2nd Air Force

The Second Air Force was constituted as Northwest Air District on 19 October, 1940, and activated on 18 December 1940. Re-designated 2nd Air Force early in 1941, it served as both an air defense and a training organization during 1941. Afterwards it was engaged chiefly in training units and replacements for heavy, and later, very heavy bombing operations.

Stations:McChord Field, Washington State, 18 December 1940; Fort George Wright, Washington State, 9 January 1941; Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1943-30 March 1946.

Commands:II Air Support, 1941-3; II Bomber, September 1941-October 1943; II Fighter, 1941-2; IV Air Support, 1942-3; XX (formerly I) Bomber, 1 May 1943-1 October 1943 (XX Bomber constituted 19 November 1943 and activated next day, moving to India in XXI Bomber, where it was assigned to 20th AF); XXI Bomber, 1 March 1944-later 1944 (moving to the Marianas and being assigned to the 20th AF for VLR bombing operations until mid-July 1945); XXII Bomber, August 1944-13 February 1945.

2nd AF Commanders: Maj.-Gen. John F. Curry, 18 December 1940; Maj.-Gen. Millard F. Harmon, 5 August 1941; Maj.-Gen. John B. Brooks, 19 December 1941; Maj.-Gen. Frederick L. Martin, 1 February 1942; Maj.-Gen. Robert Olds, 14 May 1942; Maj.-Gen. Davenport Johnson, 25 February 1943; Maj.-Gen. St. Clair Streett, 9 September 1943; Maj.-Gen. Uzal G. Ent, 15 January 1944; Maj.-Gen. Robert B. Williams, 28 October 1944; Brig.-Gen. Julius K. Lacey, 21 November 1945.

Bowman, Martin W. USAAF Handbook, 1939-1945. Sutton Publishing Limited, England. 1997. Page 58.








Army Air Forces Airplane Insignia

1st Air Force Insignia 2nd Air Force Insignia 3rd Air Force Insignia 4th Air Force Insignia 5th Air Force Insignia 6th Air Force Insignia 7th Air Force Insignia 8th Air Force Insignia 9th Air Force Insignia 10th Air Force Insignia 11th Air Force Insignia 12th Air Force Insignia 13th Air Force Insignia 14th Air Force Insignia 15th Air Force Insignia 20th Air Force Insignia