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Armstrong, Frank Alton Jr. (1902-1969)


Photograph of Frank A. Armstrong

U.S. Air Force

Armstrong commanded the first U.S. heavy bomber mission in Europe, the first U.S. heavy bomber mission over Germany, and the last heavy bomber mission over Japan. His experiences over Germany became the basis for the book Twelve O'Clock High by Bierne Lay Jr. and Sy Bartlett. His missions over Japan targeted primarily petroleum refineries.

Following the end of the war, in November 1945, Armstrong led the first non-stop flight from Hokkaido to Washington, D.C. Armstrong retired with over 11,000 hours of flying timed logged, including time in the B-47 Stratojet.

Service record

1902-5-4      
     
Born at Hamilton, North Carolina
1923

Bachelor of laws, Wake Forest College
1925

Bachelor of science, Wake Forest Collegeb
1928-2

Flight school
1929-3
Second lieutenant     
2 Bombardment Group
1930-1

Flying instructor's school
1931-2

Flying instructor, March Field
1931-12

Flying instructor, Randolph Field
1934-1

Chief pilot, Air Corps mail operations, Salt Lake City
1934-12

78 Pursuit Squadron
1937-3

13 Bombardment Squadron
1939-11
Lieutenant colonel      
Commander, 13 Attack Squadron
1939

Air Corps Tactical School
1940

Commander, 13 Bombardment Squadron
1940-11

Military observer, United Kingdom
1941-2

90 Bombardment Squadron
1941-4

Staff, 3 Interceptor Command
1941-8

Assistant of Staff for Operations & Training (A-3), U.S. Army Air Forces
1942

Staff, 8 Bomber Command
1942-2
Colonel
Commander, 97 Bombardment Group
1942

Liaison officer, 1 Bombardment Wing
1943

Commander, 306 Bombardment Group
1943
Brigadier general     
Commander, 101 Provisional Combat Wing
1943-6-15     

Commander, 1 Bombardment Wing
1943-8-1

Commander, 46 Bombardment Operational Training Wing
1944

Commander, 17 Bombardment Operational Training Wing
1944-11-18     

Commander, 315 Bombardment Wing
1946

Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations & Training (A-3), Pacific Air Command
1946-9

Senior air advisor, Armed Forces Staff College
1948-6

Deputy commander, Alaskan Air Command
1948

Chief of staff, Alaskan Air Command
1950-7
Major general
Commander, Alaskan Air Command
1951-1

Commander, Sampson Air Force Base
1951-5

Commander, 6 Air Division
1952-10

Commander, 2 Air Force
1956-7

Commadner, Alaskan Air Command
1956-9
Lieutenant general
Commander, Alaskan Command
1957

Commander, Alaskan Air Command
1961

Retires
1969-8-20

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2013-11-14)

Pettibone (2006)

U.S.Air Force (accessed 2013-11-14)


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