From Wright Field, Ohio, to Hokkaido, Japan
General Curtis E. LeMay's Letters to His Wife Helen, 1941-1945
World War II - Military History
6 x 9, 455 pp.
5 b&w illus. Notes.
Pub Date: 10/01/2015
  paper
Price:        $34.95 s

978-1-68040-001-4

Published by University of North Texas Press

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From Wright Field, Ohio, to Hokkaido, Japan

General Curtis E. LeMay's Letters to His Wife Helen, 1941-1945

Benjamin Paul Hegi
Edited by Alfred F. Hurley
Foreword by John K. Hurley

In 1942, Colonel Curtis E. LeMay and his 305th Bomb Group left Syracuse, New York, bound for England, where they joined the Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force in war against Germany and her allies. Over the next three years LeMay led American air forces in Europe, India, China, and the Pacific against the Axis powers. His efforts yielded advancement through the chain of command to the rank of Major General in command of the XXIst Bomber Command, the most effective strategic bombing force of the war.

LeMay’s activities in World War II are well-documented, but his personal history is less thoroughly recorded. Throughout the war he wrote hundreds of letters to his wife, Helen, and daughter, Jane. They are published for the first time in this volume, woven together with meticulously researched narrative essays buttressed by both official and unofficial sources and supplemented with extensive footnotes. History remembers “LeMay, the Commander” well. From Wright Field, Ohio, to Hokkaido, Japan, will yield a better understanding of “LeMay, the Man.”

BEN HEGI earned a BA (history/English) from Texas A&M University and MA (history) from the University of North Texas. ALFRED F. HURLEY, Brigadier General, USAF, was President/Chancellor/Professor Emeritus of the University of North Texas. He earned a BA (history) from St. John’s University, and MA/PhD (history) from Princeton University.

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