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9th Air Force

The 9th AF participated in Egypt and Libya, the campaign in Tunisia, and the invasions of Sicily and Italy. The 9th transferred to England in October, 1943 and participated in Normandy invasion and the rest of the European continent until the VE-Day.

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 9th Air Force

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.

Activated in the US on 28 Mar 1946. Assigned to Tactical Air Command until Dec 1948 when the Ninth, reassigned to Continental Air Command, lost its role as a tactical air organization and became concerned chiefly with reserve and national guard activities. Redesignated Ninth AF (Tactical) in Aug 1950. Assigned to Tactical Air Command in Dec 1950 and again became concerned primarily with tactical air operations. Redesignated Ninth AF in Jun 1951.

Components. 9th Air Division (formerly IX Bomber Command): 1942-1945. IX Air Defense Command: 1944-1945. IX Fighter Command: 1942-1945. IX Tactical Air Command: 1943-1945. IX Troop Carrier Command: 1943-1944. XIX Tactical Air Command: 1944-1945. XXIX Tactical Air Command: 1945.

Stations. Bowman Field, Ky, 1 Sep 1941; New Orleans AAB, La, 24 Jan 1942; Bolling Field, DC, 22 Jul-Oct 1942; Egypt, 12 Nov 1942-Oct 1943; England, 16 Oct 1943-Sep 1944; France, 15 Sep 1944; Germany, 6 Jun-2 Dec 1945. Biggs Field, Tex 28 Mar 1946; Greenville AAB, SC, 31 Oct 1946; Langley AFB, Va, 14 Feb 1949; Pope AFB, NC, 1 Aug 1950; Shaw AFB, SC, 20 Aug 1954-.

Commanders. Brig Gen Junius W Jones, Sep 1941; Col Rosenham Beam, 1942; Lt Gen Lewis H Brereton, 12 Nov 1942; Lt Gen Hoyt S Vandenburg, 8 Aug 1944; Maj Gen Otto P Weyland, 23 May 1945; MajGen William E Kepner, 4 Aug-2 Dec 1945. Brig Gen Homer L Sanders, 28 Mar 1946; Maj Gen Paul L Williams, 1 Nov 1946; Maj Gen William D Old, 15 Sep 1947; Maj Gen Willis H Hale, 20 OCt 1949; Maj Gen Willard R Wolfinbarger, 1 Aug 1950; Maj Gen Edward J Timberlake, 7 Sep 1951-.

Campaigns. American Theater; Air Combat, EAME Theater; Egypt-Libya; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, a bezant winged argent charged with the Arabic numeral "9" gules, in honor point a mullet of the second bearing a torteau. (Approved 16 Sep 1943.)

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986

   Arrow 100th Fighter Wing
   Arrow 10th Reconnaissance Group
   Arrow 303d Fighter Wing
   Arrow 313th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 314th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 315th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 316th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 322d Bombardment Group
   Arrow 323d Bombardment Group
   Arrow 344th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 354th Fighter Group
   Arrow 358th Fighter Group
   Arrow 362d Fighter Group
   Arrow 363d Reconnaissance Group
   Arrow 365th Fighter Group
   Arrow 366th Fighter Group
   Arrow 367th Fighter Group
   Arrow 368th Fighter Group
   Arrow 36th Fighter Group
   Arrow 370th Fighter Group
   Arrow 371st Fighter Group
   Arrow 373d Fighter Group
   Arrow 386th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 387th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 391st Bombardment Group
   Arrow 394th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 397th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 404th Fighter Group
   Arrow 405th Fighter Group
   Arrow 406th Fighter Group
   Arrow 409th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 410th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 416th Bombardment Group
   Arrow 434th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 435th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 436th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 437th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 438th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 439th Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 441st Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 442nd Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 474th Fighter Group
   Arrow 48th Fighter Group
   Arrow 50th Fighter Group
   Arrow 50th Troop Carrier Wing
   Arrow 52d Troop Carrier Wing
   Arrow 53d Troop Carrier Wing
   Arrow 61st Troop Carrier Group
   Arrow 70th Fighter Wing
   Arrow 71st Fighter Wing
   Arrow 84th Fighter Wing
   Arrow 97th Bombardment Wing
   Arrow 99th Bombardment Wing
   Arrow 9th Air Division
   Arrow 9th Fighter Wing
   Arrow IX Air Defense Command
   Arrow IX Fighter Command
   Arrow IX Tactical Air Command
   Arrow IX Troop Carrier Command
   Arrow XIX Tactical Air Command

Museum Collection

   Arrow Melvin Miller


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