Guide to the Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers

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Guide to the Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers 1935/1945

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers
Dates: 1935-1945
Identification: MS-0274
Creator: Rohfleisch, Kramer Jesse, 1911-2000
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Topical Term:

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

Administrative Information

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research

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.

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.
Information about related materials is available at

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is divided into two series:
I. Printed Materials and Ephemera
II. Commanders' Materials

Scope and Contents

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.

Detailed List of Contents


Printed Materials and Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 1

War Department: Staff Officers' Field Manual 1940

Box 1, Folder 2

Identification of Aircraft circa 1940

Box 1, Folder 3

Identification of Merchant Vessels circa 1940

Box 1, Folder 4

War Department: Coast Artillery Field Manuals 1940

Box 1, Folder 5

Song and Service Book for Ship and Field: Army and Navy 1942

Box 1, Folder 6

War Department Technical Manual: Handbook on Japanese Military Forces 1941

Box 1, Folder 7

Basic Field Manuals 1941-42

Box 1, Folder 8

Criteria for Dispersed Airdrones 1942

Box 1, Folder 9

Armament and Fields of Fire: German Aircraft 1942

Box 1, Folder 10

Silhouette Handbook of US Army Air Forces Airplanes 1942

Box 1, Folder 11

Identification of Aircraft for Army Air Forces Ground Observer Corps 1942

Box 1, Folder 12

Aircraft Spotters' Guide 1942

Box 1, Folder 13

Aircraft Intelligence Reports 1942

Box 1, Folder 14

Axis Submarine Manual

Box 1, Folder 15

Camouflage for the Army Air Forces 1942

Box 1, Folder 16

Officer Candidate School: Training Methods, Student manual 1942

Box 1, Folder 17

War Department: Coast Artillery Field Manual 1942

Box 1, Folder 18

How to Get Along in the Service, by F.W. Holbein 1943

Box 1, Folder 19

Spotter Playing Cards

Box 1, Folder 20

US Battleships 1943

Box 1, Folder 21

Tank Notes 1940s

Box 1, Folder 22

Combat Intelligence Course Curriculum 1940s

Box 1, Folder 23

SAAAB: Naval Forces, Pilots 1943

Box 1, Folder 24

Warships in Code 1943

Box 1, Folder 25

Headquarters Air Intelligence School: NIP Notes 1940s

Box 1, Folder 26

Map, Photos from the Military Services Publishing Company 1940s

Box 1, Folder 27

United States and British Naval Vessels

Box 1, Folder 28

Identification of Ships and Marine Activities 1943

Box 1, Folder 29

Map and Aerial Photograph Reading 1943

Box 1, Folder 30

Class Notes and Curriculum 1943

Box 1, Folder 31

Medical Compend for Commanders of Naval Vessels 1944

Box 1, Folder 32

Military Symbols: Departments of the Army and the Air Force June 1951

Box 1, Folder 33

Soldier's Manual for Defense Against CBR Attack April 1953

Box 1, Folder 34

Use and Installation of Boobytraps January 1956

Box 1, Folder 35

Map Reading, Department of the Army March 1956, October 1960

Box 1, Folder 36

Evasion and Escape, Department of the Army December 1958

Box 1, Folder 37

Grenades and Pyrotechnics, Department of the Army October 1959

Box 1, Folder 38

Explosives and Demolitions, Department of the Army May 1959

Box 1, Folder 39

Infantry Replacement Training Center: I am a Doughboy

Box 1, Folder 40

Oversize 1943


Commanders' Materials

Box 1, Folder 41

Notes and Memoranda 1943

Box 1, Folder 42

Final Research Drafts and Memoranda 1942-43

Box 1, Folder 43

Journal November - December 1943

Box 1, Folder 44

Arawe Landing 1943

Box 1, Folder 45

Admiralties 1944

Box 1, Folder 46

Aircraft Strength

Box 1, Folder 47

Air Intelligence Bulletins 1943-44

Box 1, Folder 48

Air Command General

Box 1, Folder 49

Air Command Problems

Box 1, Folder 50

Air Transport 1943

Box 1, Folder 51

Allocation of Aircraft Overall 1943

Box 1, Folder 52

Army-Navy Coup 1942-43

Box 1, Folder 53


Box 1, Folder 54

Bouganville, Plans and Options

Box 1, Folder 55


Box 1, Folder 56

Command, Tasks 2 & 3

Box 1, Folder 57

Command Personnel 1944

Box 1, Folder 58

Coop with SWPA

Box 1, Folder 59


Box 1, Folder 60

Fighter Escort 1944

Box 1, Folder 61

Fighter Planes 1943-44

Box 1, Folder 62


Box 1, Folder 63

Intelligence Summaries, General

Box 1, Folder 64

Japanese Barges

Box 1, Folder 65

JCS Plans 1944

Box 1, Folder 66

USAFISPA - Air Operations Summary

Box 1, Folder 67

Final Research Drafts, the Bouganville Campaign

Box 1, Folder 68


Box 1, Folder 69

Coral Sea

Box 1, Folder 70

Annex No. 2 to JCCS

Box 1, Folder 71


Box 1, Folder 72


Box 1, Folder 73

Pacific Route