Paul Lawrence Barton, 73, a retired Air Force brigadier general who flew 35 combat missions as a bomber group commander during World War II, died of cancer May 13 at his home in Arlington.
Gen. Barton retired from the Air Force in 1964 after 34 years of military service. At his retirement he was director of logistics planning for the assistant to the chief of staff of the Air Force.
A native of Plymouth, Vt., he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in infantry regiments in Hawaii and Georgia before training as a pilot in Texas.
During World War II he was awarded a Silver Star for leading his bomber group in a raid that resulted in the destruction of an enemy rail center at Nis, Yugoslavia.
He also helped plan and execute the first Allied bombing missions from Russia against German targets, and he led bombing raids against enemy oil refining and storage facilities in Germany and Hungary.
After the war, Gen. Barton served at posts in Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Germany. He attended the National War College and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard, and commanded the Northern Pacific Air Materiel Area in Japan. In 1960 he was appointed director of logistics planning for the Air Force assistant chief of staff at the Pentagon.
His other military decorations included three Legion of Merit citations and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
After his retirement from the Air Force, Gen. Barton worked four years for the Logistics Management Institute in Washington, then retired a second time.
His first wife, the former Ara Armstrong, died in 1977. Survivors include his wife, Helen Blount Barton of Arlington; a son by his first marriage, Paul Lawrence Jr., of Annandale, and two sisters, Barbara Chiolino of Rutland, Vt., and Betty Bailey of Boston. A daughter, Stephanie, died in 1961.