GODDARD, George William Jr. Papers (1917-1969)
Published January 17, 2008
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Call No. 168.7156
IRIS No. 1037119-1037121
(1889-1987). Brigadier General. USAF, 1917-1953.
Born 15 June 1889, Tunbridge Wells, England. Keuka Institute, 1909-1911. Officers School in Aerial Photography, US School of Military Aeronautics, Cornell U, 1918. Private, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, 1917-1918; commissioned Second Lieutenant, Air Service, August, 1918. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, primarily in aerial photography and mapping, 1917-1945; Chief, Photographic Laboratory, Air Materiel Command, 1945-1951; Chief, Photographic Reconnaissance Laboratory, Wright Air Development Center, 1951-1952; Director of Reconnaissance, Operations Division, HQ Allied Air Forces, Southern, Northern then Central Europe, 1952-1953. Retired June 1949; recalled July 1949; retired July 1953. Chief, Military and Aerial Photographic Division, Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, 1953-1958; Special Assistant to the President, Itek Corporation, 1958. Author of Overview: A Life-Long Adventure in Aerial Photography (1969). Died 20 September 1987.
Personal papers of Goddard's Air Force and civilian careers. Includes news clippings, photographs and personal memorabilia relating to the historical development of aerial photography, specifically in military application, and Goddard's efforts in fostering its development (1917-1969). Also includes black and white negatives of his collection.
Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include an oral history interview with transcript (no date), a letter (1938), a report (1955), and excerpts of a speech (1964) written by Goddard on aerial photography; reference to Goddard in the oral history interviews of Lieutenant General Gordon Blake (1967) and Lieutenant General James Doolittle (1969), and an article written about Goddard (1963).
Related materials located in the Air University Library include copies of the book written by Goddard (1969), documents on Goddard and aerial photography and several articles written about Goddard's achievements (1970-1975, see AUL Index to Military Periodicals).