8thAFHS 2016 Reunion
Sheraton Westport Chalet, St Louis, MO
October 19 - 22, 2016

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Attention 8thAAF Veterans:

Click Here for information on how to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal. This is the highest award that France can bestow and it is given to all branches of service personnel who participated in the liberation of France.

The Eighth Air Force Historical Society Is Keeping The Mighty 8th Memory Alive

The Eighth Air Force Historical Society was created in 1975 to preserve the legacy of the "Mighty Eighth", and the part it played in American history during WW2. Over the years, it has become a strong organization with an emphasis on remembering and honoring our comrades who served with distinction: the men who flew, the many thousands of ground crews, and those who worked in the background. One of the many activities we honor these great men is at our annual reunions.

These Veterans, born in the 1920's, were members of the greatest air armada of all times. They numbered 350,000 men and women with over 54,000 either killed in combat or taken prisoner.

Their children and descendents, who are representatives of these Veterans, saw the need to keep the history and experiences of these warriors alive. Their goal is to preserve the Legacy created by their relatives who went before them, not because of the vanity of their accomplishments, but rather for the preservation of Democracy and Civilization, for maintaining the values of honesty and patriotism exhibited by their generation.

Join The 8th Air Force Historical Society

You can join this great team to preserve this legacy and participate in the many activities of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. Click here for more information.

  Join others in WW2 research of your loved ones who served in 8thAAF
  National and regional reunions with tours, seminars, symposiums, banquets, and research displays held each year in different parts of the USA.
  Access to Bomb group, fighter group and POW researchers.
  Receive 8th AF News - Click here for sample
  Attend our 2016 Reunion in St Louis - Oct 20th - 24th        We will be posting more informaion in April 2016
Today's 8thAAF Mission History During WWII

Date Name Description
May 27, 1943FC FO 30Sweep Knokke/Roulers/Gravelines area Details
May 27, 19448AF 373Rail targets in Germany and France Details
May 27, 19448AF 374Fighter bomber attack on barges near Willenstadt Details
May 27, 19448AF 375Night leaflet operation France, Belgium Details
May 27, 19448AF FC FO 351Escort and support for 8AF 373 Details
May 27, 1944VIII PR Photo recon France and Germany Details

Researching Individual 8th Army Air Force Veterans

Our research help is limited to the 8th Army Air Force of WWII. These men and women were based in England from 1943 to 1945.

Family members is good place to start your research. Gather all the information you can, such as letters, stories, newspaper clippings, grave markers, etc. Knowing the person's army serial number, bomb/fighter group affiliation, hometown, date of birth and place and date of death are important for continued research.

Hometown newspapers often listed when they graduated from boot camp, completed training phases, were promoted, sometimes even in action overseas. Most certainly if MIA or KIA will be listed in their local newspaper. Click Here for additional help from the 8thAFHS.

Researching Groups, Bases, Targets and Missions

This section pulls together information on the operations of the United States 8th Air Force during World War II from multiple sources on the web and from printed material.

It began as an attempt on the part of an amateur historian, Tom Townsend, to enter all of the mission information in Roger Freemanís Mighty Eighth War Diary into a database for easy searching. As a result of project-creep, it soon turned into a full-fledged Eighth Air Force operations website, with information collected from diverse sources across the internet, books, magazines and diaries. Click Here to access this section.