The initial Eighth Air Force became the United States Air
Forces in Europe. The present Eighth Air Force began its existence as VIII
Bomber Command. It engaged in combat operations in the European Theatre of
Operations during World War II and moved to the Pacific Theatre in the final
months of the war. Eighth Air Force served Strategic Air Command after die war,
both in the United States and overseas.
Established as VIII Bomber Command on 19 January 1942.
Activated on 1 February 1942 at Langley Field, Virginia assigned to Air Force
Combat Command. Moved to Savannah AB, Georgia, about 10 February 1942. Moved
Daws Hill, England, on 23 February 1942, joining Eighth Air Force. Moved to High
Wycombe, England, on 15 May 1942. Redesignated Eighth Air Force on 22 February
1944, when the original Eighth Air Force became United States Strategic Air
Force (USSTAF). Moved without personnel or equipment to Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands,
on 16 July 1945, assigned to U .S. Army Strategic Air Forces. Moved without
personnel or equipment to MacDill Field Florida, on 7 June 1946, joining
Strategic Air Command, moved to Fort Worth Army Air Field, Texas, 1 November
1946. Moved to Westover AFB, Massachusetts, on 13 June 1955. Moved without
personnel or equipment to Anderson AFB, Guam on 1 April 1970, absorbing
resources of 3rd Air Division. Moved with personnel or equipment to
BarksdaIe AFB, Louisiana, on 1 January 1975, absorbing resources of Second Air
Force. Relieved from assignment to Strategic Air Command and assigned to Air
Combat Command on 1 June 1992.