The Second Air Force was first constituted as the Northwest Air District on October 19, 1940. Activated on December 18, 1940, as an element of the Central Defense Command, U.S. Army, it was designated the 2d Air Force on April 9, 1941, and re-designated Second Air Force on September , 18, 1942, when it was an element of the Western Defense Command. It served as both an air defense and as an organization for training units and replacements for heavy and, later, very heavy bombardment operations.
COMMANDS: II Air Support: 1941 - 1943. II Bomber: 1941-1943. II Fighter: 1941 - 1942. IV Air Support: 1942 - 1943. XX (formerly I) Bomber: 1943. XX Bomber (constituted November 1943): 1943-1944. XXI Bomber: 1944. XXII Bomber: 1944 - 1945.
STATIONS: McChord Field, Washington, December 18, 1940; Ft. George Wright, Washington, January 9, 1941; Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1943 - March 30, 1946.
COMMANDERS: Maj. Gen. John F. Curry, December 18, 1940; Maj. Gen. Millard F. Harmon, August 5, 1941; Brig. Gen. John B. Brooks, December 19, 1941 (temporary); Brig. Gen. Carlyle Wash, January 28, 1942 (temporary); Maj. Gen. Frederick L. Martin, February 1, 1942; Maj. Gen. Robert Olds, May 14, 1942; Maj. Gen. Davenport Johnson, February 25, 1943; Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank, July 23, 1943 (temporary); Maj. Gen. St. Clair Streett, September 9, 1943; Maj. Gen. Uzal G. Ent, January 15, 1944; Maj. Gen. Robert B. Williams, October 28, 1944 - end.
CAMPAIGNS. American Theater.
INSIGNE: On a blue square, a golden orange falcon with jesses in striking attitude below a white star bearing a red disc. (Approved December 16, 1943.)
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