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8th Air Force
Historical Society


Perpetuating the Accomplishments and heritage of
the 8th Air Force for Present and Future Generations

We're Keeping the Memorories Alive

 


The 8th Air Force Historical Society was created in 1975 to preserve the legacy of the Mighty Eighth and the part it played in World War II

Over the years, the Society has become a strong organization with an emphasis on remembering and honoring our comrades who served with distinction: the men who flew, the many thousands of ground crews, and those who worked in the background.
These Veterans, born in the 1920s and before, were members of the greatest air armada of all time. They numbered 350,000 men and women with over 54,000 killed in combat or taken prisoner.

Their children and descendents, who are representatives of these Veterans, saw the need to keep the history and experiences of these warriors alive. Their goal is to preserve the Legacy created by their relatives who went before them, not because of the vanity of their accomplishments, but rather for the preservation of Democracy and Civilization, for maintaining the values of honesty and patriotism exhibited by their generation.

Reunion 2019

Please join us for the 2019 Reunion. October 16-20, 2019

Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet Hotel

St. Louis, Missouri

Join Us!

Join the Society to help preserve the legacy of the veterans of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Some benefits include:

  • ANNUAL REUNIONS - National and Regional Reunions held annually across the United States
  • EVENTS - Tours, Seminars, Symposiums, Banquets, Veteran Question & Answer Sessions and more
  • RESEARCH TOOLS - Access to Bomb Group, Fighter Group and POW experts and researchers
  • THE 8TH AF NEWS - Our award-winning magazine presented quarterly by mail or electronically

JOIN or RENEW NOW

Use the links below to join us or renew your membership

$ 40

Annual


Annual Dues fund our work including the magazine and reunions.

$ 80

Two Year


Why pay every year? Join or renew for two years and never miss a thing!

$ ?

Donate


We are a  501C3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.


 

History

The History of the 8th Air Force

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The Mighty Eighth Army Air Force was activated on 28 January 1942 at the Chatham Armory in Savannah, Georgia. Located at Hunter Field, Colonel Asa N. Duncan was the first commander. Pearl Harbor had just been bombed about a month and a half earlier.

Brigadier General Ira C. Eaker (left) took the Eighth Air Force Bomber Command Headquarters to England the next month and located at High Wycombe, about 40 miles west of London and on the road to Oxford. In May 1942 Command of the 8th Air Force was assumed by Major General Carl A. 'Tooey' Spaatz (right). He established the 8th Air Force Headquarters at Bushy Park (Teddington, Middlesex), 15 miles west southwest of the center of London on 25 June 1942.

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Many 8th AAF officers and men were missing in action and never accounted for as to their whereabouts. The 8th AAF suffered 26,000 deaths out of the 350,000 officers and men. By comparison, the U.S. Navy suffered 37,000 deaths out of the 4.1 million in WW II. Many bodies were exhumed and returned to the U.S. at the request of families and many families opted to allow their loved ones to remain in U.S. Military and other cemetaries in the United Kingdom and the Continent. (photo: American Cemetery, Cambridge, England)

An estimated 650,000 men and women have served in the 8th Air Force since World War II. Men and women continue the fight for liberty and peace serving in the 8th Air Force now headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport,  Louisiana.

The Eighth Air Force Historical Society, founded in 1975 by an original 8th Air Force pilot, Lt. Col. John Woolnough, serves as a central organization for its individual State Chapters and Wings.

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Research Our Database

Our research database contains information on Bomber, Fighter and Service Groups, their Bases both in England and the United States, Daily Missions and Targets throughout Europe.
Click the button below to go to our Database page. Close that page to return to this page.

Contact Us

See our Mailing Address at the bottom of this web page
or Send us an Electronic Message:

Address

8th AF Historical Society
68 Kimberlys Way
Jasper, GA 30143

Contacts

Email: support@8thafhs.org 
Phone: +1 912 748 8884