Original U.S. WWII US Army Air Forces Desktop Accessories Grouping - 3 Items

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This is a fantastic little grouping, perfect for the avid WWII US Army Air Forces collector. The two wooden items appear to be professionally made items and were meant to be used as storage. The Officer’s peaked visor “chest” is the highlight of this group, the attention to detail and the craftsmanship is just absolutely beautiful. The 3rd items is a single prop on a base and appears to have been constructed of aircraft aluminum, as these so often were.

A lovely grouping ready for further research and display.

The Army Air Forces was formed in 1941, from the Army Air Corps, in response to the growing structure and mission that Army aviators were playing and the need for a more independent command structure. When created, several other nations had already adopted independent air forces but the United States made the decision to leave aviators as a part of the Army.

The Army Air Forces was born in one of the biggest steps toward an independent Air Force. With the threat of war looming, the aviation branch underwent a massive reorganization and the Army Air Forces was given control over all of Army aviation under the direct orders of then-Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall.

At the Air Corps' height, it had more than 2.4 million people and 80,000 aircraft in service and flew more than 2.3 million missions during World War II.

Eventually becoming the Air Force in 1947, many of the pilots and missions of the Army Air Forces moved to the newly formed branch of service.

The Army was left with a handful of pilots and planes flying observation missions for field artillery units, but this would be short-lived as a new and revolutionary concept in aviation would change modern combat forever.

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