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Encyclopedia > Eighth Air Force

The Eighth Air Force is a numbered air force (NAF) of the major command (MAJCOM) of Air Combat Command of the United States Air Force and it is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Image File history File links 8THAFWWII.png Logo of the Eighth Air Force during World War II From: www. ... The Air Combat Command (ACC) is the major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly aircraft), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the unified commands that include elements from different branches of the... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aviation branch of the United States armed forces. ... Barksdale Air Force Base is a U.S. military base near Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Barksdale is the home of the U.S. Air Forces 2nd Bombing Wing and headquarters of the 8th Air Force . ... State nickname: Pelican State Official languages English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last official government census, but probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Senators Mary Landrieu (D) David Vitter (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 16 Population  - Total...


In World War II, it was a United States Army Air Force unit, which carried out daytime bombing operations in western Europe from airfields in eastern England from 1942. The Eighth Air Force was under the command of Lt. General James H. Doolittle, the hero of the 1942 B-25 air raid on Tokyo and other cities in Japan. It later became the United States Air Forces in Europe. Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the globe and is accepted as the largest and deadliest... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... A satellite composite image of Europe // Etymology Picture of Europa, carried away by bull-shaped Zeus. ... For other uses, see Airport (disambiguation). ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: England Travel guide to England from Wikitravel English language English law English (people) List of monarchs of England – Kings of England family tree List of English people Angeln (region in northern Germany, presumably the origin of the Angles for whom England is named) UK... This article is about the year. ... Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. ...


The present Eighth Air Force began its existence as VIII Bomber Command and received its current designation when the original Eighth Air Force redesignated to United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF). It engaged in combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II and moved to the Pacific Theater in the final months of the war. Eighth Air Force served Strategic Air Command (SAC) after the war, both in the United States and overseas until SAC was deactivated, then served Air Combat Command since June 1, 1992. Bomber Command is an organizational military unit, generally subordinate to the air force of a country. ... The United States Strategic Air Forces was the command body of the American strategic bomber forces in Europe during World War II. It was formed on 22 February 1944 by the redesignation of the Eighth Air Force. ... The European Theater of Operations, or ETO, was the term used by the United States in World War II to refer to most United States military activity in Europe north of the Mediterranean coast. ... The Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) is the term used in the United States for all military activity in the Pacific Ocean and the countries bordering it, in World War II. Pacific War is a more common name, around the world, for the broader conflict between the Allies and Japan... Information regarding the film Strategic Air Command may be found under a separate article The Strategic Air Command or SAC was the branch of the United States Air Force in charge of Americas bomber-based and ballistic missile-based strategic nuclear arsenal, as well as the infrastructure necessary to... The Air Combat Command (ACC) is the major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly aircraft), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the unified commands that include elements from different branches of the... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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Commands During World War II

First Eighth Air Force

Bomber Command is an organizational military unit, generally subordinate to the air force of a country. ... The fighter arm of The Mighty Eighth Air Force eventually consisted of 15 groups (each with three squadrons) organized in three wings based in southern England. ...

Second Eighth Air Force

The fighter arm of The Mighty Eighth Air Force eventually consisted of 15 groups (each with three squadrons) organized in three wings based in southern England. ...

See also

Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike (JFCC SGS) is a component of the United States Strategic Command. ... ...

External links

  • Eighth Air Force official website
  • WWII Bomb Groups - European Theater of Operations (ETO)

  Results from FactBites:
 
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum (1227 words)
The mission of the Eighth Air Force was the heavy bombardment of strategic and military targets in Nazi-occupied Europe and Germany.
In the early years the Eighth's bombers sustained heavy losses to the German Luftwaffe because escort fighters did not have the fuel capacity to accompany the bombers all the way to the target.
The Eighth Air Force separated from the USAAF in 1947 and became part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), organized under the newly independent U.S. Air Force.
Eighth Air Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3418 words)
During the war the Eighth Air Force was headquartered in England at the Wycombe Abbey School for Girls, Buckinghamshire.
Eighth Air Force headquarters moved to Okinawa on 16 July 1945, being assigned to the U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces to train new bomber groups for combat against Japan.
Eighth Air Force was relieved from assignment to Strategic Air Command and assigned to the new Air Combat Command (ACC) on 1 June 1992.
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