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Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers, 1935-1945 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers, 1935-1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Rohfleisch, Kramer Jesse (1911-2000)

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet


The collection is divided into two series:

I. Printed Materials and Ephemera

II. Commanders' Materials

Subjects: United States. Army Air Forces--History--World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of research materials used by Kramer Rohfleisch in his work on the history of the Army Air Forces in World War II. The collection includes articles, pamphlets, clippings, training and field handbooks and manuals, ephemera,  miscellaneous materials, and declassified commanders' reports, memos, and letters.  Also included are Rohfleisch's personal training notes and curriculum from the Army Officer Candidate School.

The largest part of the collection consists of declassified, original reports, letters, and memos (both typed and handwritten) sent between operating generals in the Pacific Theater during World War II. These materials cover a huge number of topics related to military involvement in that area, and are annotated in his hand as part of Rohfleisch's extensive research.

Biographical Note

Kramer Rohfleisch studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. After serving in Intelligence Operations during World War II, he wrote several histories of the Army Air Forces in the War, concentrating on operations in the South Pacific. He taught history at San Diego State College from 1947 to 1974.

Subject/Index Terms

United States. Army Air Forces--History--World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Kramer Rohfleisch

Related Materials: The Army Air Forces in World War II; prepared under the editorship of Wesley Frank Draven and James Lea Cate; v. 4, part I of this publication was written with research materials in this collection. For more information please see

Related Publications: AAF in the South Pacific to October 1942; and The 13th Air Force; both written by Kramer Rohfleisch and published by the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Processing Information: This collection was formerly known as the World War I and World War II Manuscript Collection. Series One of that collection (a former pamphlet file dealing with World War I) was separated and relevant materials were cataloged in 2010. The remaining materials became the current collection according to their original provenance.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Printed Materials and Ephemera],
[Series 2: Commanders' Materials],

Series 2: Commanders' MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Notes and Memoranda, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Final Research Drafts and Memoranda, 1942-43Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Journal, November - December 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Arawe Landing, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Admiralties, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Aircraft StrengthAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Air Intelligence Bulletins, 1943-44Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Air Command GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Air Command ProblemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Air Transport, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Allocation of Aircraft Overall, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Army-Navy Coup, 1942-43Add to your cart.
Folder 53: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Bouganville, Plans and OptionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: COMAIRSOLS, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Command, Tasks 2 & 3Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Command Personnel, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Coop with SWPAAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: GloucesterAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Fighter Escort, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Fighter Planes, 1943-44Add to your cart.
Folder 62: GreenAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Intelligence Summaries, GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: Japanese BargesAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: JCS Plans, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 66: USAFISPA - Air Operations SummaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: Final Research Drafts, the Bouganville CampaignAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: RabaulAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: Coral SeaAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Annex No. 2 to JCCSAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: AlaskaAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: HawaiiAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: Pacific RouteAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.

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