Air Force Timelines Page (World War II section) (Air Force Historical Research Agency)
Air Force Timelines Page (World War II section) (Air Force Historical Research Agency) – http://www.afhra.af.mil/timelines/index.asp
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- How can I locate an US Army Air Force base in the United Kingdom?
- Where were the Tuskegee Airmen trained?
- What did someone have to do to earn a Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II?
The Timelines section of the Air Force Historical Research Agency features chronologies from a number of conflicts. Here we focus on the section devoted to World War II, which features the following documents:
- Army Air Forces Statistical Digest World, Part I [PDF]
- Army Air Forces Statistical Digest World, Part II [PDF]
- Army Air Forces Statistical Digest World, Part III [PDF]
- The Army Air Forces in World War II (used by permission of HyperWar Foundation)
- Tuskegee Airmen Chronology [PDF]
- Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal Criteria (Theater and Command) [Word Doc]
- Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal Criteria (Chronological) [Word Doc]
- USAAF European Airfields [PDF]
- USAAF Bases in United Kingdom [PDF]
- Installations, USAAF Combat Units in UK, 1942 – 1945 [PDF]
- USAAF Aerial Victory Credits Over German Jets [PDF]
Not all of the documents here are chronologies. For instance, the publication “USAAF Bases in United Kingdom” is a finding aid. A finding aid to USAAF bases is essential to writers of WWII stories because during the war itself there were few references to names or locations of bases. All references in correspondence refer to base numbers.
For items that are chronological, such as the Tuskegee Airmen Chronology, the annotations next to dates can be up to a paragraph and have a reference for further reading.
For a birds eye view of the Army Air Forces in World War II, see the Army Air Forces Statistical Digest volumes, which contain summary statistics on AAF personnel, aircraft, equipment, combat operations and other activities during World War II.
If your story features a character with an air medal, be sure to check out the Distinguished Flying Cross documents above as the criteria changed several times of the course of the war. This document also provides descriptions and photographs of these air awards.