The Generals of WWII

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Portrait of Lieutenant-General William Ellsworth Kepner

Kepner, William Ellsworth


* 6th of January 1893

† 3rd of July 1982



1936-06-16 Lieutenant-Colonel (Temporary)
1939-08-15 Lieutenant-Colonel
1940-03-01 Colonel (Temporary)
1941-12-24 Colonel (Army of the United States)
1942-02-27 Brigadier-General (Army of the United States)
1943-04-27 Major-General (Army of the United States)
1946-07-01 Brigadier-General (Army of the United States)


1938-07-07 1940-01-31 Commanding Officer 8th Pursuit Group
1940-02-01 1940-03-25 Executive Officer, 2nd Wing
1940-03-27 1941-04-13 Executive Officer, Air Defense Command
1941-04-14 1941-07-22 Chief of Staff, 1st Air Force
1941-09-01 1942-02-XX Commanding Officer 1st Air Support Command
1942-02-24 1942-06-30 Commanding General 4th Interceptor Command
1942-07-01 1943-03-17 Commanding General 4th Fighter Command
1943-03-18 1943-06-30 Commanding General 4th Air Force
1943-08-29 1943-12-31 Deputy Commanding General 8th Air Force [United Kingdom]
1943-08-29 1944-12-31 Commanding General 8th Fighter Command [United Kingdom]
1944-07-01 1944-12-31 Commanding General 2nd Bombardment Division [United Kingdom]
1945-01-01 1945-05-10 Commanding General 2nd Air Division [United Kingdom]
1945-05-10 1945-06-21 Commanding General 8th Air Force [United Kingdom]
1945-08-04 1945-12-02 Commanding General 9th Air Force [Germany]
1945-12-03 1946-01-XX Commanding General 12th Tactical Air Command [Germany]
1946-01-17 1946-06-26 Deputy Commanding General for Aviation, Joint Task Force 1 [Bikini Atoll]
1946-10-13 1947-09-30 Commanding General Technical Division, Air Training Command
1947-10-01 1948-06-30 Chief of Special Weapons, Atomic Energy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Material, Headquarters US Air Force
1947-10-01 1948-05-31 Deputy Commanding General Air Force, Joint Task Force 7
1948-07-01 1948-08-XX Assistant Deputy Chief for Atomic Energy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters US Air Force
1948-08-06 1950-06-13 Commanding General Air Proving Ground Command
1950-07-01 1953-02-28 Commander in Chief Alaskan Command
1953-02-28 Retired
Picture source: Courtesy of Shawn M. Bohannon