United States Army Air Forces WWII
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United States Army Air Forces in World War II:

Notable forces within the USAAF during that time:

  1. Strategic Bombing Forces: The USAAF’s strategic bombing forces conducted large-scale bombing campaigns against Axis targets. The Eighth Air Force, based in England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, were the primary forces responsible for strategic bombing in Europe. These forces operated heavy bombers like the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator.
  2. Tactical Air Forces: Tactical air forces provided close air support, interdiction, and air superiority in support of ground forces. The Ninth Air Force, operating in Europe, and the Tenth Air Force, operating in the China-Burma-India theater, were key tactical air forces. They flew a variety of aircraft, including fighters, light bombers, and ground attack aircraft.
  3. Air Defense Forces: The USAAF maintained air defense forces to protect against enemy air attacks. This included interceptor squadrons equipped with aircraft like the P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang. The First Air Force and Fourth Air Force were responsible for air defense within the United States.
  4. Air Transport Command: The Air Transport Command (later renamed the Air Transport Service) was responsible for airlift and transport operations. It transported personnel, supplies, and equipment across various theaters of operations. It played a crucial role in supporting logistics and maintaining supply lines.
  5. Airborne Forces: The USAAF also had airborne forces, which included troop carrier units responsible for transporting paratroopers and towing gliders. These forces were instrumental in airborne operations such as the D-Day invasion and the airborne assault on Operation Market Garden.
  6. Training Commands: The USAAF had training commands responsible for training pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and other personnel. This included the Army Air Forces Training Command and specialized schools for different aviation roles.



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