The Mighty 8th

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        The Mighty 8th

  1.  · March 21, 2013  Visit Savannah Blog

The Eighth Bomber Command (Re-designated 8th AF in February 1944) was activated as part of the United States Army Air Forces January 28, 1942, at Hunter Field in Savannah, Georgia. Brigadier General Ira C. Eaker took the headquarters to England the next month to prepare for its mission of conducting aerial bombardment missions against Nazi-occupied Europe. During World War II, under the leadership of such Generals as Eaker and Jimmy Doolittle, the 8th AF became the greatest air armada in history. By mid-1944, the 8th AF had reached a total strength of more than 200,000 people (it is estimated that more than 350,000 Americans served in 8th AF during the war in Europe). At its peak, the 8th AF could dispatch more than 2,000 four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighters on a single mission. For these reasons, the 8th AF became known as the “Mighty Eighth”.

Savannah’s Museum, now known as the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force offers daily tours, workshops and hands-on experiences for all ages. With vintage aircraft, artifacts, photographs and more, this one-of-a-kind experience offers a moving and educational look into the history of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

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Mighty 8th

Mighty 8th

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