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Clarence Shortridge Irvine

Also Known As: "Bill"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Howard County, NE, United States
Death: September 07, 1975 (76)
Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia
Immediate Family:

Son of James Irvine, Jr and Margaret Jane Irvine
Husband of Marie White Irvine; Leota Marie Irvine; Carol Alice Irvine and Ruth Ann Irvine
Father of Jane Irvine and James Irvine
Brother of Martha Jane Peterson; Adelaide Belle Rickard; George Locke Irvine; Glenn Welsh Irvine and C.S. Irvine

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About Lieutenant General Clarence Irvine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Irvine

Clarence Shortridge Irvine (16 December 1898 – 7 September 1975) was a United States Air Force (USAF) lieutenant general who was involved in the development and deployment of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Convair B-36A Peacemaker, Boeing B-47 Stratojet, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and the Rockwell B-1 Lancer bomber. He flew aircraft in several films, including Wings and Hell's Angels.


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The following is a write-up from AVCO

LIEUTENANT GENERAL CLARENCE S. IRVINE, USAF (Retired)

A graduate of St. Paul’s College, General Irvine began his military career
in 1918. Lt. General C. S. “Bill” Irvine advanced through engineering and
flying assignments to become the Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel of the
United States Air Force.

He began flying even before he entered training as a flying cadet at March
Field and Kelly Field, Texas. He received his reserve commission in
1921. In that same year, he took part in the bombardment tests conducted
by General Billy Mitchell against World War I battleships.

After receiving a regular commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air
Corps in 1926, he spent the next four years as a gunnery and engineering
officer at Selfridge Field, Michigan, and Clark Field in the Phillippine Islands.
For three years, he was the top aerial gunner in the Air Corps. In this
period, he flew in early aviation motion picture epics, such as "Wings" and
"Hell’s Angels."

In 1930, he began his first of many assignments as an engineer at Wright
Field, Ohio, national center of military air research and development. While
there, he attended the Air Force School of Technology and, in 1938, graduated
from the Army Industrial College.

In 1940 he established new world records for speed, load carrying and altitude
with the new B-17 Flying Fortress. During World War II, he held key assign-
ments in engineering, industrial planning, and production control. In 1942,
he became Executive of the Production Division at Wright Field. During this
period, he was a key figure in developing the four-engine bomber production
program.

Early in 1943, he was assigned to Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington
as Special Assistant for Aircraft Production and later as Chief of the Very
Heavy Bomber Program. In these jobs, he was deeply involved in the pro-
duction and modification of the B-29 Super Fortresses, the first atomic bomb
carriers.

He spent tours in England and North Africa conducting bombing tests under
combat conditions. From there, he went to China to participate in the plan-
ning for bases for the B-29 strikes and the airlift support over the “Hump”.

In 1944, he went to the Pacific as Deputy Chief of Staff of the 21st Bomber
Command with the job of supplying, maintaining, and increasing the combat
capabilities of B-29’s which were striking Japan. He remained in the Pacific
and Far East as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Pacific Air Command until 1947,
when he went to Strategic Air Command at Andrews Field, Maryland.

long range ‘flights. On these flights, from Guam to Washington, D. C. and
Honolulu to Cairo, General Irvine developed cruise control techniques which
have greatly extended the range of the Air Force strategic bombers. In
addition, he established a new record from Los Angeles to New York in 5
hours, 27 minutes. His best known flight was in 1946 in the "Pacusan
Dreamboat" from Honolulu non-stop to Cairo in 39 hours.

General Irvine took command of the 509th Strategic Bomb Wing at Walker
Air Force Base, New Mexico, late in 1948.

In 1950, he became Commanding General of the B-36 Wing at Carswell Air
Force Base, Texas. He later commanded the 19th Air Division at that same
base. During this time, much of his effort was spent in re-engineering and
modification of the B-36 Strategic Bomber to increase its combat effectiveness.

During the Korean War build-up, he became Commanding Officer of the 8th
Air Force. He then became Deputy Commander of the Air Materiel Command
for Production and Weapons Systems, with the prime responsibility of getting
the new jet bombers and fighters off the production lines and into the combat
units. He has been active in almost every major Air Force production program
with particular emphasis on the B-47 and B-52 bombers.

In 1955, his last Air Force assignment, he became the Deputy Chief of Staff,
Materiel, Headquarters USAF in Washington. General Irvine retired from
the Air Force in 1959 as Lieutenant General.

General Irvine was born in St. Paul, Nebraska, December 16, 1898. He
attended the University of Nebraska and Harvard University. He also holds
a doctorate in engineering from Clarkson School of Technology and a doctorate
in science from Adeiphi College. He is married and has two children and
lives in Palm Springs, California. He is Director of Planning of the Avco
Corporation. His operating office is in Los Angeles, California.

