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United States. Air Force. Air Force, 14th


Historical Note

Fourteenth Air Force traces its roots to the late 1930s when Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault organized a group of American civilian volunteer pilots to fight the Imperial Japanese in the China-Burma-India theater. Throughout World War II, the Flying Tigers, known for the distinctive tiger shark paintings on their P-40’s, compiled a stellar war record against numerically superior forces. Following several post-war reorganizations that included a variety of reserve and airlift roles, 14th Air Force became the 14th Aerospace Force (AEROF) in 1968, the first command dedicated to space surveillance and tracking. In 1993, 14th Air Force was restructured in its space role, becoming a numbered Air Force within Air Force Space Command.


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Ralph H. Lyall World War II Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1995-01-09
Contents of the Collection The Ralph Lyall World War II Collection relates primarily to the World War II service of pilot Ralph H. Lyall, Jr., who served in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1944-1945. The collection is a mix of loose materials and a scrapbook. Loose materials include a 1917 registration card for Ralph H. Lyall, Sr., military orders, certificates, correspondence, citations and recommendations, and records. Some items are photocopies and not original documents. One document from 1950 relates...

William Orthman World War II Collection

Identifier: 1991-07-17-A
Abstract William Orthman (1911-1990) was drafted into the United States Army in 1942. He served in the China-Burma-India Theater as Public Relations Officer. The collection is comprised of 340 photographs and a small amount of textual materials from his 1945-1946 service.

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