bombing" (undated). Contains an article by Kalberer entitled "Rush Order" (undated) and addresses given by Kalberer (1957-1958). Also includes reports on B-24D Gunnery Tests (1942). Contains several textbooks, manuals and guides including Combat Orders (1927); Military Law (1927); Pursuit Aviation (1934); airport and landing field guides, some in Dutch (1931-1937); air commerce regulations and miscellaneous information (1929-1935); Air Traffic Law, in Dutch (1935); KLM pilot's handbook, in Dutch (1936); Air Guide (1938); Basic Field Manual, An Extract of Combined Operating Signals (1943), Flight Operations Manual (1949-1950), and an English-Dutch dictionary. Also includes listing of the General Officers of the Army Air Corps, 15 September 1939. Contains several scrapbooks and mementoes including a pictorial history of The Air Battle of Ploesti (1944); The hellbird War Book (1944); a chronological history of the American soldier by the US Army with lithographs (1775-1965), and an overview of the history of the 58th Bomb Wing (undated). Also contains numerous news clippings and photographs spanning Kalberer's entire career including mission slides of World War II bombing (1944-1945). Contains personnel records including promotion certificates (1941-1955); a certificate awarding Kalberer the Order of the British Empire (1943); medical evaluations 91962), and biographical material (1962). Also contains flying logs and records including a scrapbook of Flight Profiles (1961-1962).
Access to isolated documents restricted by USAF administrative markings.
Related materials located in the Air University Library, include a copy of the USAAF's The Hellbirds. Also contains articles by and about Kalberer.