PROMOTIONS

Lieutenant General Irvine was promoted to 1st Lieutenant (permanent) on
August 1, 1932; to Captain (permanent) on June 30, 1936; to Major (temporary)
on February 1, 1941; to Lieutenant Colonel (temporary) on January 5, 1942;
to Colonel (temporary) on March 1, 1942; to Major (permanent) on June 30,
1943; to Colonel (permanent) on April 2, 1948; to Brigadier General (temporary)
on September 16, 1949; to Brigadier General (permanent) on January 27, 1950;
to Major General (temporary) on March 16, 1951; to Major General (permanent)
October 9, 1951; to Lieutenant General (temporary) May 10, 1955. He retired
from active military service, April 30, 1959.
DECORATIONS

Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Silver Star
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

Beginning his career as an enlisted airplane engine mechanic in 1918, Lieutenant General C.S. Irvine has advanced through engineering and flying assignments to become the deputy chief of staff, Materiel of the U.S. Air Force.

General Irvine was born in St. Paul, Neb., in 1898. He attended the St. Paul College and did special work at the University of Nebraska.

He began flying as an enlisted man even before he entered formal training as a flying cadet at March Field in 1919. He received his pilot wings at Kelly Field in 1920. He received his Reserve commission in 1921. In that same year, he took part in the bombardment tests conducted by General Billy Mitchell against World War I battleships.

After serving as a first lieutenant on active duty in 1924 and 1925 he received a regular commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in 1926. He spent the next four years as a gunnery and engineering officer at Selfridge Field, Mich., and Clark Field in the Philippine Islands. For three years, he was the top aerial gunner in the Air Corps. In this period, he flew in early aviation motion picture epics, such as "Wings" and "Hell's Angels."

In 1930, he began his first of many assignments as an engineer at Wright Field, national center of military air research and development. While there, be attended the Air Corps Engineering School and, in 1938, was sent to the Army Industrial College.

Returning to Wright Field, he held assignments in engineering, inspection, industrial planning and production control. In 1942, he became executive of the Production Division. During this period, he was a key figure in developing the four-engine bomber production program.

Early in 1943, he was assigned to Army Air Forces headquarters in Washington as special assistant for aircraft production and later as chief of the Very Heavy Bomber Program. In these jobs, he was deeply involved in the production and modification of the B-29 Super-Fortresses. Among his tasks were those of getting materials and production facilities for these first atomic bomb carriers.

He spent tours in England and North Africa conducting bombing tests under combat conditions. From there, he went to China to participate in the planning for bases for the B-29 strikes and the airlift support over the "Hump."

In 1944, he went to the Pacific as deputy chief of staff of the 21st Bomber Command with the job of supplying, maintaining and increasing the combat capabilities of B-29s that were striking Japan. He remained in the Pacific and Far East as deputy chief of staff of the Pacific Air Command until 1947, when he went to Strategic Air Command at Andrews Field, Md.

During this period, he planned and established several record long-range flights. On these flights, from Guam to Washington, D.C. and Honolulu to Cairo, General Irvine developed cruise control techniques which have greatly extended the range of the Air Force strategic bombers. In addition, he set a new record from Los Angeles to New York of 5 hours, 27 minutes. His best known flight was in 1946 in the "Pacusan Dreamboat" from Honolulu non-stop to Cairo in 39 hours.

General Irvine took command of the 509th Strategic Bomb Wing at Walker Air Force Base, N.M., late in 1948.

In 1950, he became commanding general of the B-36 wing at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. He later commanded the 19th Air Division at that same base. During this time, much of his effort was spent in re-engineering and modification of the B-36 strategic bomber to increase its combat effectiveness. Prior to completion of this tour he acted as commander of the Eighth Air Force.

During the Korean War build-up, General Irvine again returned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He became deputy commander of the Air Materiel Command for Production and Weapons Systems. It was his job to get the new jet bombers and fighters off the production lines and into the combat units. He has been active in almost every major Air Force production program with particular emphasis on the B-47 and B-52 bombers.

After his many years in the production, engineering and maintenance fields, it followed that he was the logical choice to become the deputy chief of staff, Materiel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

As deputy chief of staff, Materiel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant General Irvine is one of the statutory deputies of the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, reporting to and representing the chief of staff for management of Air Force and Reserve Forces activities in the fields of materiel and services.

DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Air Defense Service Medal
European African Middle East Campaign Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

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Lieutenant General Clarence Irvine's Timeline

1898
December 16, 1898
Saint Paul, Howard County, NE, United States
1975
September 7, 1975
Age 76
Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California
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Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia