Olds, Robert, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1060-Bombardment Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Service Years
1917 - 1943
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Major General

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Home Town
Washington, DC
Last Address
Tucson, Arizona

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1943
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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ashes dispersed

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He was a  theorist of  strategic air power, and proponent of an independent air force.  He was a member of the "Bomber Mafia" whose influence led to the doctrine of daylight precision bombing during WWII. He was also an accomplished aviator and flight leader. He led the first operational group of  B-17's which he led on goodwill tours of of South America which won him the MacKay and Harmon trophies.  He also oversaw the development of standard operating procedures for the B-17. In WWII he did not command bombers in the field; instead his major contribution was creation and organization of the Air Corps Ferrying Command, delivered new aircraft to all parts of the globe, and which later became Air Transport Command and successors. He is also known for being the father of famous fighter ace Brig. Gen. Robin Olds.

He was cremated and his ashes were dispersed from a B-17 bomber. The Liberty Ship USS Major General Robert Olds was named in his honor.

Synopsis of his ADSM:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Robert Olds, United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War II.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 18 (1943)

Service: Army

Rank: Major General


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 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1943 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1943 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Air UniversityCommand and General Staff College
  1927-1928, Air University
  1934-1935, Command and General Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Sopwith F-1 Camel  Spad S.VIII  DH-4 Bomber  A-17 Nomad  
B-10 Martin Bomber  B-17 Flying Fortress  B-23 Dragon  A-20 Havoc  
A-36 Apache  P-39 Airacobra  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  B-24 Liberator  
B-29 Superfortress  
  1917-1918, Sopwith F-1 Camel
  1918-1918, Spad S.VIII
  1918-1929, DH-4 Bomber
  1937-1940, A-17 Nomad
  1937-1940, B-10 Martin Bomber
  1937-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1939-1940, B-23 Dragon
  1942-1942, A-20 Havoc
  1942-1942, A-36 Apache
  1942-1942, P-39 Airacobra
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1942-1942, B-24 Liberator
  1942-1943, B-29 Superfortress
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