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DARGUE, Herbert Arthur Papers (1862-1941)

6.6 cu ft

Call No. 168.7119

IRIS No. 1031221-1031315

(1886-1941). Brigadier General. USAAF, 1914-1941.

Born 17 November 1886, Brooklyn, NY. BS, United States Military Academy, 1911. Air Service Engineering School, 1920; Command and General Staff School, 1924; Army War College, 1929; Naval War College, 1930. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Coast Artillery Corps, June 1911; detailed as First Lieutenant, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, July 1914. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1914-1939, including Flight Commander of the Pan American Flight, 1926-1927; Assistant to Chief of Air Corps, 1940-1941; Commanding General, First Air Force, 1941. Died 12 December 1941 in an aircraft accident in vicinity of Bishop, CA.

Personal and official papers relating to Dargue's Army Air Corps career, concentrating on his early flying duties (1913) through his participation in the Pan American Flight and subsequent Goodwill Tours of the States (1926-1927). Includes personal and official correspondence (1931-1940). Also includes documents relating to the proposed creation of the "Flying Corps" (1913-1914) and the subsequent investigation into the mismanagement of the Aviation Section by the Signal Corps (1914-1916). Includes a report on the History of the US Army Air Service (1862-1920) and the War Department Committee Report on Organization of Air Service (1923). Contains extensive material including correspondence, plans, messages, photographs, news clippings, diaries, personal remembrances and the final report on the Pan American Flight (1926-1927) and the following Goodwill Tours of the States (1927). Also contains the New York Times series "30 Years in the Air" (1909-1939); various articles, including one written by Dargue, on the use of air power in national defense (1924-1934), and an article on the amphibian airplane (1927). Includes miscellaneous photographs (1922-1940), biographical information (1940) as well as personnel and flying records (1907-1941).

One document on microfilm only. Originals returned to Air Force History Support Office.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include biographical material on, a photograph of, and an article written by Dargue, as well as reference to Dargue in an oral history interview by General Laurence S. Kuter and correspondence with Dargue in the personal papers of Brigadier General Harold A McGinnis (168.70032).

Related materials located in the Air University Library includes articles written by and about Dargue (Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, 1927-1941).