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Gilkeson, Adlai H. (1893-1959)

Gilkeson was a pioneering Army aviator and graduate of the Air Tactical School and Command and General Staff School who, like many career officers of his generation, worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. This was valuable training for many officers who would later oversee the enormous wartime expansion of the Army.

Gilkeson commanded an air base in the Panama Canal Zone when war broke out, but was transferred to China in early 1944 to command 312 Fighter Wing. He later served on the staff of 10 Air Force.

Service record

1893-1-25     

Born at Lansdale Pennsylvania
1915-6-12
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from West Point. 11 Infantry Regiment
1916-7-1
First lieutenant

1916-9

Flight school
1917-5
Major
1 Aero Squadron
1917-7

Commandant, School of Military Aeronautics, Princeton University
1917-9

Chanute Field
1918-1

Rich Field
1918-4

Wilbur Wright Field
1918-8

Chanute Field
1919-1

Commander, 217 Aero Squadron
1919-4

Hazelhurst Field
1919-10

60 Infantry Regiment
1920-8

Executive officer, Carlstrom Field
1921-7

Commander, Clark Field/Commander, 3 Pursuit Squadron
1923-7

Professor of Military Science and Tactics, MIT
1925-9

Chemical Warfare School
1925-11

Air Force Liaison, Chemical Warfare School
1928-6

Air Corps Engineering Schol
1929-7

Chief, Equipment Branch, Air Corps Materiel Division
1931-9

Air Corps Tactical School
1932-6

Executive officer, 1 Pursuit Group
1934-11

Organized Reserves, 8 Corps Area
1935-3
Lieutenant colonel     
Commander, 8 Pursuit Group
1938-9

Command and General Staff School
1939-6

Commander, Albrook Field/Commander, 12 Pursuit Wing
1940-3-1
Colonel

1942-2-17     
Brigadier general
1942-3

Commander, 26 Interceptor Command
1942-10

Commander, 3 Fighter Command
1944-3

Commander, 312 Fighter Wing
1944-10

10 Air Force

References

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