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The purpose of this website is to document various aspects of the conduct of the air war conducted against the Japanese between April 1942 and the end of the war in the Pacific.

Allied Air Forces Background

By March 1942 the U.S. Army Air Force (AAF) had been defeated in the Philippines, the Netherlands East Indies Air Forces (NEIAF) had been decimated, and the Royal Air Forces (RAF) had been overcome in Malaya and driven back to Burma.  Defeated remnants of the AAF, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and NEIAF were reorganizing in Australia.  While U.S. aircraft carriers held the line a reinforcing flow of American aircraft and new air groups moved into the South Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia.

In April of 1942 the Allies had established the system of command that gave the United States responsibility for managing World War II in the Pacific.  The Pacific was divided into four Area Commands.  The North, Central, and South Pacific Areas were managed by the U.S. Navy in the person of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz initially based at Pearl Harbor.  The South West Pacific Area was managed by the U.S. Army in the person of Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur initially based in Brisbane, Australia

This website will develop annotated lists (Order of Battle) which show the organization and evolution of the various Allied Air Forces