Travis, Robert Falligant, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 9th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
Service Years
1928 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA

Date of Passing
Aug 05, 1950
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 2 Site E-325 RH

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Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1950, In the Line of Duty

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Last Known Activity

Robert F. Travis was born on December 26, 1904 in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1924, he enrolled at the University of Georgia, but received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from there on June 8, 1928, with a degree in Engineering and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was posted to the Infantry, but after 3 months, he was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program at Kelly AAF, Texas, where he underwent primary and advanced flying training.

He graduated in September, 1929, and was assigned to the 1st Observation Squadron at Mitchell Field, New York as the Engineering Officer. In 1932, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and attended the Air Corps Engineering School at Wright Field, Illinois. He completed the school in 1933.

He was assigned to the 59th Service Squadron at Langley Field, Virginia as the Supply and Engineering Officer, a position he held until 1934 when he was utilized as the Engineering Inspector for the Army Air Mail Service at Floyd Bennett and Mitchell Fields, New York. In May, 1834, he returned to Langley as the Armament and Engineering Officer of the 49th Bomb Squadron.

In 1935, he was promoted to Captain, and assumed position as Flight Commander, 49th Bomb Squadron. In 1937, he was sent to the 2nd Bomb Group as Armament and Intelligence Officer. In March, 1939, he joined the 72nd Bomb Squadron in Hickam AAFB, Hawaii as Operations Officer and Flight Commander. He took over as Commanding Officer of the 72nd until 194o when he became the Materiel Officer at the 5th Bomb Group.

Promoted to Major in 1941, he was assigned to the 29th Bomb Group as Commander of the 43rd Bomb Squadron at MacDill AAFB, Tampa, Florida. He later became Executive Officer and then Commander of the 29th Bomb Group.

In June 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and moved the 29th Bomb Group to Gown Field, Idaho. In September of that year, he was promoted to Colonel, became Commander of the 15th Bomb Group and moved the unit to
Souix City, Iowa in February 1943.

In July 1943, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assumed the position of Commanding General, 1st Bomber Command at El Paso, Texas. In August 1943, he deployed to England as Commanding Officer of the 41st Combat Bomb Wing, and flew 35 missions over Europe.

He returned to the U.S. in September 1944 as Commanding Officer of the 17th Bomb Operations Training Wing, based at Grand Isle, Nebraska. He became Commander of Souix City AAF in 1945.

In 1946, he attended the National War College at Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C. and graduated in June 1947. He then returned to Hickam Field, Hawaii to command the 7th Air Force. In 1949, he was transferred to the Fairfield-Suisun AFB, California as Commanding General, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing and as Commanding Officer of the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at the same time.

In August 1950, he was aboard a B-29 bomber on a special mission. The aircraft crashed on take-off, but General Travis died from his injuries en route to the hospital. All the crew survived the crash.

Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA was renamed Travis AFB in his honor.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 2, Site E-325 RH. His wife, Frances Jane, who passed away on November 22, 1987, lies beside him.
Other Comments:

The aircraft in which General Travis was killed was B-29 MR #44-87651, no name.

Twenty crew and passengers were on the plane; eight survived while twelve died. The resulting explosions of bomb material close to a trailer park near the crash site produced additional civilian and military casualties also.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)Aviation Cadet Flight School49th Bomb Squadron2nd Bombardment Group
Bombardment Units5th Bombardment Group, Heavy29th Bombardment Group, Very HeavyTraining Units
National War College7th Air Force9th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
  1924-1928, US Army (USA)
  1928-1929, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1934-1937, 49th Bomb Squadron
  1937-1939, AAF MOS 791, 2nd Bombardment Group
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 1060, 72nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 4530, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1942, 29th Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1944-1946, 17th Training Group
  1946-1947, National War College
  1947-1949, 7th Air Force
  1949-1950, 9th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyUniversity of GeorgiaNational War College
  1924-1928, United States Military Academy
  1924-1924, University of Georgia
  1946-1947, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-29 Superfortress  
  1942-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1946-1950, B-29 Superfortress
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