Kenneth N. Walker was one of the major players in the formulation
of doctrine at the Air Corps Tactical School where he served as
a bombardment instructor during the crucial years of 1929 - 1934
prior to WWII.
He devoted his career to two related objectives: establishment
of strategic bombing as the Air Corps’ primary wartime mission
and the establishment of an independent Air Corps , able to support
and pursue that objective. In August 1941 Walker and three colleagues
created the Air War Plan (AWPD), which described requirements
for U. S. victory in the air.
Walker left Washington for the Pacific in 1942. Walker had built
his career on a strategic bombing theory based on an industrialized
enemy. New Guinea had no industrial centers. He quickly undertook
his education by accompany 5th Bomber Command units on raids against
He led a daylight raid on Rabaul on January
5, 1943 and never returned. For his courage and self-sacrifice, he
was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously.