10th Air Force Insignia AIRCRAFT 10th Air Force Insignia


     The 10th, like all Army Air Forces during World War II used a variety of aircraft to carry out its many different missions: from fighters to transports to observation aircraft, all types were represented in the inventory of the 10th.


10th Air Force BOMBERS 10th Air Force

     The 10th used a variety of bombers to complete it's many offensive missions, everything from the light attack type aircraft such as the A-26 to the heavy bomber represented by the B-17 and B-24. In addition, the bombers of the 10th often had to double as transports, ferrying gasoline, bombs, troops and supplies over the "The Hump" to bases in China.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Light Bomber Douglas A-26 Invader
Light Bomber Vultee A-31 Vengance
Light Bomber North American A-36 Apache
Medium Bomber North American B-25 Mitchell
Heavy Bomber Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Heavy Bomber Consolidated B-24 Liberator


10th Air Force FIGHTERS 10th Air Force

     The 10th used a number of different fighter aircraft to accomplish its many missions. In addition to the primary roles of defending the bombers from enemy aircraft, and attacking enemy bombers, the 10th used its fighters for ground attack, close in air support of troops, "bridge busting", attacks on shipping and ground transportation, and a variety of other roles.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Fighter Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Fighter Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk
Fighter Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Fighter North American P-51 Mustang
Night Fighter Northrup P-61 Black Widow


10th Air Force OBSERVATION 10th Air Force

     Observation work was a dangerous, and often thankless task. Flying slow moving, unarmed and unarmoured aircraft at low altitudes, observers were in constant danger both from fighters and ground fire.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Liason Stinson L-1 Vigilant
Liason Piper L-4 Cub
Liason Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Utility Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman


10th Air Force RECONAISANCE 10th Air Force

     Next to observation work, photo reconaissance was probably the most dangerous mission undertaken by any flyer. Often operating alone photo reconaissance aircraft gathered vital intelligence information which was used to plan bombing missions, assess target damage, and plan ground actions.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Light Reconaissance Lockheed F-5 Lightning
Light Reconaissance North American F-6 Mustang
Heavy Reconaissance Consolidated F-7 Liberator


10th Air Force SEARCH AND RESCUE 10th Air Force

     The 10th Air Force pioneered the use of helicopters for search and rescue operations.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Helicopter Sikorsky YR-4B Hover Fly


10th Air Force TRANSPORT 10th Air Force

     Perhaps even more so than the bomber crews and fighter pilots, the true heros of the 10Th Air Force were the transport crews. Flying unarmed and often unescorted through some of the worst weather and terrain immaginable, they moved more goods and supplies than could the Burma Road, supplying an army and an air force with everything they needed to complete their missions, and laying the groundwork for the Berlin Airlift.

TYPE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATION NAME
Cargo Glider Waco CG-4A Hadrian
Troop Glider Aeronca TC-5  
Cargo Curtiss C-46 Commando
Cargo Douglas C-47 Sky Train
Cargo Douglas C-54 Sky Master
Cargo Consolidated C-87 Liberator
Tanker Consolidated C-109 Liberator


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