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Total Number Served

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by AACS45, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. AACS45

    AACS45 New Member

    I'm looking for a source that documents the total number of personnel that served in the AAF (or a reasonable estimate). So far, everything I've found is either unattributed, includes all Army personnel, or breaks the AAF numbers out by categories (ie. years, type unit, specialty, etc.)

    I may be suffering from info overload and simply not seeing it...but I'd appreciate it if someone could get me in the right direction.

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2017
  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  3. AACS45

    AACS45 New Member

    Thank you for responding. Unfortunately, I'd already checked these sources before posting.
    (The WW2 Museum figures don't break out AAF numbers and vol 6 of the history is air crew centric....though I'll give the tome a deeper look.)

    I'm thinking the figure is buried in a WW2 Army manpower analyst's report somewhere. Maybe it's in the 'Green Book' series. I'll share once I find it.
  4. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Here is the AAF Statistical Digest, which may offer the figure you seek, perhaps in table 4.

    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a542518.pdf (18 MB)

    Reviewing the "U.S. Army in WWII" volumes; "Green Books" http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/usaww2.html no likely candidates are obvious, including use of their relatively good search engine.

    Edit: also looked at the AFHRA "Numbered Studies" http://www.afhra.af.mil/Information/Studies/Numbered-USAF-Historical-Studies/ nothing obvious but could have missed something.

    You may wish to pose this question directly to an AFHSD (Force update from Air Force History Support Office (AFHSO)) historian, point of contact here http://www.afhistory.af.mil/FAQs/
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017
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  5. AACS45

    AACS45 New Member

    Thank you. The AAF Statistical Digest is a phenomenal resource, except its personnel stats were driven by the 127 reports. Lots of great data, but mostly snap shots in time. I took a second stab at scanning through it, but don't believe it has the info I'm looking for.

    I like the suggestion of contacting the AFHSD historian!
  6. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    If you do receive a response to your query from an AFHSD historian please share those findings with the members here.

    Your query is not exactly a moving target, however regarding WW II it is lacking a beginning point and an end point (defined by you) and perhaps why finding an accurate number "(or a reasonable estimate)" is proving difficult.

    What is your desired time frame? Does it start on 7 December 1941? Or before when the "winds of war" made it obvious world war was on the horizon and what date would you select for this beginning? There are selections to be made postwar to your query also as to when this conflict actually ended. This obviously takes us into the Pacific. What is your desired end point here? Does it end on 15 August 1945 with cessation of hostilities announced by the Japs, agreeing in the end to the Potsdam declaration criteria. Or the treaty signing on the deck of USS Missouri 2 September 1945, or at some point after during or at the end of the occupation of Japan?

    In fact your query is a moving target depending 'your' perceived timetable when to begin and when to stop counting AAF personnel involved throughout this war. Generally rhetorical in nature however things to consider before contacting an AFHSD historian. Good luck with your research.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2017

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