CANNON, John Kenneth Papers (1935-1946)

5.42 cu ft

Call No. 168.6007

IRIS Nos. 00123842-00123885

(1892-1955). General. USAF, 1921-1954. Born 9 March 1892, Salt Lake City, UT. BS, Utah Agricultural College, 1914. Air Corps Tactical School, 1936; Command and General Staff School, 1937. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry Section, Officer Reserve Corps, November 1917; began duty as First Lieutenant, Air Service, April 1921. Career assignments include: various duties as company and field grade officer, 1921-1941; Chief of Staff, First Air Force, 1941-1942; Commanding General, 1st Fighter Command, 1942; Deputy Commanding General, Allied Tactical Air Force, Sicilian Campaign and Invasion of Italy, 1943; Commanding General, Twelfth Air Force and Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, 1945; Commanding General, US Air Forces in Europe, 1945-1946; various command positions, 1946-1954. Retired March 1954. Died 12 January 1955, Arcadia, CA. Cannon AFB, NM named in his honor.

Official papers relating to Cannon's Air Force career, primarily for 1943-1945. Includes folders of official correspondence between Cannon and Generals Eisenhower, Arnold, and Spaatz. Also includes materials on various World War II operations (1943-1945) and US Strategic Air Forces in Europe (1942-1945). Contains some materials on 1944 meeting of General Cannon and the Russian General Nitkin relating to US Military Mission. Also contains copies of various reports and published materials on the German Air Force (1943-1945).