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ARNOLD, Henry Harley (Hap) Papers (1905-1953)

.84 cu ft, 268 reels negative microfilm

Call Nos. 23101, 23061, 28039-28307, 168.65

IRIS Nos. 890087, 89070, 1028060

(1886-1950). General of the Air Force (formerly of the Army). USAAF, 1917-1946. Born 25 June 1886, Gladwyne, PA. BS, United States Military Academy, 1907. Army Industrial College, 1925; Command and General Staff School, 1929. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, June 1907, and served to the grade of Captain, 1907-1917; advanced to Major, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, June 1917. Career assignments include: Instructor, Signal Corps Aviation School, 1911-1912 (Aero Club of America land Plane Pilot Certificate No. 29, February 1911 and Expert Aviator Certificate No. 4, February 1912); various duties as a company and field grade officer, 1912-1917; Commanding Officer, 7th Aero Squadron, 1917; Air Officer, Ninth Corps Area, 1919-1922; Chief, Information Division, Office of the Chief of Air Service, 1925-1926; Commanding Officer, various air fields, 1929-1933; Assistant to Chief of Air Corps, 1935-1938; Chief of Air Corps, 1938-1941; Chief of the Army Air Forces, 1941-1942; Commanding General, USAAF, 1942-1946. Retired June 1946. Died 15 January 1950, Sonoma, CA. Author of Airmen and Aircraft (1926) and Global Mission (1949) and co-author of This Flying Game (1936), Winged Warfare (1941), and Army Flyer (1942). Arnold Engineering Development Center located at Arnold Air Force Station, TN are both named in his honor.

Personal and official papers relating to Arnold's military career. Includes personal correspondence between Arnold and his wife (1905-1945). Contains information on student days at West Point, early assignments, and his family. Includes official correspondence of USAAF during World War II era. Also contains some correspondence between Arnold and several political figures, with the Wright Brothers (1911-1915), and some materials on the history of the Air Force song.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include an oral history interview with Mrs Arnold with transcript (1969) and AC/AS Plans for Japan Occupation, 1944-1945.

Related materials located in the National Archives (Record Group 18) include other personal papers.