16 Air forces Covered the Globe

The USAAF was an enormous organisation, employing some 2.5 million people during the Second World War. Its influence ranged form the United States West Coast, through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the Pacific and back. Organising something as big as this, especially during war-time, was a logistical nightmare.

I have made it a personal challenge to figure out how it all slotted together and have managed, in a small part, to assemble a guide to the various complicated air forces and its overall hierarchical structure.

The challenge continues, but so far it’s not bad. Maybe you could shed some light on this huge organisation and unravel its hidden mysteries. See it here.

P-51 ‘Princess Elizabeth‘ at Duxford

Princess Elizabeth was originally the P-51B ’42-106449′ of Lt William T Whisner, and latterly Lt Robert Butler, 487nd FS, 352nd FG, Eighth Airforce, and was lost to Flak on June 6th 1944. The ‘Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney‘ gained a remarkable reputation, and were to become one of the most successful Fighter Groups of the Eighth Air force. Bodney today.

“If I can’t shoot them down, I’ll scare them down” – Trail 8

“If I can’t shoot them down, I’ll scare them down” Major John Meyer, of the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group RAF Bodney, prepares to take off on another sortie against the Luftwaffe, in his P-51 Mustang ‘Lambie II‘.

Today, Bodney is an Army training barracks operated by STANTA. What little remains of the airfield is run down and overgrown.

The 352nd became known for their determination and valour and earned themselves the name of the ‘Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney’ because of their distinctive blue nosed P-51s.

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P-51 Blue Nosed Mustang ‘Princess Elizabeth’ Lt William Whisner 487th FS Bodney, Seen at Duxford.