13th Army Air Forces WW2 Patch

13th Air Force

13af.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to units of the 13th Air Force is not a complete list of all who served with the 13th, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted as Thirteenth AF on 14 Dececember 1942. Activated in New Caledonia on 13 January 1943. Served in the South Pacific and, later, Southwest Pacific, participating in the Allied drive north and west from the Solomons to the Philippines. Remained in the Philippines, as part of Far East Air Forces, after the war.

World War II Commanders

MG Nathan F. Twining, 13 Jan 1943
BG Ray L. Owens, 27 Jul 1943
MG Hubert R. Harmon, 7 Jan 1944
MG St. Clair Streett, 15 Jun 1944
MG Paul B. Wurtsmith, 19 Feb 1945

New Caledonia, 13 Jan 1943
Espiritu Santo, 21 Jan 1943
Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1944
Los Negros, 15 Jun 1944
Hollandia, New Guinea, 13 Sep 1944
Noemfoor, 23 Sep 1944
Morotai, 29 OCt 1944
Leyte, 1 Mar 1945

Commands. XIII Bomber: 1943-1946. XIII Fighter: 1943-1946


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