Lewis H. Brereton
Lewis H. Brereton
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Col. Phillip S. Meilinger

Lewis H. Brereton --- A Profile
by Col. Phillip S. Meilinger

One of the more well traveled airmen of the Second World War was Lewis H. Brereton. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he had served on Billy Mitchell's staff during and after World War I and rose steadily through the ranks in the years thereafter. At the time of Pearl Harbor he was commander of the Far East Air Forces-such as they were-under MacArthur. When that command collapsed a few months later, he was sent to India to command the Tenth Air Force, and thence to Egypt to head the Ninth Air Force. In 1943 he took the Ninth to England in preparation for the Overlord invasion, and in August 1944 he was selected to lead the First Allied Airborne Army for Operation Market Garden. After the war, Lieutenant General Brereton was a senior military advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission until his retirement in 1948. He was a key figure in several important events of the war including the destruction of his air force at Clark Field, the fall of Burma, the British success at El Alamein, the lowlevel strike on Ploesti in August 1943, D day, and "a bridge too far" at Arnhem. He recounts his experiences in The Brereton Diaries (New York: W. Morrow and Co., 1946).

     If you search for "Lewis H. Brereton", using the Google search engine, (9-24-09), you will find about 153,000 links!! One of the more concise is the following.

Lewis H. Brereton
     This is one of a series of official biographies which can be found on the Air & Space Power Journal. You will find this a good entry point for your search for more information.

Chapter 6
by Louis Morton
     Maj. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, the Far East Air Force commander, is mentioned in this online chapter of the book. You can access the page by clicking on the title and using the "Find" function on "Brereton"

LEWIS H. BRERETON(1890-1967)
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