UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES
 


 
DISTINGUISHING FLAGS & GUIDONS
VIII FIGHTER COMMAND  •  EIGHTH AIR FORCE  •  WORLD WAR II
 

In June 1944 the Eighth Air Force's VIII Fighter Command was headquartered at Bushy Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire. Its three subordinate fighter wings embodied fifteen fighter groups equipped with either P-38 Lightnings, P-47 Thunderbolts or P-51 Mustangs. Also assigned to the command were a signal battalion, a military police company and a gas defense detachment.

Units belonging to the US Army Air Corps had flags and guidons based on the colors ultramarine blue and golden orange, the Air Corps branch colors. These were used also for flags of United States Army Air Forces units, i.e. wings and above. Those units, mostly service and support, that did not belong to the Air Corps had flags and guidons of the designs authorized for their parent branches. USAAF distinguishing flags were made of wool bunting, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly. They were always carried or displayed with a National Standard, Service, made of wool bunting, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly plus 2 1/2-inch yellow silk fringe.

Credits: The drawings on this page are based on the specifications given in Army Regulation 260-10 dated 25 October 1944, a copy of which was kindly provided by FOTW Mailing List member Joseph McMillan. Order of battle information was taken from Dr. Leo Niehorster’s outstanding and essential website, World War II Armed Forces: Orders of Battle and Organizations.
 


 

NATIONAL STANDARD, SERVICE & DISTINGUISHING FLAGS

 

         

VIII FIGHTER COMMAND

 

65th FIGHTER WING

 

66th FIGHTER WING

 

67th FIGHTER WING

 

HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT GUIDONS

 

HHS, VIII FIGHTER COMMAND

 

HHS, 65th FIGHTER WING

 

HHS, 66th FIGHTER WING

 

HHS, 67th FIGHTER WING

 

SERVICE & SUPPORT UNIT GUIDONS

 

418th SIGNAL BATTALION (AVIATION)
 

 

887th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY (AVIATION)
 



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