GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY ~~ HEADED THE BERLIN AIRLIFT & SOON TO BE HEAD OF THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
LEMAY, CURTIS E. (1906-1990). Lieutenant General United States Air Force. Typed Letter Signed, “Curtis E. LeMay,” on Headquarters Strategic Air Command Offutt Air Force Base Omaha, Nebraska letterhead. One page, quarto. No place. April 10, 1951. To “Mr. Albert E. May Swarr, May, Royce, Smith, & Story Keeline Building Omaha, Nebraska.” LeMay writes:
“Dear Mr. May: I hope my memo, copy enclosed, will be of assistance in making possible your proposed visit to Berlin. I suggest that you take this memo with you when you contact the Embassy at London or Paris. It may develop that permission for a visit to Berlin these days has to be obtained from the high Commissioner. In the latter case, I am sure the Embassy will help you. It may well be that General Norstad’s headquarters will have coordinated with the High Commissioner for this permission. I know you and Mrs. May will have an interesting and enjoyable trip and I look forward to hearing from you on your return. Sincerely, Curtis E. LeMay. Lieutenant General, USAF Commanding.”
Major General Lemay is credited with designing and implementing an effective and extensive systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Following the war, Lemay headed the Berlin airlift and reorganized the Strategic Air Command into an effective means of conducting nuclear war.