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Hale, Willis Henry (1893-1961)


Photograph of W.H.Hale

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

Hale commanded the Air Force detachment at Midway during the historic battle. Succeeding to command of 7 Air Force after its commander, Clarence Tinker, went missing in action in a raid on Wake, Hale led the air forces that supported Spruance during the Central Pacific offensive, personally leading a long-range strike against Nauru.  However, 7 Air Force was never given a strong bomber component, and it tended to be overshadowed by the carrier forces of Pacific Fleet.

Hale frequently clashed with Hoover over tactics. Hale favored high-altitude bombing with massed formations, so that the planes were out of antiaircraft range. Hoover believed that precision bombing at lower altitude was the better tactic. To some extent, the rift reflected the general antipathy felt towards Hoover, a Navy aviator, by the Army Air Forces in the Pacific.

Service record

1893     

Born
1934
Colonel     
Commander, 2 Bombardment Group, Langley Field
1935

Executive officer, 2 Wing, Langley Field
1936

Army War College
1937

Executive officer, 19 Wing, Panama Canal
1938

Commander, 16 Pursuit Group, Panama Canal
1939

Inspector general, General Headquarters Air Force, Langley Field
1940

Chief of staff, Southeast Air District, MacDIll Field
1941

Chief of staff, 3 Air Force, Tampa
1941

Joint Planning Group, Defense of Northeast Brazil
1941-12-16

Commander, III Interceptor Command, Drew Field
1942-1-23
Major general       Commander, VII Bomber Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii
1942-6-20     

Commander, 7 Air Force, Hickam Field
1944

Commander, Air, Forward Areas, Central Pacific (Task Force 59)
1945

Commander, Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas
1945-7-6     

Commander, 4 Air Force, San Francisco
1947

Commander, Caribbean Air Command
1949

Commander, 9 Air Force, Langley AFB
1950

Commander, 1 Air Force, Mitchel AFB
1950

Commander, Continental Air Command, Mitchel AFB
1952

Retires

References

Craven and Cate (1950; accessed 2012-5-22)

Dupuy et.al. (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-3-7)

Prados (1995)



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