Far East Air Force (FEAF)
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF)
On November 16, 1941 the Far East Air Force (FEAF) was included the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC) aircraft in the Philippines. On December 8, 1941 many FEAF bombers and fighters were destroyed on the ground or in the air. The few surviving aircraft including B-17 Flying Fortresses were withdrawn southward to Darwin in Australia. By January 5, 1942 the FEAF is under the control of US Forces in Australia (USFIA) renamed US Army Forces in Australia (USAFIA) with Major General George H. Brett in command. On January 14, 1942 the Headquarters transfers to Java to defend the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) but is withdrawn. On February 5, 1942 the FEAF was redesignated the 5th Air Force (5th AF) in Australia.
On June 15, 1944 the Far East Air Force (FEAF) was reformed by combining the 5th Air Force (5th AF) in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and 13th Air Force (13th AF) in the South Pacific (SOPAC) under the command of General George C. Kenney. The reformed FEAF continues until the end of the Pacific War.