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Power, Thomas Sarsfield (1905-1970)


Photograph of Thomas S. Power
U.S. Air Force

Power commanded 314 Bombardment Wing during the strategic bombing campaign against Japan. He led the devastating firebombing raid against Tokyo on 9/10 March 1945. Described by Frank (1999) as "dynamic but autocratic" and by Tillman (2010) as "an intelligent, competent officer almost totally lacking in people skills", he seems to have been a kindred spirit to Curtis LeMay, who he succeeded as commander of Strategic Air Command during the Cold War.

Service record

1905     

Born in New York City
1928-2-17

Air Corps Flying School
1929-2
Second lieutenant     

1938
Colonel     
Flying instructor, Randolph Field, Texas
1940

Air Corps Tactical School
1940

Stage commander, Randolph Field, Texas
1941

Assistant operations officer, Moffet Field
1942

Training inspection officer, Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, Fort Worth, Texas
1943

Deputy commander, 40 Bombardment Group, Pratt Field, Kansas
1943

Assistant chief of staff for operations and training, 2 Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1944

Executive officer, 304 Bombardment Wing, Italy
1944

Deputy commander, 304 Bombardment Wing, Italy
1944-8-29
Brigadier general    
Commander, 314 Bombardment Wing
1945-8-1     

Assistant chief of staff for operations and training, Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific, Harmon Field, Guam
1945

Staff, Joint Task Force 1, Operation CROSSROADS
1946

Commander, Technical Division, Air Training Command, Barksdale Field, Louisiana
1947

Deputy Assistant Chief of the Air Staff for Operations and Training, Headquarters, Army Air Forces
1947

Chief, Training Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, Air Force
1948

Chief, Requirements Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, Air Force
1948

Air attaché, London
1948

Vice commander, Strategic Air Command
1954

Commander, Air Research and Development Command
1957

Commander, Strategic Air Command
1964-11-30     

Retires
1970-12-6

Dies

References

Air Force Link (accessed 2009-2-26)
Frank (1999)
Generals.dk (accessed 2009-2-26)
Pettibone (2006)

Tillman (2010)



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