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Keith Karl Compton


Keith Karl Compton (December 9, 1915 – June 15, 2004) was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command. He flew as Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent on Operation Tidal Wave over the Ploesti oil refineries, August 1, 1943.

Keith Compton was commander of the 409th BS, then operations officer for the 93rd BG in 1942. In 1943 he became Commander of the 376th BG and led the Ploesti Raid with General Uzal Ent. He then served as assistant to the Air Chief of Staff for Operations, 15th AAF in North Africa in March, 1944 and returned to the US in July 1944 as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training, 2nd AAF, Colorado Springs, CO. His career as SAC's Chief of Staff, then AF Operations Deputy sitting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Chief of Staff, US Air Force. Then Vice Commander in Chief, SAC.

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Units served with

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

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  • 409th Bomb Group
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  • 9th Air Force


  • 42-40664 'Honey Chile' 'Teggie Ann'

    B-24 Liberator
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  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
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Born Saint Joseph, MO, USA 9 December 1915

1915 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA.

Promoted February 1953

Vice Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command, Feb 1953.

Retired 1 August 1969

retired August 1, 1969.

Died San Antonio, TX, USA 15 June 2004

June 15, 2004, San Antonio, Texas, USA.


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- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia.

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