Donald Wilson
United States Army Air Force general
Donald Wilson
Donald Wilson was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. Wilson enlisted in the Maryland National Guard as a private in 1916 and served with it on the Mexican border and the Western Front during World War I before transferring to the United States Army Air Service. After the war, he obtained a regular commission. Already qualified as an aerial observer, he became a pilot in 1922.
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Community welcomes £180000 park revamp - STV Local
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Councillor Donald Wilson said: “You have two marvellous assets – the canal and the park. People have said for a long time you couldn't even see one from the other, so it was an attempt to open up the park. “The work carried out has further enhanced a
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Franklin Lakes: Police Blotter, Aug. 25 - NorthJersey.com
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Sgt. Carmine Pezzuti and Officer Donald Wilson investigated. Aug. 15 — A Cinnamon Lane resident reported that during the overnight hours, unknown persons stole his 2011 Mercedes Benz from the driveway. Sgt. James Schnaidt and Detective Anthony Pacelli
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Wick kids terrorised with 'Wolverine' threat - John O'Groat Journal
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TWO Wick schoolchildren told a jury at Tain Sheriff Court how they were terrorised by a man who threatened to turn into the Incredible Hulk, cut their throats and burn their houses down. The children, who cannot be named for legal
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Prison video link first at Inverness court - Highland News
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TECHNOLOGY which could reduce costs to the court service in the Highlands was tried out for the first time when a sheriff heard pleas via a CCTV video link from Porterfield Prison in Inverness. The procedures could prevent prisoners
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Bless 7 taking money, making promises - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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Donald Wilson of Tampa, Fla., founder and CEO of TeachingU2Fish, which offers the Bless 7 program, prepares to speak to three dozen people. "How you doing, everybody?" he asks with a twinkle in his eye. "How many of you need a financial blessing?
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Stockton police: Shaken baby victim dies; father faces murder - News10.net
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The father, Donald Wilson, is due in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday to face charges. "The father was initially arrested for assault what we call 'shaken baby,' severely shaken, and now the charges were upgraded to homicide," said Stockton
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Hero firefighter remembered with memorial - STV Local
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Councillor Donald Wilson, paid tribute to the fallen firefighter at a small ceremony. “We want to honour the sacrifice that was made here. We are not going to forget,” he said. “On behalf of the local people, we are here to say thank you to Ewan and
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Farquhar targeting another Solo success story - Belfast Telegraph
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Former Southern 100 champions Cameron Donald (Wilson Craig Racing) and Relentless by TAS Suzuki's Guy Martin will also make a return to action, with McAdoo Racing's Conor Cummins continuing his return to form after injury — and the Manxman is a tip
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South Jersey high schools have reunions planned - Gloucester County Times - NJ.com
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The reunion committee is seeking addresses for the following classmates: Stephen Anderson, Luretta Brockway Thomas, Carol Canning, John Conard, Richard Franchetta, Fred Loveland, Maureen Moore, Donald Sauter, Harry Taylor and Donald Wilson
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Soldier returns from Afghanistan to hero's welcome - Daytona Beach News-Journal
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Donald Wilson, Perry's uncle, said he's had plenty of sleepless nights since his nephew was sent overseas a year ago. "When he goes into something, he goes full force," said Donald Wilson, who fought in the first Desert Storm operation in Iraq
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Four indicted by grand juries - Tri County Leader
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Donald Wilson, 42, who lives in the 24000 block of Lyles Lane in Troup, was indicted for robbery allegedly committed April 5. He was arrested May 20 and bond was set at $10000. Travis McCowin, 27, who lives in the 100 block of CR 4810 in Troup,
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Boston's Mob Tours Reel in Tourists - Wall Street Journal
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said Donald Wilson, the interim president of the South Boston Chamber of Commerce. The neighborhood was once ruled by the Winter Hill Gang and its alleged leader Mr. Bulger, who was apprehended in a Santa Monica, Calif., apartment after eluding
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Two Men Injured in Overnight Shooting - WNCF
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By WNCF Staff Police responded to the scene and found two victims, 40-year old Donald Wilson and 39-year-old Antonio Hall. Wilson was shot once in the right side of his jaw while Hall was hit once on his lower back. Both are still in the hospital and
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Jerelle Plotczyk & Tyler Brown - Greenville News
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Tyler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson Brown of Greer, SC. He is the grandson of Mrs. Irene Self Dixon of Shelby, NC. Jerelle and Tyler are both graduates of Clemson University. Mrs. Carly Carter was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Suzie
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Display honors volunteers, victims of Alabama tornadoes - The Republic
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Donald Wilson said the goal of the window displays "is simply to bring attention and bring people into the thrift stores because that's how we get assistance and help the people in the community." While the display highlights efforts made in disaster
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Police: Man shot, killed in domestic dispute - Jenks Journal
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Police identified the man who fired the shots as the homeowner, 50-year-old Donald Wilson. Harris said police received a 911 call at about 5:15 pm regarding a dispute at Wilson's residence. The dispute apparently started between Mitchell and his mother
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Jersey shores are a real eye-catcher - Highland News
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WITH the island nestling just 14 miles off the French coast in the bay of St Malo, visitors to Jersey could be forgiven for thinking they are actually in France. Virtually every hamlet and every street has French names
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 85
    He died on 21 June 1978.
