Air Force combat commander and Chief of Staff.  Considered the architect of the Strategic Air Command.

March 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

The WarriorsTime Canada 151:124 April 13, 1998.
Features General Curtis LeMay's use of strategic bombing.
Available online:  http://search.epnet.com/direct.asp?an=558479&db=buh

Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers:  LeMay, Curtis E.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Library, 2003.
Available online:  http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/great/lemay.htm

Curtis E. LeMay.
Available online:  http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/lemay.html
From the Air & Space Power Chronicles Home Page.  Includes black & white photo.

Curtis E. LeMay.

Available online:  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1115
From the USAF National Museum, contains biography, awards and decorations and photo album.

Curtis E. LeMay.

Available online:  http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Air_Power/LeMay/AP36.htm
Centennial of Flight Commission.  Contains extensive biographical information and photos.

General Curtis E. LeMay, 1906-1990.

Available online:  http://www.lemayfoundation.org/Gen LeMay.htm
LeMay Foundation. Contains large color image.

General Curtis E. LeMay, 1906-1990.  
Available online:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX61.html

PBS the American Experience "Race for the Superbomb."

Photographs and Images of Curtis Lemay.
Available online:  http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22curtis+e+lemay%22&btnG=Google+Search


Anders, Curt.  Fighting Airmen.  New York, Putnam, 1966.  287 p.
Curtis E. Lemay:  Young Ironpants pp 238-275.
Book call no.:  923.573 A544fa

Benton, Jeffrey C.  They Served Here: Thirty-Three Maxwell Men.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, July 1999.  78 p.
Also available online:  http://aupress.au.af.mill/Books/Benton/Benton.pdf
Book call no.:  358.41709761 B478t

Coffey, Thomas M.  Iron Eagle:  The Turbulent Life of General Curtis LeMay.  New York, Crown, 1986.  474 p.
Book call no.: 92 L549c

LeMay, Curtis Emerson.  Mission with LeMay.  Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1965.  581 p.
Book call no.:  92 L549m

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography:  A Survey of the Field.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65 p.
See pp 45-49.
Also available online:  http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/biograph.html
Book call no.:  358.400922 M513a


Drewello, Christopher S.  Operational Leadership for the 21st Century:  Three Characteristics.  Newport, RI, Naval War College, 2002.  19 p.
Wisdom:  General Curtis E. LeMay, pp 5-7.
Also available online:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA400909


A Century to Flight:  Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation History.  Air Force Times 63:(55 p insert) June 9, 2003.

Crane, Conrad C.  Raiding the Beggar's Pantry:  The Search for Airpower Strategy in the Korean War.  Journal of Military History 63:885-921 October 1999.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=2352567&site=ehost-live

Dorr, Robert F.  Curtis LeMayAir Force Times 63:46-47 June 2, 2003.
Pays tribute to U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Curtis LeMay, who died in 1990.  Philosophy of LeMay; educational and career background; his contribution to navigation techniques for long-ranged bombers.

Dorr, Robert F.  Firestorm.  Air Force Times 61:37-38 April 30, 2001.
Reveals that former United States Army Major General Curtis LeMay was the architect of the bombing raid strategy against Japan during World War II using the B29 bombers.  Effectiveness of the strategy; destruction wrought by the firebomb raid launched by the United States against Japan; weapon used by the United States that made Japan surrender.

Dorr, Robert F.  'It Was the Right Decision.'  Air Force Times 55:22 March 6, 1995.
Presents the experience of local commander Gen. Curtis E. LeMay on the decision to conduct a firebomb attack on Tokyo, Japan on March 9, 1945 by using B-29 Superfortress.  Reasons for LeMay's change of tactics.

Elfin, M.  Curtis LeMayU.S. News & World Report 109:26 October 15, 1990.
Eulogizes Curtis Emerson LeMay, retired Air Force chief of staff, who died last week at age 83.  Running mate of George Wallace (AL); skilled navigator and fearless pilot; skilled manager who organized the atomic bombing of Japan; Strategic Air Command.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9010151712&site=ehost-live

First Strike Schemes
New Leader 78:5-6 July 17, 1995.
Focuses on instances where military leaders in the U.S. proposed initiating the use of nuclear weapons.  Air Force commander Curtis E. LeMay's proposal in 1949 after the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9510161368&site=ehost-live

Hanson, Victor D.  The Right ManMHQ The Quarterly Journal of Military History 8:56-65 Spring 1996.
"Air power may never have known a practitioner so zealous - or so successful - as Curtis LeMay.  Unfortunately, he has more often been judged by his bark than his bite.

LeMay, Curtis E.  Civic Action by the Air ForceVital Speeches of the Day 30, no.5:150-152  December 15, 1963.
Presents the text of a speech given by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Curtis E. LeMay on October 19, 1963, which deals with the subject of humanitarian efforts of the U.S. Air Force.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9836333&site=ehost-live

LeMay, Curtis E.  Military Implications of Space:  Achieving In-Being Protection Along with Progress.  Vital Speeches of the Day 28, no.15:452-455 May 15, 1962.
Presents the text of a speech given by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Curtis E. LeMay on March 28, 1962, which deals with the subject of the military position of the U.S.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9836210&site=ehost-live

Lashmar, Paul.  Killer on the EdgeNew Statesman & Society 8:20-22 September 15, 1995.
Discusses the military career of former US Air Force general, Curtis LeMay.  Provocation of a nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union from 1948-1957; advocacy for strategic bombing; impression on the influence of ethics on his decision; reasons for his legendary reputation; support for the bombing of Vietnam.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9510114822&site=ehost-live

Non-Nuclear Bomber Forces.  Aviation Week & Space Technology 120:11 May 28, 1984.
We need to continue to work hard to remain strong in the nuclear arena, says Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, USAF (ret.), nevertheless if we are to have a convincing deterrence, we must be prepared to respond to violence at whatever level is required to secure our freedom.  We must reach for those new capabilities if we expect to remain a strong and viable nation.  The choice is ours--the time is now.  Effective firepower has been and will continue to be decisive in combat.

Parshall, Gerald.  Curtis LeMay.  U.S. News & World Report 124:68-70 March 16, 1998.
Profiles General Curtis LeMay.  His early career in the United States Air Force; how he trained his men for missions in World War II; LeMay rewriting the book on flying patterns with strategies such as no evasive action on bombing runs; LeMay's cold nature when discussing civilian deaths; his anti-communist views.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=320602&site=ehost-live

Rhodes, Richard.  The General and World War II.  New Yorker 71:47-55 June 19, 1995.
Looks at how Curtis LeMay's determination to follow military logic nearly led to full-scale nuclear war with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis. Creation of the Strategic Air Command in 1946; onset of the Korean War; gathering of electronic and photographic intelligence in 1954.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9507182832&site=ehost-live


Air Power and the Man.  Palm Springs, CA: Big Picture, 1993. 1 videocassette, 30 min. black and white.
Video call no.:  92 L549a

Legends of Air Power.  Arlington, VA, 3 Roads Communications, Inc., 2000.  3 videocassettes, 344 min.
Video call no.:  629.13092 L5111

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