Turner Ashby Sims, Jr.
Brigadier General, United States Air Force
of the United States Air Force
BRIGADIER GENERAL TURNER A. SIMS JR.
Turner Ashby Sims Jr., was born in 1904 at
Little Rock, Arkansas. He was appointed cadet, U.S. Military Academy August
17, 1921, and served as such to June 12, 1926 when he graduated and was
appointed Second Lieutenant, Air Services, Regular Army; accepted June
12, 1926; assigned service number 0 16 374; transferred to the Corps of
Engineers, September 28, 1926 with rank from June 12, 1926; transferred
to the Air Corps, July 3, 1928 with rank from June 12, 1926; promoted to
first lieutenant (permanent), September 17, 1931 with rank from September
1, 1931; accepted September 19, 1931; promoted to captain (permanent),
June 14, 1936 with rank from June 12, 1936; accepted June 19, 1936; promoted
to major (temporary), November 16, 1940; accepted November 18, 1940; appointed
major, Army of the United States, February 10, 1941 with rank from January
31, 1941; accepted February 13, 1941;
He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, 1926; Air Corps Primary Flying School, 1927; Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Bombardment Course, 1927; Air Corps Engineering School, 1934; Air Corps Tactical School, 1940.
General Sims holds the aeronautical ratings of command pilot, technical observer and aircraft observer.
He served an a student, Air Corps Primary Flying
School and later Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Brooks and Kelly fields,
Texas from June 1926 to August 1927; assistant post operations officer,
later instructor, Attack Section, Air Corps Advanced Flying Schools, Kelly
Field, Texas to August 1929; instructor, Department of Natural and Experimental
Philosophy, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, to July 1933,
student, Air Corps Engineering School, Wright Field, Ohio; assistant chief,
Propeller Unit, Aircraft Branch and later director, Propeller Unit and
later Dynamic Research and Test Laboratory Aircraft Branch, Engineering
Section, Air Corps Materiel Division, Wright Field, Ohio to June 1936,
director, Propeller Unit, Aircraft Branch and assistant
He has held a continuous commission since June 12, 1926 with active duty from June 12, 1926 to October 31, 1947.
Brigadier General Sims was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his services in positions of great responsibility in the development of fighter aircraft to escort heavy bombers and his vital role in the establishing and development of aircraft modifications centers. He directed and coordinated the Developments, Procurement and Production Aircraft Program and devised ways and means to expedite completion of the most vital developmental projects and to maintain maximum production. He was authorized the American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
General Sims was buried with full military honors in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.