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Wurtsmith, Paul Bernard (1906-1946)


Photograph of Paul B. Wurtsmith

National Archives. Via Wikimedia Commons

Paul Wurtsmith was a veteran aviator with 4800 hours of flying time in fighters when he assumed command of 49 Pursuit Group early in the Pacific War. An energetic leader, he achieved high availability of the P-40s under his command through emphasis on ground crews, and he inaugurated post mortem conferences after every mission to evaluate Japanese air tactics and improve those of his own pilots.

Wurtsmith commanded 5 Fighter Command throughout the drive from New Guinea to the Philippines.

Service record

1906      

Born
1939
Colonel     
Commander, 17 Pursuit Squadron
1940

Commander, 41 Pursuit Squadron
1941

50 Pursuit Group
1941-12-11

Commander, 49 Pursuit Group
1942-11-11     
Brigadier general     
Commander, 5 Fighter Command
1945-2-19     
Major general
Commander, 13 Air Force
1946

Strategic Air Command
1946

Dies in air accident

References

Craven and Cate (1947; accessed 2013-8-24)

Generals.dk (accessed 2013-8-24)

Pettibone (2006)



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