February 21, 1945

  1945: P-47 Thunderbolts attack the Berchtesgaden railway station for the first time; however, the fighters do not attack Hitler’s nearby Eagle’s Nest retreat.

February 20, 1944

  1944: MEDALS OF HONOR: Three are received by Eighth Air Force crew members for valorous service this date: Sgt Archibald Mathies, 1Lt William R. […]

February 19, 1936

  1936: Brig Gen William “Billy” Mitchell dies at Doctor’s Hospital, New York City. He is later buried in Milwaukee.

February 18, 1943

  1943: The first class of 39 flight nurses graduate from the U. S. Army Air Forces School of Air Evacuations at Bowman Field, KY.

February 15, 1944

1944:    Twelfth Air Force sends 254 B-17 and B-25 bombers to attack and destroy the Abbey of Monte Cassino, Italy, preparing the way for a […]

February 13, 1913

1913:    Smithsonian Institute regents appoint an advisory committee to inaugurate the Aerodynamic Laboratory project at Langley Field, VA.

February 12, 1973

  1973:    Operation HOMECOMING/MACKAY TROPHY. After N. Vietnam releases its POWs, MAC airlift returns them to Clark. When the POWs reach America, the 375th Aeromedical […]

February 11, 1977

1977:    Jimmy Carter becomes the first President to fly in the E-4A National Emergency Airborne Command Post in a flight from Andrews AFB, MD to […]

February 8, 1918

1918:    The Army changes its aircraft insignia to concentric circles of red and blue around white. See http://wwiisquadronpatches.com/NationalInsigniaHistoryUSAircraft.html for a capsule history of roundels.