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Wolfe, Kenneth Bonner (1896-1971)


Photograph of Kenneth B. Wolfe

U.S. Air Force

Wolfe was a brilliant engineer who became the project director for development of the B-29 Superfortress. He later organized 20 Bomber Command, but he lacked operational experience and was unable to achieve results from the Chinese bases. The lingering teething troubles with the B-29s gave Arnold an excuse to return Wolfe to the States to help work the bugs out, and Wolfe held no further operational commands during the war.

Service record

1896     

Born at Denver, Colorado
1918-1
Private first class
Enlists in teh Signal Reserve Corps
1918-7
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned into the Air Service
1919-7

Officer in charge of flying, Souther Field, Georgia
1920-1

Chief engineer officer, Air Intermediate Depot, Americus, Georgia
1920-7-1
Second lieutenant
First lieutenant
Receives regular commission and is promoted the same day
1922-11

Flying instructor, Brooks Field, Texas
1926-5

Plans and operations officer, Clark Field
1928-8

Engineer and parachute officer, Langley Field, Virginia
1930-7

Air Corps Engineering School
1931-6

Inspection Branch
1935-8

Air Corps Tactical School
1936-6

Command and General Staff School
1937-6

Air Corps liaison, Douglas Aircraft Company
1939-3

Assistant chief, Production Engineering Section, Air Corps Material Division, Wright Field
1940-2

Chief, Production Division, Air Corps Material Center, Wright Field
1943-6-21     
Brigadier general
Commander, 58 Bombardment Wing, Georgia
1943-11-19     

Commander, 20 Bomber Command
1944-7

Commander, Air Material Command, Wright Field
1944-8

Chief of Engineering and Procurement, Air Technical Service Command, Wright Field
1945-4

Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces
1945-8

Chief of staff, 5 Air Force, Okinawa
1945-10-4     
Major general
Commander, 5 Air Force, Nagoya
1948-1

Director of Procurement and Industrial Mobilization Planning, Air Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
1949-9

Deputy Chief of Staff for Material, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force
1951

Retires
1971-10-1

Dies

References

Aeronautical Systems Center (accessed 2009-2-25)
Arlington National Cemetary Website (accessed 2009-2-25)
Frank (1999)
Generals.dk (accessed 2009-2-25)
Pettibone (2006)

Tillman (2010)



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