Eighth Air Force
The Eighth Air Force (8 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). It is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The command serves as Air Forces Strategic – Global Strike, one of the air components of United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). The Eighth Air Force includes the heart of America's heavy bomber force: the B-2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft.
Established on 22 February 1944 as a redesignation of VIII Bomber Command at High Wycombe Airdrome, England, 8 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the European Theater of World War II, engaging in operations primarily in the Northern Europe AOR, carrying out strategic bombing of enemy targets in France, the Low countries and Germany and engaging in air to air fighter combat against enemy aircraft until the German Capitulation in May 1945. It was the largest of the deployed combat Army Air Forces in numbers of personnel, aircraft and equipment.
During the Cold War, 8 AF was one of three Numbered Air Forces of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command (SAC), with a three-star general headquartered at Westover AFB, Massachusetts commanding USAF strategic bombers and missiles on a global scale. Elements of 8 AF engaged in combat operations during the Korean War; Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm.
... The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Pooler, Georgia, in the western suburbs of Savannah ... and stories, most of which are dedicated to the history of the Eighth Air Force during World War II ...
... April 13 The Eighth Air Force's largest mission to date (115 B-17s) destroys half of the Focke-Wulf factory buildings in Bremen June 13 The heaviest fighter attacks to date against the ... July 29 First use of unguided air-to-air rockets against American combat box formations of heavy bombers by JG 1 Oesau and JG 11, attacking with Bf 109Gs ... August 13 The first Ninth Air Force raid on Austria bombed the Wiener Neustadt Bf 109 factory November 2 The USAAF 12th Air Force conducted the first large Allied aerial attack against Zadar, Italy November 3 A ...
... Andrews was not reappointed as commander of General Headquarters Air Force when his term expired on 1 March 1939 ... Billy Mitchell, he was reduced in rank to colonel (his "permanent rank") and assigned as air officer of the Eighth Corps Area in San Antonio, Texas ... Continuing his career after the war in the United States Air Force, he died in the crash of his B-26 in Oregon in April 1949 ...
... Headquarters, Eighth Air Force – Barksdale AFB, Louisiana Eighth Air Force supports U.S ... Joint Forces Command, and is designated as U.S ... Strategic Command's Task Force 204, providing on-alert, combat-ready forces to the president ...
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