When, in April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, the Air Service of the American Army, then called the Aviation

Section, Signal Corps, had a strength only 65 officers and about 1,100 men. It possessed about 200 training aircraft, but not a single

one of a type fit for service on the actual battle front nor were any airplanes of this type being manufactured in the United States.

There was no existing foundation of practical experience upon which could be based plans for the development of an overseas

force and for the placing of an aerial army in the air. Seventeen months later, on November 11, 1918, in the Air Service, American 

Expeditionary Forces there were 7,738 officers and 70,769 men.


December 1918  Col. Edgar S. Gorrell AEF

Asst. Chief of Staff to Maj. General Mason M. Patrick, Chief of Air Service AEF




AIRCRAFT: SALMSON 2A2 - DEHAVILLAND DH-4 - SPAD S. X111

 
 
 


   For the purposes of this website, we have chosen those Aero Squadrons of the AEF that would go on to serve with what would

become the 3rd Attack / 3rd Bombardment Groups.



8th Aero Squadron

12th Aero Squadron

13th Aero Squadron

26th Aero Squadron

90th Aero Squadron

104th Aero Squadron

279th Aero Squadron - Redesignated 5th Air Park in 1918