8th Army Air Forces WW2 Patch

8th Air Force

8af.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to units of the 8th Air Force is not a complete list of all who served with the 8th, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted as VIII Bomber Command on 19 January 1942. Activated in the US on I Feb 1942. An advanced detachment was established in England on 23 Feb and units began arriving from the US during the spring of 1942. The command conducted the heavy bombardment operations of Eighth AF from 17 Aug 1942 until early in 1944. Redesignated Eighth AF on 22 February 1944.

Stations: Langley Field, Va, 1 Feb 1942; Savannah AB, Ga, c. 10 Feb 1942; Daws Hill, England, 23 Feb 1942; High Wycombe, England, 15 May 1942-16 Jul 1945

World War II Commanders

Maj Gen Ira C. Eaker, 23 Feb 1942
Brig Gen Newton Longfellow, 2 Dec 1942
Maj Gen Frederick L. Anderson, I Jul 1943
Lt Gen James H. Doolittle, 6 Jan 1944
Maj Gen William E. Kepner, 10 May 1945

Order of Battle

1st Bombardment Wing: 1942-1943
2d Bombardment Wing: 1942-1943
3d Bombardment Wing: 1942-1943
4th Bombardment Wing: 1942-1943
12th Bombardment Wing: 1942-1944
1st Air Division: 1943-1945
2d Air Division: 1943-1945
3d Air Division: 1943-1945
VIII Fighter Command 1944-1945


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