Category: United States Army Air Forces

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The United States Army Air Forces (USAAF or AAF) was the aerial warfare service of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II (1939/41–1945), successor to the previous United States Army Air Corps and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force of today, one of the five uniformed military services.(Source: United States Army Air Forces, Wikipedia.org, accessed September 8, 2018.)

Preceeded by: Category: United States Army Air Corps Succeeded by: Category: United States Air Force

History:

  • 1926- The Air Corps became the branch for Army aviation.
  • 1935, General Headquarters (GHQ) Air Force was created for operational aviation units.
  • June 20, 1941- The Army Air Forces (AAF) came into being six months before Pearl Harbor.
  • March 1942 Army Air Forces attained quasi autonomy. A few months after entering the war Army Air Forces and Army Ground Forces were made co-equal commands.
  • The Army Air Forces replaced the Air Corps as the Army aviation arm and for practical purposes became an autonomous service. All World War II Army aviation training and combat units were in the Army Air Forces.
  • About 2.4 million men and women served in the Army Air Forces. Around 600,000 of these were members of other branches.
  • Many WW II servicemen still proudly identify themselves as veterans of the Air Corps. Although the Air Corps was their branch they actually served and fought in the Army Air Forces!
  • In honoring Army aviation in WW II, the most appropriate and inclusive identification is Army Air Forces.
  • The Army Air Forces existed until Congress established the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1947. The new U.S. Air Force absorbed personnel from the Air Corps and from other Army branches who had been serving in the Army Air Forces.

Conflict/War Periods: For conflict/war periods see :

See:

  • The Army Air Forces in World War II, seven volume official history, edited by Wesley Frank Craven and James Lea Cate, Office of Air Force History, Washington, D.C., New Imprint 1983.
  • The Army Air Forces in World War II, Geoffrey Perret, Random House, New York, 1993.
  • Army Air Forces Historical Association
  • The Birth of the United States Air Force, Air Force Historical Research Agency Web Site, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, October 12, 2001. Maxwell.af.mil

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Subcategories (8)


Person Profiles (39)

A

23 Dec 1919 Peason, Sabine, Louisiana, United States - 29 Sep 1980
30 Mar 1917 - 26 Dec 2004 photo
20 Feb 1923 - 10 Sep 2012

B

26 Feb 1923 Brushy Prairie, Trinity County, Texas - 27 Oct 2007
30 Jan 1920 North Dakota, United States - 24 Dec 2005 photo
14 Dec 1919 Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States - 06 Jun 1944 photo
28 Aug 1921 West Plains, Howell, Missouri, United States - 21 Feb 2007
06 Feb 1922 Kearney, Clay, Missouri, United States - 21 Aug 2013 photo

C

29 May 1922 Minnesota, United States - 28 Jul 2008
21 Jul 1950 Guilford County, North Carolina, United States - 22 Feb 2022

D

1920s - 1990s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow)
28 May 1927 Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States - 09 Nov 1956
20 Jul 1918 Alpine, Brewster, Texas, United States - 13 Jan 1995
09 Jan 1924 Swarthmore, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA - 12 Oct 2004 photo

H

22 Jul 1918 Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, USA - 22 May 2013
23 Jun 1908 Anderson, Madison, Indiana, United States - 05 Jul 1943 photo
04 Nov 1919 Johnson County, Iowa, USA - 08 Feb 2006
19 Oct 1920 Arkansas, United States - 27 Apr 1944 photo
1930 York, Pennsylvania, United States - 16 Jul 2016
04 Jul 1921 Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States - 24 Aug 1944

J

22 Jul 1926 - 25 Mar 2008

L

17 Dec 1922 Texas - 13 Oct 1974
15 Mar 1928 - 01 Mar 2008
01 Mar 1918 - 25 Aug 2004

M

08 Oct 1923 Newport, Monroe, Michigan, United States - 16 Feb 2006
11 May 1919 - 30 May 2007
18 Nov 1907 Gladys, Williams, North Dakota, United States - 15 Jan 1967

M cont.

29 Oct 1920 Washington, District of Columbia, United States - 20 Feb 1999 photo
05 Jul 1905 Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States - 26 Sep 1948 photo

P

08 Jun 1912 Council, Adams, Idaho, USA - 22 Mar 1967

S

22 Jan 1923 Neviles Prairie, Houston County, Texas - 07 Jun 2019 photo
13 Oct 1924 Marysville, Union, Ohio, United States - 13 Mar 1998
12 Mar 1921 Texas - 23 Dec 1946
17 May 1915 Haywood, North Carolina, United States - 24 Jan 2004

T

30 Mar 1912 Friday, Trinity County, Texas - 10 Jun 1974
16 Feb 1920 - 02 Feb 2005
07 May 1911 Bay City, Bay, Michigan, United States - 23 Apr 1998
12 Mar 1925 Minnesota, USA - 08 Mar 2011

Z

19 Nov 1914 - 28 Oct 1943 photo




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