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Author Knerr, Hugh Johnston, 1887-1971, author.

Title The vital era : in which America nurtured leaders and tempered arms, 1887-1950 / Hugh J. Knerr
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air University Press, Academic Services, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xlv, 158 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Early days in Kansas : 1887-1904 -- 2. The Naval Academy : 1904-1908 -- 3. The Navy : 1908-1911 -- 4. Coast Artillery : 1911-1917 -- 5. The US Army service : 1917-1920 -- 6. Back to Coast Artillery : 1920-1922 -- 7. Army Air service : 1922-1923 -- 8. 88th Squadron Command : 1923-1925 -- 9. Army Command and General Staff School : 1926-1927 -- 10. Second Bombardment Group : 1927-1930 -- 11. Army War College : 1930-1931 -- 12. Army Air Corps : 1931-1935 -- 13. General Headquarters Air Force : 1935-1938 -- 14. Fort Sam Houston and retirement : 1938-1939 -- 15. Sperry Gyro Company f: 1940-1942 -- 16. Strategic Air Forces in Europe : 1944-1945 -- 17. Air Technical Service Command : 1945-1946 -- 18. Joint Chiefs of Staff : 1945-1947 -- 19. US Air Force Inspector General : 1947-1949
Summary "In the past century, few have done more to establish the Air Force and its logistics enterprise as we know it today than Maj Gen Hugh J. Knerr; fewer still are as unique. An early aviator, Knerr established the first airlift mission and led the procurement effort for the B-17 with Gen Frank Andrews before WWII. After which he led a campaign for the autonomous air force that put him at odds with the War Dept and the White House. During WWII, Knerr led logistics planning efforts to mobilize the Eighth Air Force in European Theatre of Operations (ETO) and later amassed theatre-wide authority of logistics, aligning the entire logistics effort of the Army Air Forces (AAF) in the ETO. Amongst many career accomplishments, Knerr ended his career as the USAF's first Inspector General establishing the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and is accredited with designing the USAF's dress blue uniform. Little known fact, Knerr began aviation interests as a child at the mouth of the wellspring, building kites and scrubbing toilets for the Wright Brothers at their bicycle shop. His memoirs penned in the months preceding his death in 1971, now published, give a personal insight into this formative period of the Air Force and offer the perspective only one of its architects could tell. Further, his pursuit of innovation, disruption of barriers, and challenges to the status quo are exceptionally relevant to present day Air Force as it seeks to accelerate change"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Introduction written by Captain David A. Loska
"Published by Air University Press in September 2021"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [155]-158)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Air University Press website, viewed Nov. 30, 2021)
Subject Knerr, Hugh Johnston, 1887-1971.
Knerr, Hugh Johnston, 1887-1971.
United States. Army Air Forces -- Officers
United States. Air Force -- Officers
United States. Army Air Forces.
United States. Air Force.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Logistics -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe.
Aeronautics, Military -- History -- 20th century
Aeronautics, Military.
Armed Forces -- Officers.
United States.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Loska, David A., editor.
Air University (U.S.). Press, issuing body.
LC no. 2021039355
ISBN 9781585663088