Eighth Air Force

Command
The insignia of the 8th Air Force.

Object Number - FRE 5298 - The insignia of the 8th Air Force.

Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force in February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.

The Eighth Air Force earned the unofficial nickname 'The Mighty Eighth' in the 1970s following the publication of Roger Freeman's book 'The Mighty Eighth'.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division
  • Service Numbers: O-15502
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: O-271855
  • Highest Rank: General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 2nd Air Division
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

High Wycombe 1944-02-22 - 1945-07-16

Previously was

Encompassing

Danish civillians inspect the wreckage of a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-107082) of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'St Heddinge 13th May 1944 at 18:30 Hrs. 8th AAF, 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Wing, 379th Bombardment Group, Squadron?.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Two airmen of the 466th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation
  • Unit Hierarchy: Division
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: O-22381
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: 12176810 on enlisting
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Air crew
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
A modified B-17 Flying Fortress (FBGSO, serial number 44-8889) used by the Institut Géographique National, France, for aerial surveys. First handwritten caption on reverse: '44-8889, Le Bourget 1976.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '8 Septembre 1976.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force

Mission

  • Date: 9 February 1945
  • Date: 16 February 1945
  • Date: 19 February 1945

Revisions

Date15 Jun 2022 14:06:57
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date13 Jun 2022 15:08:28
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date10 Jun 2022 14:05:11
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date7 Jun 2022 08:33:36
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date1 Jun 2022 13:05:42
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date30 May 2022 14:58:30
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date27 May 2022 14:52:44
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date26 May 2022 08:04:44
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date23 May 2022 11:30:50
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date20 May 2022 18:04:41
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date20 May 2022 11:14:56
ContributorEmily
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

Date20 Jan 2022 12:27:22
ContributorEmily
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Removed aircraft with a serial number from fiscal year 1943 or earlier, due to increased likelihood of being an erroneous association. The 8th Air Force did not officially exist as a unit before February 1944, as such aircraft would have been assigned to Headquarters (8th Air Force), or one of the commands it encompassed before this date.

Date3 Jan 2022 19:35:45
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Updated key image

Date3 Jan 2022 18:43:44
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Changed key image.

Date7 Jun 2021 11:18:41
ContributorEmily
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Removed Motto, which pertains to 8th Air Force post 1945.

Date4 Sep 2019 11:05:21
ContributorEmily
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date18 Jun 2018 14:30:39
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Correction

Date18 Jun 2018 14:05:46
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June 18, 2018

Date18 Jun 2018 14:03:15
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June 18, 2018

Date18 Jun 2018 13:52:45
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June 18, 2018

Date17 Mar 2017 16:45:12
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From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date4 Jan 2015 12:52:55
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USAAF Photo.

Date4 Jan 2015 12:23:40
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USAAF Photo.

Date4 Jan 2015 10:40:01
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USAAF Photo.

Date3 Jan 2015 20:06:12
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USAAF Photo.

Date3 Jan 2015 17:53:38
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Date2 Jan 2015 16:13:28
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USAAF Photo.

Date2 Jan 2015 13:07:06
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USAAF Photo.

Date2 Jan 2015 12:56:48
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USAAF Photo.

Date2 Jan 2015 11:56:46
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USAAF Photo.

Date31 Dec 2014 17:43:15
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Date31 Dec 2014 13:14:37
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Date30 Dec 2014 15:44:57
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Date30 Dec 2014 13:59:33
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Date30 Dec 2014 07:33:25
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Date30 Dec 2014 07:24:14
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Date30 Dec 2014 07:06:36
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Date29 Dec 2014 21:07:14
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Production list / mossie.org

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:43
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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