VIII Fighter Command

Command

Object Number - UPL 32487 - "Nazi aerial strategy has been defeated; Germany is to get raids of greater intensity until resistance is shattered, so said Maj Gen William E...

VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Service Numbers: O-018714
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 2nd Air Division
  • Service Numbers: O-17959
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant General
  • Role/Job: Pilot; Commanding Officer; Chief of Staff 8th Fighter Command
United States Air Chiefs of the European Theatre of Operations stand with a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 97th Bomb Group. Left to right these are: Major-General Frank, Brigadier-General Ira Eaker, Brigadier-General Robert Candee, Brigadier-General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter, Major-General Karl Spaatz and Lieutenant-General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 2 Aug 1942.' [stamp] 'USA (BRI) CCC: STF.' [written annotation] and '213540.' [Censor no
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command
  • Service Numbers: O-9597
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Commanding General
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 66th Fighter Wing Headquarters (66th Fighter Wing)
  • Service Numbers: O-17421
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Fighter Wing Commander; 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

Established

1942-02-01

Based

High Wycombe 1942-05-12

Based

High Wycombe 1945-07-17

Based

Bushey Hall 1942-07-27

Based

Charleroi 1945-01-12

Based

Honington 1945-10-26

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 83rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18007358 / T-190463 / O-2044857
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command) No 133 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885256
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885900
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command
  • Service Numbers: O-285403
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Assistant Chief of Staff
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 20th Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group 554th Fighter Training Squadron 79th Fighter Squadron Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command)
  • Service Numbers: O-401361
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-3483) of the 482nd Bomb Group takes off. 

Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Probably B-17 with reworked turrett. 92 BG? or 94, 95, 96, 100, 390, 303, 305, 306, 351, 379, 381.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Chopstick A-Able
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 401st Bomb Group 482nd Bomb Group 812th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 31st Fighter Group 309th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: VIII Fighter Command 350th Fighter Group 495th Fighter Training Group 67th Observation Group Headquarters Squadron (495th Bomb Group) 109th Observation Squadron

Mission

  • Date: 19 July 1944
  • Official Description: 731 fighters, operating in 19 separate units, support the Heavy bombers; 8 of these units afterwards strafe ground targets, including parked aircraft, locomotives and rolling stock, and road vehicles.... 7 fighters are lost.... and the fighters claim...
  • Date: 19 March 1945
  • Official Description: 1,273 bombers and 675 fighters are dispatched to hit airfields and industrial targets in Germany visually and with H2X radar; clouds force 2 of the 3 forces to hit secondaries; 100+ Luftwaffe fighters including 36 Me 262s in formation (largest number...

Revisions

Date4 Sep 2019 15:31:36
ContributorEmily
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:44
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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