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Eighth Air Force
January 28, 1942 53 days after Pearl Harbor the Eighth Air Force is activated, headquartered at the National Armory on Bull Street in Savannah
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July 2, 1942 Eighth Army Air Corps flies the first European mission of the USAAC (United States Army Air Corps). It is a low-level bombing run against a series of small air bases in the Netherlands. For some reason this date is frequently misquoted as July 4 and the location moved to the marshalling area at Rouen.
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August 17, 1942 Eighth Army Air Corps launched a mission against German marshalling areas in the Rouen, France railyard using American made B-17s. They are over the target for 7 minutes
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August 1, 1943 Bombers from the Eighth (Army) Air Force join with the Ninth in Operation Tidal Wave, a second attempt to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti. Considered to be a disaster (54 out of 177 planes lost), the mission did significantly reduce oil production at the facility for months.
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August 17, 1943 In simultaneous attacks on Regensburg and Schweinfurt, the Eighth (Army) Air Force conducts raids on a Messerschmitt factory (Regensburg) and ball-bearing plants (Schweinfurt) from its secret base in England. Of 376 mission aircraft 60 are lost.
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September 27, 1943 Using new "belly tanks" to dramatically extend the distance they can fly, P-47 bombers raid Emden, then return to the secret Eight Army Air Force in England.
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October 14, 1943 In a second raid on the ball-bearing plants in Schweinfurt, Germany, the Eighth Air Force effectively destroys the target. 60 of 291 planes do not return.
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February 20, 1944 Start of "Big Week", six days of missions designed to destroy German aircraft production. The Eighth Air Force (England) and the Ninth Air Force (Italy) participate.
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March 4, 1944 Lt. Chuck Yeager shoots down his first German fighter while serving in the Eighth (Army) Air Force
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May 21, 1944 Eighth Air Force begins Operation Chattanooga Choo-Choo, systematic raids in Germany and France designed to destroy the Nazi's ability to move munitions and supplies by railroad. It is specifically designed to soften up German lines in advance of D-Day
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June 6, 1944 D-Day, Normandy, France. More than 15,000 sorties are flown over France and Germany, led by the Eighth Air Force.
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June 9, 1944 Eighth Air Force establishes a base in Allied-occupied France
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August 24, 1944 Eighth Air Force's 78th Fighter Group shoots down the experimental Me-262, a German jet-powered fighter. It is the first jet fighter to be shot down.
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February 3, 1945 Eighth Air Force participates in a massive B-17 raid against Berlin, Germany.
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June 13, 1955 Eighth Air Force reassigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC)
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January 1, 1975 Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
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May 4, 1996 Dedication of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia.
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September 7, 2006 After visiting with Little League World Champions from Columbus, Georgia, President George W. Bush visits Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler for a fund-raiser for Republican Max Burns and the Cobb Galleria in Marietta for a speech on the War Against Terror
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