Air Army

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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On 12 August, the Fourth Air Army began to carry out air raids on the Allied airbases at Hagen, Bena Bena, Wau, Salamaua and elsewhere.
{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.
{38} In order to improve its position, the Army High Command decided at the end of January 1944 to move the Fourth Air Army's centre of operations further westward than Hollandia, in order to give its positions more depth and enable it to conduct a more flexible holding operation.

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