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Latico
08-02-2004, 09:25 PM
Did the various air forces involved in WWII have different structure to their Air Arms.

It appears the the US Navy Structured thier combat "AG" around a combination of Squadrons. For example; a carrier AG normally had any combination of VS, VB, VT, and VF squadrons, with all squadrons perminantly assigned to the AG using the same number as the AG. (AG-6 would have VS-6, VB-6, VT-6, etc.)

I'm going to assume that the USAAF had a different structure, since I've seen reference to "##FS,##FG" or "##BS, ##BG". Could someone straighten me out on this.

Also for the other Air forces, both allied and axis.

I've just started a project that will require this info so I can get everything right. Gonna see if I can set up a data base that can be queried to find out what Squadrons/Ag's were where and when.

Latico
08-02-2004, 09:25 PM
Did the various air forces involved in WWII have different structure to their Air Arms.

It appears the the US Navy Structured thier combat "AG" around a combination of Squadrons. For example; a carrier AG normally had any combination of VS, VB, VT, and VF squadrons, with all squadrons perminantly assigned to the AG using the same number as the AG. (AG-6 would have VS-6, VB-6, VT-6, etc.)

I'm going to assume that the USAAF had a different structure, since I've seen reference to "##FS,##FG" or "##BS, ##BG". Could someone straighten me out on this.

Also for the other Air forces, both allied and axis.

I've just started a project that will require this info so I can get everything right. Gonna see if I can set up a data base that can be queried to find out what Squadrons/Ag's were where and when.

VF-17_Jolly
08-03-2004, 03:58 PM
http://www.armyairforces.com/images/world-map-2.gif

The Army Air Forces of World War II were broken down by Air Force, Division, Wing, Group, and then Squadron. Some of the smaller Air Forces did not bother with Divisions while 8th Air Force was nearly as large as all the other Air Forces combined, and alone had 3 Air Divisions.

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Snuffy Smith
08-03-2004, 04:44 PM
You are quite right. Air Force Groups where nearly all of one type, and larger formations tended to be of the same or similar type too. The final example of this would be 20th Air Force, where the whole Air Force was of one type of plane: the B-29. It's just a matter of form follows function.

The Navy needed mixed general purpose groups to work alone or at great distance from bases (Carrier size determined group structure). The carrier group needed planes to scout, bomb, torpedo, and fight. Over time enough carriers of different types became available that they began to specialize and you got specialized carriers for fast-attack, anti-submarine, close air-support, and ferry to bring reserve-aircraft to the combat carriers and forward island bases. A lot of Air Force planes got to their bases by being ferried on carriers, then flown ashore.

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Latico
08-03-2004, 06:56 PM
Thanks for the info.

Any one know the structures of the other Nationalities AF's?

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08-03-2004, 07:20 PM
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