FOREWORD

Chronologies have a very special place in written history—they present a sequential record or chronicle of events, without attempting to interpret their significance. They serve as an important reference tool for historians, who provide the correlation and assign the meaning to the events that have taken place in any given period of history.

 

The Army Air Forces in World War II: Combat Chronology, 1941—1945 is no exception. It is precisely what its name indicates—a factual record of combat operations conducted by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. No attempt has been made to interrelate the events—that task remains for those writing history. No attempt has been made to incorporate events of broader scope than combat operations of the AAF—for those the historian may consult other specialized chronologies. This volume does, however, fill in the fine, essential detail to the earlier seven-volume history of The Army Air Forces in World War II.

 

 

Washington, D.C.

EARL G. PECK, Brig. Gen., USAF

1 December 1974

Chief, Office of Air Force History

 

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