Who is George E. Stratemeyer? Information on George E. Stratemeyer biography, life story and military career.
George E. Stratemeyer; (1890-1969), U. S. Air Force general, who was a skillful air tactician in two wars. He was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, on Nov. 24, 1890, and graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1915. He joined the infantry but transferred to the Air Force in 1916. He served mostly on teaching assignments until he became chief of staff of the Army Air Forces in 1942.
In 1943-1944, he was commanding general of the China-Burma sector and an adviser to the general in command of the China-Burma-India theater of World War II. He later commanded the joint British-U. S. air operations in this theater and in 1945 became commanding general of the Army Air Forces in the China theater.
Returning to the United States in 1946, he organized the newly created Air Defense Command and its successor, the Continental Air Command, of which he was commander until April 1949, when he went to Tokyo as commander of the U. S. Far East Air Forces. In 1950-1951, he supervised United Nations air operations in the Korean War, gaining mastery of the air and developing new tactical uses for jet fighter planes as bombers in close support of ground units. Stratemeyer retired in 1951. He died at Winter Park, Fla., on Aug. 9, 1969.