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Châteaudun Air Base
Châteaudun
Châteaudun
Air Base (French: Base aérienne 279 Châteaudun) (ICAO: LFOC) was a French Air Force
French Air Force
(French: Armée de l'Air (ALA) base, until 1934 and 2014. The base was located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Châteaudun; about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Paris. It is currently an airfield rattached to Orléans – Bricy Air Base. The base is primarily used for aircraft storage and ferrying them to other squadrons of the Air Force. Entrepot de l'Armee de l'Air 601 was assigned to perform this mission. Each French Air Force
French Air Force
squadron stores some of its planes for a while thereby artificially prolong the life of the fleet and better material management. The EAA also has the task of storing new aircraft to be used in time of war
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International Air Transport Association Airport Code
An IATA airport code, also known as an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier,[1] is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association
International Air Transport Association
(IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used. The assignment of these codes is governed by IATA Resolution 763, and it is administered by IATA headquarters in Montreal. The codes are published semiannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory.[2] IATA also provides codes for railway stations and for airport handling entities. A list of airports sorted by IATA code is available. A list of railway station codes, shared in agreements between airlines and rail lines such as Amtrak, SNCF
SNCF
French Rail, and Deutsche Bahn, is available
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387th Bombardment Group
The 387th Air Expeditionary Group
387th Air Expeditionary Group
(387 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing
386th Air Expeditionary Wing
at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
Kuwait
under USAFCENT. As a provisional unit, it may be activated or inactivated at any time
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England
England
England
is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.[6][7][8] It shares land borders with Scotland
Scotland
to the north and Wales
Wales
to the west. The Irish Sea
Irish Sea
lies northwest of England
England
and the Celtic Sea
Celtic Sea
lies to the southwest. England
England
is separated from continental Europe
Europe
by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel
English Channel
to the south
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Ninth Air Force
The Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
(9 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force's Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command
(ACC). It has been headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, since activation on 5 August 2009. From 1990, units were deployed to the Middle East against Iraq, and from 2001 against threats emanating from Afghanistan. This prior Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
is now known as United States
United States
Air Forces Central (USAFCENT). Until August 2009, the Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
shared its commander with USAFCENT.[4] In a complicated transfer of lineage, the Second World War-and-after heritage of the Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force
was bestowed solely on United States
United States
Air Forces Central, and a new Ninth Air Force, was activated on the U.S
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B-26 Marauder
The Martin B-26 Marauder
Martin B-26 Marauder
was an American World War II
World War II
twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company
Glenn L. Martin Company
from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. After entering service with the US Army, the aircraft received the reputation of a "Widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during takeoffs and landings. The Marauder had to be flown at exact airspeeds, particularly on final runway approach and when one engine was out
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P-47 Thunderbolt
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
was a World War II
World War II
era fighter aircraft produced by the United States
United States
between 1941 and 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to eight tons (tonnes) making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine which was also used by two U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat
Grumman F6F Hellcat
and the Vought F4U Corsair
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P-51 Mustang
The North American Aviation
North American Aviation
P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II
World War II
and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation
North American Aviation
(NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The Purchasing Commission approached North American Aviation
North American Aviation
to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under license for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF). Rather than build an old design from another company, North American Aviation
North American Aviation
proposed the design and production of a more modern fighter
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Eighth Air Force
The Eighth Air Force
Eighth Air Force
(Air Forces Strategic) (8 AF) is a numbered air force (NAF) of the United States
United States
Air Force's Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). It is headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The command serves as Air Forces Strategic – Global Strike, one of the air components of United States
United States
Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
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United States Army Air Force
The United States
United States
Army Air Forces (USAAF or AAF), informally known as the Air Force,[1] was the aerial warfare service of the United States of America during and immediately after World War II
World War II
(1939/41–1945), successor to the previous United States
United States
Army Air Corps and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
of today, one of the five uniformed military services. The AAF was a component of the United States Army, which in 1942 was divided functionally by executive order into three autonomous forces: the Army Ground Forces, the Services of Supply (which in 1943 became the Army Service Forces), and the Army Air Forces
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422d Night Fighter Squadron
The 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron
422d Test and Evaluation Squadron
(422 TES) is a United States
United States
Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 53d Test and Evaluation Group, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The squadron performs operational testing of all fighter aircraft and munitions entering and in operational use by Air Combat Command. The unit was originally formed as the 422d Night Fighter Squadron in 1943. After training in the United States, it was deployed to Ninth Air Force in England in the spring of 1944, prior to the D-Day landings in France. During the run-up to D-Day, the squadron trained with Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
night fighter units against Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
raiders who intruded the night skies over England
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P-61 Black Widow
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. warplane designed as a night fighter, and the first aircraft designed to use radar.[2][3] The P-61 had a crew of three: pilot, gunner, and radar operator. It was armed with four 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano M2 forward-firing cannon mounted in the lower fuselage, and four .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns mounted in a remote-controlled dorsal gun turret. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II.[4] The first test flight was made on May 26, 1942, with the first production aircraft rolling off the assembly line in October 1943
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10th Reconnaissance Group
World War II
World War II
(EAME Theater)Air Offensive, Europe Normandy Campaign Northern France
France
Campaign Rhineland Campaign Ardennes-Alsace Campaign Central Europe CampaignDecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation: France, 6–20 May 1944Insignia 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
EmblemThe 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
is an inactive United States Air Force unit
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Kampfgeschwader 51
Kampfgeschwader 51
Kampfgeschwader 51
"Edelweiss" (KG 51) (Battle Wing
Wing
51) was a Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
bomber wing during World War II. The unit began forming in December 1939. The unit operated the Dornier Do 17, Heinkel He 111
Heinkel He 111
and Junkers Ju 88
Junkers Ju 88
light and medium bombers.Contents1 Formation 2 Operational history2.1 Phoney War 2.2 France
France
and the Low Countries 2.3 Battle of Britain 2.4 Balkans Campaign 2.5 Eastern Front 2.6 "Defense of the Reich" and Western Front3 Organisation 4 Commanding officers 5 Notes and referencesFormation[edit]Cockpit of a German Junkers Ju 88A bomber at Murmansk, Russia
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439th Troop Carrier Group
The 439th Operations Group
439th Operations Group
is an active United States Air Force Reserve unit. It is the flying component of the Twenty-Second Air Force 439th Airlift Wing, stationed at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. The unit's World War II
World War II
predecessor unit, the 439th Troop Carrier Group was a C-47 Skytrain
C-47 Skytrain
transport unit assigned to Ninth Air Force in Western Europe. During Operation Overlord, two serials of aircraft, one of 45 and the other of 36 from the 439th TCG were dispatched late in the evening of 5 June to drop the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the first hour of the invasion behind Utah Beach. Difficult weather conditions and heavy anti-aircraft fire were encountered and three aircraft failed to return. A reinforcement mission with gliders was flown on the following day, with 50 C-47s towing 30 Horsa and 20 CG-4 Wacos
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