Air Army

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Air Army


operational command of frontline (tactical) and strategic aviation in the armed forces of the USSR and the USA during World War II (1939-45). Air armies were designed to perform independent missions by means of the conduct of air operations in theaters of operations and to engage in joint combat action with the operational commands of ground forces and with the navy along coastal operational axes. Organizationally they were composed of several large aviation units, detached units, installations, and support and service units. In the USSR air armies of frontline aviation were created in 1942. In the air forces of fascist Germany, operational aviation commands were known as air fleets.


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33} Yet another major cause stressed by the Fourth Air Army was the fact that all of its planes had been based on Wewak and other airbases which were, quite literally, in the front line.
When the Allies landed at Saidor on 2 January 1944, thereby sealing off the Dampier Straits, the Fourth Air Army launched an all-out counter-attack against the invasion areas.
The High Command also decided at this time to temporarily reinforce the Fourth Air Army with some of the Second Area Army's air units.

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