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US Army Middle East Air Force

US Army Middle East Air Force (USAMEAF) was activated on 28 June 1942 in Cairo, Egypt. It brought together several units which had been operating the area including the HALPRO Detachment, and Lewis Brereton's 9th Bomb Squadron.

USAAF units were later sent to join USAMEAF to support to ground troops and secure sea and air communications in the Mediterranean during the destruction of Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps.

USAMEAF was dissolved and replaced by the Ninth Air Force in November 1942.

Commanding officers
  • Lewis Brereton

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer...

Structure

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Encompassing
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    Group
    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York.[3] It trained in New England and...

  • 1st Provisional Group

    1st Provisional Group

    Group
    The 1st Provisional Group was established on 20 July 1942 at Lydda. It brought together the existing 9th Bomb Squadron and the Hal Bomb Squadron, which were operating the Middle East.

  • 12th Bomb Group
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

  • 9th Bomb Squadron

    9th Bomb Squadron

    Detachment
    A detachment of personnel from the 9th Bomb Squadron, which was a part of the 10th Air Force in the China Burma India Theatre, under the command of Lewis Brereton were sent to the Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations in the summer of 1942 to support...

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Became

Stations

Station Location Date
Established 28 June 1942
Dissolved 12 November 1942

Connections

People

  • Lewis Brereton

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2019 13:37:40 Emily Changes to unit part of associations
Sources

Air Force Combat Chronology

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2019 16:13:59 Emily Created entry with type, category, name, description, aircraft types, unit part of associations, person associations, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

The Army Air Forces in World War II, Volume 2. Europe: Torch to Pointblank August 1942- December 1943

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