Douglass Jr., Robert W.
1946 SP as Major General, USAAF, led VII Fighter Command 1942-44 & Seventh Air Force 1944-45 in Central Pacific
Autograph ID: 5816
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1900-1976) USMA 1922, commissioned 2nd lieutenant of Infantry. He entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas in 1924, transferred to the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, completed his flying training 1925. In 1926 he was transferred to the Air Service. After varying duties, he was an observer in England Sept. 1940-Jan. 1941, then attended Air Defense School at Mitchel Field, NY. Returning to Hawaii in Sept. 1942, he commanded the VII Fighter Command to April 1944 when he assumed command of the Seventh Air Force in the Central Pacific. In July 1945 he was assigned to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in October assumed command of the First Air Force at Mitchel Field, NY, taking it to Fort Slocum, NY the following June. He became commanding general of the Indoctrination Division, Air Training Command at San Antonio, Texas July 1947. Transferred to the US Air Forces in Europe in Oct. 1948, General Douglass was named Chief of Staff, USAFE, at Wiesbaden, Germany. In Feb. 1951 he became acting commander of 12th Air Force at Wiesbaden and in March was named special assistant to the commander-in-chief, USAFE, there. That April he assumed command of the 18th Air Force, Tactical Air Command, at Greenville AFB, SC. Assigned to USAF HQ in Washington Sept. 30, 1954, he was named senior USAF member on the Joint Mexican-US Defense Commission. On Nov. 1, 1954 he also became senior USAF member, US Delegation, on the Joint Brazil-US Defense Commission.
SP, 10 x 8 b&w flat finish seated bust portrait as Major General, dated January 23 1946.”