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The Official Guide to the Army Air Force – 1944

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THIS IS YOUR AIR FORCE – Here is the complete and official book on the Army Air Forces.

In simple, concise, and in-to-date terms, you become personally familiar with its men and airplanes, tactics and techniques, supply lines, and bases.

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The significant decision of the Army Air Forces to make this book available to civilian readers as well as those in uniform answers a continued demand for a single, authoritative source of reference to the mightiest air force in the world.

This guide has 388 pages, including 4 in full color, 64 pages of rotogravure photographs, and 175 drawings, diagrams, and maps.

Originally published in 1944, this text was rescued and restored since it is full of so much AAF history.

The individual stories of AAF members that gave their lives in battle are especially compelling.

Table of Contents

WHAT WE ARE

  • Teamwork: key to the AAF operations
  • Organization for the air war
  • Continental air forces and commands
  • Parts of an air force:
    • aircrews
    • flights
    • squadrons
    • groups
    • wings
    • divisions
    • commands
  • An air force in combat
  • Command, staff and control
  • Unified planning
  • Working with others

WHO WE ARE

  • Personnel expansion and requirements
  • Aviation cadets
  • General duties of the air and ground crews
  • Military occupational specialties
  • Aeronautical ratings and badges
  • Pay scales
  • Insignia
  • The redistribution program
  • Women in uniform
  • Civilian personnel
  • Women volunteers

HOW WE TRAIN

  • Training for pilots, navigators, bombardiers, gunners, glider pilots, radar observers Technical, administrative and supply training
  • How air and ground units prepare for combat
  • Overseas training
  • AAF Tactical Center
  • School of Aviation
  • Medicine
  • Staff officers courses
  • Convalescent and rehabilitation training
  • Prevention of flying accidents

WHAT WE FIGHT WITH

  • Procurement and production
  • AAF airplanes:
    • types
    • performance
    • characteristics
  • Engineering
  • Engines
  • Jet propulsion
  • Aviation fuels
  • Propellers
  • Electrical and hydraulic systems
  • Machine guns, turrets, aerial cannon
  • Bombs
  • Instruments
  • Parachutes
  • Photographic equipment
  • Wright Field
  • Test pilots
  • Proving for combat

HOW WE KEEP ‘EM FLYING

  • Air logistics
  • Supply and transport agencies
  • Types of supply Air depots, base supply, service centers
  • Transportation by ground and sea
  • Moving an AAF unit
  • Overseas movement
  • Transportation within theaters
  • Ferrying of aircraft
  • Air transport
  • Air priorities
  • Maintenance problems and methods
  • Echelons of maintenance
  • Reclamation and salvage

WHAT WE FIGHT FROM

  • The need for airbases
  • Types and functions
  • Maintenance and control
  • The battle for airbases
  • How we build our bases
    • construction
    • facts
    • figures
  • Camouflage Aviation and airborne engineers
  • Use of combat bases

OUR BATTFIELD

  • Natural hazards of the air
  • Army Airways Communications System
  • AAF Weather Service
  • The body in flight
    • anoxia
    • aeroembolism
    • blackouts and redouts
    • cold fatigue
  • Oxygen Aviation medicine
  • Bailing out
  • Forced landings
  • Survival in tropics, desert and artic

OUR AIR FORCES IN ACTION

  • Strategic and tactical operations
  • Target selection The bombing problem
  • Heavy bombardment and the bombsight
  • Medium and light bombardment
  • Fighters and fighter escort
  • Air defense Airborne warfare
  • Reconnaissance Navigation
  • Intelligence
  • Communications
  • Gunnery
  • The combat air forces Unit and individual citations
  • Chronological war record from Pearl Harbor to March 15, 1944.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chronological record from Civil War to Pearl Harbor

AWARDS AND INSIGNIA

  • Color Plates

ROTOGRAVURE SECTIONS

  • Our Leaders (with biographies)
  • Men of the AAF
  • Aircraft of the AAF
  • The AAF in Combat

DRAWINGS, DIAGRAMS, MAPS

  • Listed by subject in the index

APPENDIX

  • Bibliography
  • Abbreviations
  • AAF Vernacular

INDEX

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