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Ninth Air Force

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as V Air Support Command on 21 Aug 1941. Activated on 1 Sep 1941. Redesignated Ninth AF in Apr 1942. Moved to Egypt and began operations on 12 Nov 1942, participating in the Allied drive across Egypt and Libya, the campaign in Tunisia, and the invasions of Sicily and Italy. Moved to England in Oct 1943 to become the tactical air force for the invasion of the Continent. Helped prepare for the assault on Normandy, supported operations on the beach in Jun 1944, and took part in the drive that carried the Allies across France and culminated in victory over Germany in May 1945. Inactivated in Germany on 2 Dec 1945.

Commanding officers
  • William Kepner

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command
    From 1909 to 1913, Kepner served in the US Marine Corps. By 1916 he was a second lieutenant in the Indiana National Guard. After a short spell in the US cavalry, in 1917 he transferred to the infantry as a captain and commanded a company at the Battle...

  • 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...

  • Hoyt Vandenburg

    Military | General | Commanding General 9th Air Force
    Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg (January 24, 1899 – April 2, 1954) was a U.S. Air Force general, its second Chief of Staff, and second Director of Central Intelligence. ...

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  • US Army Middle East Air Force

    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. ...

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Date Contributor Update
07 June 2022 08:33:55 Emily Changes to aircraft associations
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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.

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01 June 2022 13:06:09 Emily Changes to person associations
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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.

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26 May 2022 08:05:04 Emily Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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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.

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23 May 2022 11:31:14 Emily Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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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.

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20 May 2022 11:15:58 Emily Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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Regular removal of erroneous people and aircraft associations made to record- individual people and aircraft were never directly assigned to the USAAF's Combat Air Forces.

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06 August 2021 19:33:55 Kickapoo Changes to type, nicknames and aircraft types
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98th Bombardment Group - Wikipedia

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12 November 2019 22:22:05 ihanson7 Changes to person associations
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My Grandfather

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03 September 2019 14:25:52 Emily Changes to type, category, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, unit part of associations and commanding officers associations
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

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11 June 2019 19:54:59 Claiborne Stokes Changes to type and air forces
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29 September 2016 15:02:15 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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Added Gordon E Batdorf.

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27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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