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BARNES, Earl Walter Papers (1925-1957)

1.8 cu ft

Call No. 168.6002

IRIS Nos. 1008110-1008159,1020666-1020690

(1902-1979). Lieutenant General. USAF, 1925-1957. Born 23 August 1902, Alliance, NE. BS, United States Military Academy, 1925. Air Corps Tactical School, 1937; Command and General Staff School, 1938. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1925-1941; Commanding Officer, 52nd Fighter Group, 1941-1942; Assistant Commandant, Air Defense Dept, USAAF School of Applied Tactics, 1942-1943; successively Deputy Commander and Commanding General, XIII Fighter Command, 1943-1945; Commandant, Air Command and Staff School, 1946-1949; Member (later Senior Member), Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, HQ USAF, 1950-1953; Chief of Staff, Far East Command, 1956-1957. Retired September 1957. Member, Board of National Estimates, Central Intelligence Agency, 1957-1971. Died 23 May 1979, McLean, VA.

Official papers relating to Barnes' duty in World War II, at Air Command and Staff School, and in Far East Command, primarily for 1943-1957. Includes official correspondence, reports and memoranda regarding movement of 52nd Fighter Group to the Canal Zone (1942). Also includes copies of official correspondence, reports, and memoranda relating to operations from Palawan, The Philippines, and from the Solomon Islands during World War II. Includes official correspondence, memoranda, and reports from tenure as Commandant, Air Command and Staff School (1946-1949) as well as copies of speeches delivered by visiting lecturers, Board of Visitors reports, class rosters, and other related materials. Contains correspondence and reports relating to air operations in the Korean War, particularly comparisons of F-86 and MiG aircraft. Also contains correspondence, reports, messages, memoranda, and telephone conversation summaries from tour with Far East Command on Okinawa (1956-1957). Contains materials on United States-Japanese relations, Japanese defense forces, status of force arrangements, and the Girard case (1957). Includes Barnes' observations on carrier task forces. Also includes various materials on Okinawa, Egypt, the Arctic, and many USAF conferences and symposia, primarily for 1953-1957. Also includes photographs and some copies of Barnes' personnel records (1933-1957).

Access to a few materials restricted by security classifications.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, AF Historical Research Agency include an oral history interview with transcript (1975).