Quesada, Elwood R.
1904 - 1993

April 2013

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


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Internet Resources

Arlington National Cemetery.  Elwood Richard Quesada, Lieutenant General, United States Air Force. 
Available online at: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/erquesada.htm
Contains biographical information and awards and decorations.

Elwood R. Quesada. 
Available online at: http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/ques.html

Military Times.  Hall of Valor.  Elwood R. Quesada: Awards and Citations. 
Available online at: http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=5901

U.S. Air Force Biography.  Lieutenant General Elwood R. Quesada. 
Available online at: http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6575
Official Air Force biography.


Air Superiority in World War II and Korea: An Interview with Gen. James Ferguson, Gen. Robert M. Lee, Gen. William Momyer, and Lt. Gen. Elwood R. Quesada, edited with an introduction by Richard H. Kohn and Joseph P. Harahan.  Washington, Office of Air Force History, 1983.  116 p.
Book call no.: 940.544973 A2983

Hughes, Thomas Alexander.  Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II.  New York, Free Press, 1995.  380 p.
"This is the definitive story of an extraordinary man, whose remarkable efforts to aid foot soldiers in World War II, contributed significantly to the Allies' success."--Book Jacket.
Book call no.: 940.54214 H894o

Quesada, Elwood R.  History of Operation Greenhouse, 1948-1951.  Joint Task Force Three, 1951.  2 vols.
Volume 1: Organization; Volume 2: Meteorology.
Book call no.: 355.825119 Q5h


Hughes, Thomas Alexander.  The Other Air War: Elwood "Pete" Quesada and American Tactival Airpower in Europe.  Houston, TX, University of Houston, 1994.  525 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 43567-801

Quesada, Elwood R.  Tactical Air Power.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University, 1946.  3 leaves.
Doc. call no.: M-U 38043 Q5t

Documents (Student Research)

Kreuder, Gregory.  Lieutenant General "Pete" Quesada and Generalfeldmarschall Wolfram Von Richthofen: What Made Them Great?  Maxwell AFB, AL, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, 2009.  185 p.
"This study comprises an analysis of two contemporary tactical airpower commanders from World War II, Lieutenant General Elwood 'Pete' Quesada and Generalfeldmarschall Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen."--Abstract.
Also available online at:
Doc. call no.: M-U 43998-1 K921L


Dorr, Robert F.  Air-to-Ground Warfare's Pioneer.  Air Force Times  61:48  October 16, 2000.
"Features Elwood R. Quesada, an aviation pioneer with the United States Air Force and an organizer of Allied victory during World War II. His role in the air-to-ground operations of the Air Force Fighter Command in England during World War II; Career background; Story of his stranded aircraft in the Bay of Fundy."--Abstract.

Farewell to Quesada.  Flight Magazine  50:17  January 1961.
Discusses his departure from the Federal Aviation Agency.

Gen. Quesada Sworn in as Presidential Aide.  American Aviation  21:23  July 1, 1957.

Grant, Rebecca.  Quesada the Conqueror.  Air Force Magazine  86:76-80  April 2003.
Explores how the tactical skills of U.S. Air Force pilot Major General Pete Quesada was critical to the Normandy invasion and the march across Europe in 1944.
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Lt. Gen. "Pete" Quesada Named Division Manager for Lockheed.  Army Navy Air Force Journal  91:362  November 21, 1953.

Lt Gen. Quesada Elected Member of Board, Lockheed.  Army Navy Air Force Journal  90:1142  May 16, 1953.

Lt Gen. Quesada Resigns.  Army Navy Air Force Journal  96:29  November 8, 1958. 
Discusses his resignation from the Air Force.

Meilinger, Phillip S.  U.S. Air Force Leaders: A Biographical Tour.  The Journal of Military History  62:833-870  October 1998.
Quesada mentioned on pp 853, 854, 855, and 868.
Also available online at: http://search.proquest.com.aufric.idm.oclc.org/docview/195655893/fulltext?accountid=4332

Quesada Asks New "Hard Look" at Air Traffic Control:  No Quick and Easy Panacea in Sight He Warns.  American Aviation  21:46-47  December 30, 1957.

Quesada Chosen to Head New Federal Aviation Agency.  The Air Line Pilot  27:20  October 1958.

Quesada, E.R.  Operation Pathfinder: A Plan to Test Positive Control for All Users of Airspace.  Combat Crew  11:12-15  October 1960.
Discusses changes coming to air traffic control under the project name "Operation Pathfinder".

Quesada, Elwood R.  FAA Looks to the Future.  Airman  4:4-9  May 1960.
Discusses Quesada's thoughts on the future of FAA and the changes it needs to make.

Quesada, Elwood R.  Planning for Jet Age Traffic.  Air Force  41:47-48  April 1958.

Saxon, Wolfgang.  Elwood R. Quesada, First F.A.A. Chief, Dies at 88.  New York Times, p D22, February 10, 1993.
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