    More Details Hide Details His papers are in the The George C. Marshall Foundation.
  • 1973
    Age 80
    Discharged on the grounds of disability with the rank of major general, he retired to Carmel, California, where he wrote and published his memoirs, entitled Wooing Peponi, in 1973.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1945
    Age 52
    In June 1945, he assumed command of the Air Force Proving Ground Command.
    More Details Hide Details After the war, Wilson served as a member of the Gerow Board, which examined the military educational system and instituted a series of long-lasting reforms. In 1947, he was diagnosed with neurasthenia, and retired with the rank of major general. Donald Wilson was born at Hiner's Mill in Pendleton County, West Virginia on 25 September 1892, the third of seven children of John Hamilton Wilson and his wife Martha Jane, née Siple.
    He was promoted to major general on 17 March 1945.
    More Details Hide Details On 25 June 1945, Wilson was replaced as assistant chief of staff by Major General Hoyt Vandenberg. For his service in the post, Wilson was awarded an oak leaf cluster to his Distinguished Service Medal. He was appointed to command the Air Force Proving Ground Command. At the time, some 22,000 airmen were assigned to this command. Wilson served as a member of the Gerow Board, under his former chief, Lieutenant General Leonard T. Gerow, which examined the military educational system. The board met in Washington, DC, between 3 and 12 January 1946. Its final report to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, recommended a system of five joint colleges, which would collectively form a National Security University under the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to the existing Industrial College and National War College, the board recommended the establishment of a joint administrative college, a joint intelligence college, and a Department of State college. Wilson went further and argued for the establishment of an air university, under the control of the Army Air Forces. Wilson's proposal was accepted, and the Gerow Board's recommendations resulted in a multi-tiered educational system still in effect today, with a Squadron Officer School for junior officers; an Air Command and Staff College for middle level officers; and an Air University for senior officers.
    In February 1945, Wilson was present at the Battle of Iwo Jima as an official Army Air Forces observer.
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  • 1944
    Age 51
    In March 1944, Arnold asked for Kenney to return Wilson to work on his own staff.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson took the long way back, visiting the other war theatres in India, China, the Middle East, Italy and England. Wilson found the Army Air Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Barney Giles anxious for Wilson's return so Giles could pay a visit to the war theatres. Wilson therefore found himself acting chief of staff. On Giles' return, Wilson became Assistant Chief of Staff, Organization, Commitments and Requirements.
  • 1943
    Age 50
    The loss of Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker over Rabaul in January 1943 and then his successor, Brigadier General Howard K. Ramey on a reconnaissance mission in March did not dampen Wilson's desire to accompany a mission, and he tagged along as a passenger on a B-24 on a bombing raid on Rabaul.
    More Details Hide Details For his service in the Southwest Pacific, Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 49
    In September 1942, Wilson became chief of staff of Major General George Kenney's Allied Air Forces, Southwest Pacific Area and Fifth Air Force.
    More Details Hide Details Kenney had specifically requested General Henry Arnold to send Wilson to replace his chief of staff, Air Vice Marshal William Bostock, an RAAF officer. Wilson had known Kenney for many years and was on a first name basis with him; but while serving as his chief of staff, Wilson always addressed Kenney respectfully as "general".
  • 1940
    Age 47
    In May 1940, he was transferred to the Plans Division of the War Department General Staff, which was headed by Brigadier General Leonard T. Gerow.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson was briefly chief of staff of Major General Walter H. Frank's Third Air Force in Tampa, Florida but after only two months he was recalled to Washington to again serve on the War Department General Staff, this time in the G-1 (Personnel) Division, which was headed by Major General John H. Hilldring, a Command and General Staff School classmate. Wilson was promoted to brigadier general on 22 June 1942. In July 1942, Hilldring left to take over command of the 84th Infantry Division and Wilson became Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1.
  • 1938
    Age 45
    From November 1938 to March 1939, he was also assistant commandant of the school.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson was promoted to colonel on 16 October 1940. He returned to Washington, DC, where he served in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps under Brigadier General Carl A. Spaatz, the chief of its Plans Division.
