Seventh Air Force
The Seventh Air Force (7 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). It is headquartered at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
The command's mission is to plan and direct air component operations in the Republic of Korea and in the Northwest Pacific.
Established on 19 October 1940 as the Hawaiian Air Force at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii, the 7 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the Pacific Theater of World War II, providing air defense of the Hawaiian Islands and engaging in combat operations primarily in the Central Pacific AOR. It was assigned units engaging enemy forces in the Gilbert Islands; Marshall Islands; Caroline Islands; Mariana Islands, and in the last major battle of the Pacific War, the Battle of Okinawa. Returning to its defense role in Hawaii after the war, 7 AF became the primary USAF command and control organization in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
7 AF is commanded by Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Scott A. Delveau.
... The first of these operations took place on 16 April, when 57 P-51s strafed Kanoya Air Field in Kyushu ... Due to the lack of Japanese air opposition to the American bomber raids, VII Fighter Command was solely tasked with ground attack missions from July ... occasionally encountered Japanese fighters in the air, the airfields were protected by anti-aircraft batteries and barrage balloons ...
... During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces engaged in combat against the Empire of Japan in the Central Pacific Area ... initial USAAF combat organization in the region was Seventh Air Force, which was originally formed in Hawaii as the Army Air defense command for the islands ... After the Pearl Harbor Attack on 7 December 1941, Seventh Air Force retained the mission of its predecessor of the defense of the Hawaiian Islands and until the closing months of the war it maintained ...
... Commands 7th Air Force Base (later, VII Air Force Base VII Air Force Service) 19 February 1942 – 15 August 1944 VII Air Service Area 3 August 1944 – 12 August 1945 ...
... and units deployed to Takhli were placed under the command and control of the Thirteenth Air Force, headquartered at Clark AB in the Philippines ... of Tonkin Resolution which expanded the air war into North Vietnam ... The United States Air Force component of the U.S ...
... By establishing air bases in the Mariana Islands, the United States Army Air Forces could establish bases to conduct long-range strategic offensive air operations over the Japanese Home Islands with ... within the range of the B-29, as well as provide the Twentieth Air Force with reliable means of support from the western ports of the United States ... sad chapter of the tenacious fighting that lie ahead for the Allied forces, with the Japanese mounting a fanatical military defense and the fighting causing ...
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