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Royce, Ralph G. (1890-1965)


Photograph of General Ralph G. Royce

Australian War Memorial #012607

Ralph Royce completed flight training in time for the First World War, in which he rose to the temporary rank of lieutenant colonel. Postwar, he was returned to permanent rank of major, then discharged and reappointed as a captain due to a Congressional limit on the number of serving majors. A graduate of the Air Corps Tactical School and the Army War College,he was the operation officer for the Alaska Flight in 1934 that won the Mackay Trophy.

Royce commanded the air forces at Townsville following the Japanese seizure of Rabaul. He failed to impress Kenney, who relieved him as part of the general shake up of the U.S. air forces in the Southwest Pacific in mid-1942. Royce received no further postings in the Pacific.

Service record

1890-6-28     

Born at Marquette, Michigan
1914-6-12
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from West Point
1915-5-16
First lieutenant
Completes pilot training
1917-5-15
Captain
Commander, 1 Aero Squadron, France
1918-6-18
Major  

1918-8-14
Lieutenant colonel

1920-7-1
Major

1922-12-18     
Captain
Discharged and reappointed
1923-7-11
Major

1927

Air Corps Tactical School
1928

Command and General Staff School
1934

Army War College
1934
Lieutenant colonel     
Commander, 1 Pursuit Group
1937

Air Officer, Philippine Department
1939

Commander, 7 Bombardment Group
1940-3-1
Colonel

1941-4-7
Brigadier general     
1941-5

Assistant military attaché, United Kingdom
1941-7

Military attaché for air, United Kingdom
1942-2-24

Chief of staff, Air, U.S. Forces in Australia
1942-5

Senior air officer, Allied Air Forces, Southwest Pacific
1942-6-15
Major general

1942-9

Commander, Southeastern Training Center, Maxwell Field, Alabama
1943-4-18     

Commander, 1 Air Force
1943-9-10

Commander, U.S. Army Forces, Middle East
1944-3

Deputy commander, 9 Air Force
1944-10-20

Commander, 1 Provisional Tactical Air Force
1945-2

Commander, Personnel Distribution Command
1946-6-30

Retires
1965

Dies

References

Fogerty (1953; accessed 2013-4-15)
generals.dk (accessed 2013-4-15)
Pettibone (2007)



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