  • 1936
    Age 43
    After graduation he returned to the Air Corps Tactical School as Director of the Department of Air Tactics and Strategy, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 16 June 1936.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1931
    Age 38
    In 1931 the school moved to Maxwell Field, Alabama, where he was promoted to major on 1 February 1932.
    More Details Hide Details At the Air Corps Tactical School, Wilson became "one of the leading theorists... during the thirties". Like Giulio Douhet, the school embraced the doctrine that strategic bombing was the most important aspect of air power. However, Wilson rejected those parts of Douhet's doctrine that called for mass bombing of cities to break the morale of the enemy. Instead, in preparing the training course, Wilson drew on his knowledge that critical breaks in railroad systems could disrupt the entire system. He theorized that this was equally true of other industries, that by attacking vulnerabilities, whole industries could be brought to a halt without necessarily having to destroy all the factories. The school identified transportation, steel, iron ore, and electric power as key economic industries. Wilson termed this doctrine "industrial web theory". The formulators of industrial web theory were relatively young junior officers, nearly all of them former reservists commissioned during or immediately after World War I. They viewed war in the abstract and admitted that they had no conclusive proof of their theories, but firmly believed that air power would dominate future warfare, after certain technological limitations had been overcome. Wilson was one of the nine key advocates, all instructors at the Tactical School, who became known as the "Bomber Mafia": Wilson, Walker, Major Odas Moon (who died in 1937), and future generals Haywood S. Hansell, Laurence Kuter, Muir Fairchild, Robert Olds, Robert M. Webster, and Harold L. George.
  • 1929
    Age 36
    On return to the United States in 1929, Wilson was posted to the Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field, Virginia as an instructor.
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  • 1924
    Age 31
    From 1924 to 1927, he served in Washington, DC, in the Office of the Chief of the Air Service.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a two-year tour of duty in the Philippines as commander of the 2nd Observation Squadron.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1922
    Age 29
    In 1922, he was sent to Carlstrom Field, Florida for primary pilot training and then to Kelly Field, Texas for advanced training.
    More Details Hide Details He also served there as an instructor in observation.
  • 1920
    Age 27
    In 1920, Wilson applied for and received a Regular Army commission in the Air Service, into which he was commissioned as a first lieutenant on 1 July 1920.
    More Details Hide Details He was immediately advanced to captain and posted to the Observation School at Post Field, Oklahoma as a senior instructor.
  • 1919
    Age 26
    He was assigned to the 186th Aero Squadron at Weißenthurm (Weissenthurm) in May 1919, returned to the United States in July, and was discharged from the Army on 15 August 1919.
    More Details Hide Details Wilson married Edna Taggert, the older sister of the wife of his best friend in Anniston, in a ceremony in her home in Pittsburgh. After a honeymoon in Miami, Florida, they settled in Baltimore. The couple eventually had two children: Teresa Jane, born in 1921, and Donald, born in 1923.
  • 1918
    Age 25
    After training there, at Camp de Souge, and at Tours in November 1918, he was posted to the 2nd Corps Aeronautical School at Châtillon-sur-Seine.
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    This time, he was successful and in September 1918 he reported to the Air Service Concentration Barracks at Saint-Maixent.
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    He was promoted to first lieutenant on 23 April 1918.
    More Details Hide Details In June 1918, the 29th Division sailed from Hoboken, New Jersey to Brest, France. It travelled across France, entering the front line trenches in the Traubach-le-Bas sector. In France, Wilson once again applied for training as an aerial observer, in response to an appeal from American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) headquarters.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1910
    Age 17
    In 1910, he went to work as a surveyor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
    More Details Hide Details In February 1916, Wilson enlisted as a private in the Maryland National Guard and was posted to Company H, 5th Maryland Infantry. This unit was called to active duty at Laurel, Maryland in June 1916 for service on the Mexican border. It was based at Eagle Pass, Texas, and, like most National Guard units, supported but did not directly participate in the Pancho Villa Expedition, although it did occasionally cross the border into Mexico. Wilson was soon promoted to corporal, and later sergeant. The 5th Maryland Regiment returned to Maryland in February 1917. The 5th Maryland Infantry was again called up in April 1917 following the declaration of war by the United States on the German Empire. Wilson was promoted to second lieutenant, effective 9 April 1917. He was posted to Company C, 5th Maryland Infantry. This time, the regiment moved to Camp McClellan, Alabama, where the 5th Maryland Infantry was absorbed into the 115th Infantry of the 29th Division on 1 October 1917. While at Camp McClellan, Wilson applied for training as an aerial observer but his request was not accepted.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Age 6
    John Wilson worked a number of odd jobs before becoming a mail carrier with the Baltimore Post Office in 1899.
    More Details Hide Details Donald was educated at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
  • 1892
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1892.
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