Bruce K. Holloway, 87, a retired Air Force four-star general who flew against the Japanese in World War II and commanded the Strategic Air Command from 1968 until retiring in 1972, died Sept. 30 at his home in Orlando. The cause of death was not reported.
Gen. Holloway spent 19 months in China in World War II combat, during which time he was credited with shooting down 13 Japanese aircraft. He served as commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron and later was operations officer of the then newly formed 23rd Fighter Group. The 23rd was the successor unit to the famed "Flying Tiger" volunteer force that served the Chinese against Japan before the United States entered World War II.
Gen. Holloway, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., was a 1937 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his pilot's wings the following year. He was ordered to China in January 1942.
After World War II, he commanded the first jet-powered fighter group. In 1965, he took control of the U.S. air forces in Europe as part of NATO and served in that capacity until Aug. 1, 1966, when he was named Air Force vice chief of staff in Washington. He left the vice chief job to become the sixth commander-in-chief of SAC, which controlled the nation's long-range nuclear forces from its headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base. SAC now is known as U.S. Strategic Command.
His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Army Distinguished Service Medal and two awards of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Orlando; three daughters; and four grandchildren.