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Fith Air Force


Providing an air umbrella for MacArthur, Fifth Air Force was an integral part of the successful campaign to retake New Guinea, the Philippines, and by war's end, Okinawa. When the war ended, Fifth Air Force had an unmatched record of 3,445 aerial victories, led by the nation's two top fighter aces Major Richard Bong and Major Thomas Mcguire, with 40 and 38 confirmed victories and two of Fifth Air Force's ten Medal of Honor recipients.


The Fifth Air Force is not only one of the oldest and continuously active of the US Air Forces, is also one of the few never to have been been based in the United States itself.

 

Created by Ann Jamison in loving memory of Lt. Col. Anne Marie Doering.