Craigie, Laurence Carbee
1902 - Laurence Craigie born in Concord, New Hampshire, First U.S. Armed Services pilot to fly a jet plane.
1919 - Graduated from Stoneham High School
1923 - Graduated in the U.S. Military Academy in June, being commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Service.
1927 - He took flying training at Brooks and Kelly fields, Texas, and was a flying instructor at both places. He was promoted to first lieutenant in December.
1929 - He went to France Field, Panama Canal Zone, with the 7th Observation Squadron in February.
1931 - He returned to Brooks in May and went to Randolph Field, Texas the following October for varied assignments. Craigie graduated as a captain from the Air Corps Engineering School at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio, Training and Transport Engineering Unit of the Materiel Division there.
1937 - He was named assistant chief of the Engineering Section in July.
1939 - He graduated from the Army Industrial College and assigned as assistant executive of the Experimental Engineering Section at Wright-Patterson with rank of major in June.
1941 - He then attended the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Ala., graduating in March.
- Named assistant of the Aircraft Projects Branch at Wright-Patterson he became chief of the branch in July and was promoted lieutenant colonel that November.
1942 - Then a colonel, became the first pilot of the Armed Forces to fly a jet-propelled plane when he piloted the XP-59 on its initial flight at Muroc Dry Lake, California in October.
1943 - He was assigned briefly to the 1st Fighter Command at Mitchel Field, N.Y., and the following month took command of the Boston Air Defense Wing in Mass in March. Three months later he commanded the New York Fighter Wing and was advanced to brigadier general in September.
1944 - He returned to Mitchel as commanding general of the 87th Fighter Wing. He went to the North African Theater in March as commander of the 12th Air Force's 63rd Fighter Wing.
- In November he vas back at Wright-Patterson as deputy chief of the Air Technical Service's Engineering Division.
1945 - He became chief of the division in August.
1946 - Was promoted to major general in July.
1947 - He became chief of the Research and Engineering Division at Headquarters Army Air Force. That October he was appointed Director of Research and Development under the deputy chief of staff for materiel at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the following September returned to Wright-Patterson as commandant of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
1950 - Became vice commander of the Far East Air Forces in Tokyo in July.
1951 - Returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in November as deputy chief of staff for development.
1952 - He was promoted to lieutenant general in the 5th of July.
1954 - In April he took command of the Allied Air Forces in Southern Europe, at Naples, Italy.
1955 - Retired in the 30th of June.
1994 - Died in the 27th of February.
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