B-17 Nine-O-Nine

Sep 012011

When I started the AAF Collection I was confused over the terms Army Air Corps versus Army Air Forces.  My father often spoke of his service in the Air Corps, but the material I found all seemed to refer to the Air Forces.  I researched the question and uncovered the following history of the Army Air Forces.

Airplanes were a small part of the Signal Corps at the close of World War I. In that war, they were used chiefly for aerial reconnaissance in support of ground troops. A total of 600 American airmen were killed and 340 planes lost. US planes dropped only 138 tons of bombs.1

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  1. Geoffrey Perret, Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II. New York: Random House, 1993, pp. 5 and 7.