9th AF

Designated as the Ninth AF in April 1942 it moved to Egypt and began operations on 12 November 1942. Some of the early groups assigned to the 9th were the 12th Bombardment Group (M) flying B-25 aircraft, 98th Bombardment Group (H) and 376th Bombardment Group (H) both flying B-24s. The groups of the 9th participated in missions to targets in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. The 9th HQ Command would move to England in October 1943 and the groups were assigned to the 12th of newly formed 15th Air Force.