The Command Structure of the USAAF

During the Second World War, the USAAF grew beyond recognition. The 16 air forces that made up the overall USAAF covered the globe, every theatre of war saw some action. This ranged from the home regions, protecting the west coast from Japanese submarines and naval attacks, the east coast, searching for marauding German submarines, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific and Japan.

Organising these air forces fell to Commands, the ‘middle management’ of the Air Force. Commands, or sometimes referred to as ‘Divisions’, combined the groups that made up the fighting forces of each of the 16 air forces.

I have broken each one down, listing the groups and main squadrons that fell within each one. Click the link here to see how these Divisions were organised.



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