JOHNSON, LEON WILLIAM Papers. 1948-1952

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Call No. 168.7168

IRIS Nos. 890842, 892983, 10134104

(1904-1997). General. USAF, 1929-1965. Born 13 September 1904, Columbia, MO. BS, United States Military Academy, 1926; MS, CIT, 1936. Air Corps Tactical School, 1939. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, 1926; began duty in Air Corps, March 1929. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1926-1940; Commanding Officer, 10th Reconnaissance Squadron, 1940-1941; Commanding Officer, III Air Support Command, 1941-1942; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Eighth Air Force, 1942-1943; Commanding Officer, 44th Bomb Group, January - September 1943; successively Commanding Officer and Commanding General, 14th Combat Wing, 1943-1945; Chief, Personnel Services, HQ AAF, 1945-1946; Deputy to the Assistant Chief of Staff, HQ AAF, 1946-1947; Commanding General, Fifteenth Air Force, 1947-1948; Commanding General, 3rd Air Division (redesignated Third Air Force, May 1951), 1948-1952; additional duty as Chief, Military Assistance Group, United Kingdom, 1951-1952; Commanding General, Continental Air Command, 1952-1956; additional duty as Senior Air Force Member, Military Staff Committee, United Nations, 1953-1956; US Representative to North Atlantic Military Committee, Military Representatives Committee and Standing group, NATO, 1956-1958; Air Deputy to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, HQ SHAPE, 1958-1961. Retired 31 July 1961, recalled September 1961. Director, Net Evaluation Subcommittee Staff, National Security Council, 1961-1965. Retired 30 April 1965. Died 10 November 1997.

Personal and official papers relating to Johnson's Air Force career, specifically during his assignment to the 3rd Air Division (later Third Air Force) from 1948-1952. Contains his diary including Letter Orders of Instructions (1948), memoranda (1948-1949) and daily accounts of his activities (1948-1952) relating to the interface between the British and the Americans in their effort to establish an American military presence in the post-war years.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include oral history interviews with transcripts (1961, 1964), lectures by Johnson, 1954 and 1955, (K239.716254-36, K239.716255-23) and an interview on film, 1965.

Related materials located in the Air University Library, include articles by and about Johnson.