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General Curtis E. LeMay

Wrong General Curtis E. LeMay?


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VeloceToday - Online Magazine for Italian Car Enthusiasts!, 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
Curtis LeMay VeloceToday - Online Magazine for Italian Car Enthusiasts!
Jeff Allison on General Curtis E. LeMay
From left to right, driver Reade Tilley, mechanic Fritz Jaqusch and General LeMay
The comment about General Curtis E. LeMay in the August 1 issue caught my attention as it did Michael Bradley's, who expressed his displeasure in "Letters" on August 8.
In the early 1950s, Reade was the Special Assistant to the Commander of the Strategic Air Command, General LeMay, and was also his Public Relations Officer. Reade was an experienced road racer, who had been racing his Jaguar XK120M in the SCCA. In 1953, he bought the Allard JR driven by Zora Arkus Duntov (later of Corvette fame) and Ray Merrick at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. General LeMay, a sports car and sports car racing enthusiast, bought a new and unraced Allard JR. According to Reade, General LeMay wanted to race his JR but Headquarters USAF ordered him not to race. Reade said, "He [General LeMay] would have made a great race driver, and he did not interpret his orders [to not race] as preventing his test hopping the cars during fine tuning qualification and practice prior to races.
It was through this trio that General LeMay lived out his interests in sports cars and particularly sports car racing. I thought your readers might be interested in seeing this photo of (from left to right) driver Reade Tilley, mechanic Fritz Jaqusch and General LeMay and his ever-present cigar at the SCCA races at MacDill Air Force Base in 1954.
As an aside, I was always amused when Reade talked of being General LeMay's Public Relations Officer. LeMay's public image as gruff and uncompromising seemed to belie public relations. Reade would laugh, saying that his PR job was to keep people away from LeMay-that was the PR program! In Vintage Motorsport (January/February 1991), I wrote, "When America needed General LeMay, he was there. When road racing needed help, General LeMay was there too.
Curtis LeMay
United States Government, 16 Sept 2013 [cached]
30 Jun 1961 - 31 Jan 1965 Curtis Emerson LeMay (b. 1906 - d. 1990)
The responsible Air Force officer ..., 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
The responsible Air Force officer bypassed the normal contracting process and convened a "generals board" that included recently retired Air Force chief of staff Curtis LeMay.
Maj. Gen. Earl t. Ricks Memorial Trophy Race, 3 Aug 2011 [cached]
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, General Curtis LeMay presided over the awards program at a banquet at the AFA convention in Dallas.
Military Retirement Living, 27 Dec 2011 [cached]
General Curtis Le May
CS: General Curtis Le May was instrumental in starting AFVW, and he had a very capable group of officers assist him: Col. A. L. "Bud" Guidera, USAF Ret. who hired me, was the first president of AFVW.
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