General Curtis E. Lemay Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 15, 1906 in Columbus, Ohio
Died: October 1, 1990 in Riverside County, California
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Curtis Le May (1906-1990, born in Columbus, Ohio), was made Brigadier General in 1943 and Major General in 1944. In August 1944, he became Commander of the operating force of the 20th Air Force in the China-Burma-India theatre. In July 1945, Le May became Chief of Staff of General Spaatz' Strategic Air Forces, planning the atomic bomb missions. After the war, now Lieutenant General, he was named Commander of the air forces in Europe and directed the airlift of supplies to Berlin, under blockade by Soviet forces, in Germany in 1948. Le May became General in 1951 and served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1961 to 1965. The hawkish LeMay, who retired from active service in 1965, was reportedly the model for General Jack Ripper in the black comedy, Dr Strangelove. LeMay was the running mate of Alabama Governor George Wallace in the Presidential Election of 1968.   

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