Page Title: Eighth Air Force

The Flag of the Eighth Army Air Force

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3x5' dyed nylon design with heading and grommets; image is visible on both sides

 


What do you say about guys who get up every day to fly missions knowing there were very bad odds that they would return. If your crew could complete a certain amount of missions, the Army would let you go home. The trouble was, the average life of a crew was about half that number of missions.

"The 8th AAF suffered 26,000 deaths out of the 350,000 officers and men. (The U.S. Navy suffered 37,000 deaths out of the 4.1 million in the WW II Navy.) " The Eighth Air Force Historical Society

This statistic is not meant to take anything away from The Navy. It does show you the odds of surviving the air war over Europe. Similarly, Marine Corps killed and missing were 24,511 out of 669,100 serving. Wikipedia These numbers tell us something about the withering fire faced in a few years in the skies over Europe.

I have been long intrigued by the Eighth Air Force and will be posting much more information here. I just wanted to get this page up now that the flag is available

 

 

 

 

 

37,000 deaths out of the 4.1 million in the WW II Navy.)




activated on 28 January 1942 at the Chatham Armory in Savannah, Georgia.























Eighth Air Force Historical Society
http://www.8thafhs.org/ourhistory.htm

The Official Web Site of 8th Air Force
http://www.8af.af.mil/

Our motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."