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IX Air Force Service Command


The IX Air Force Service Command performed two functions: supplying the Ninth Air Force, and maintenance and major repair of airplanes and other equipment.

The Command was activated at MacDill Field, Florida on 1 September 1942, and sent to the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations in December 1942. From Cairo the command supported the campaign in North Africa.

On 15 October 1943, the Command was sent to England where it was reorganised at Bushey Park, then Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force. It moved to Sunninghill on 16 November 1943. The command was charged with the responsibility of the maintaining the operational units of the Ninth Air Force and supporting their aims of spearheading the invasion of France. With this remit the command quickly became the largest Air Force Command in the European Theatre of Operations, reaching a maximum strength of 62,617 in August 1944.


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  • Benjamin Taylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 31st Transport Group
    Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, transferred to VIII AF Service Command, transferred to 325th FS, 31st TG, IX AF Service Command. ...




Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 12:23:09 Emily Changes to nicknames

Removed note in nickname field added by user Phil Marchese pertaining to Eighth Air Force naming conventions, as information was both added in wrong place and irrelevant to this record. As per the Unit History at Bangor Public Library, the unit was designated IX Air Force Service Command in September 1942

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 15:19:28 phil marchese Changes to nicknames

See VIII AIR Support Command and 3rd BW transfer to Ninth Air Force after its redeployment from NWA/ME (MTO) to ETO.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 13:50:32 Emily Changes to us air force combat units of world war ii description and unit became association

Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 08:47:09 Emily Changes to type and description

Ninth air force service command Unit History from Bangor Public Library

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27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest

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)