Family seeks U.S. Army Air Corps flag

My husband joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. I am looking for an Army Air Corps flag so I can fly it in his honor since he lost his fight with cancer. I want to fly it along with his Air Force retirement flag when we fly the American flag. My son, who is retired Navy, would also like to honor his dad that way. Do you know if there is a flag for the Army Air Corps?

— Clara C., Eagle Point

We ran your question up the SYA flag pole to see if it would fly, Clara.

Sure enough, Tom Marshall, a retired Air Force enlisted man now working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City, stepped forward to help us out.

"The Air Force became its own branch on Sept. 18, 1947 — that's when we developed our own flag," he observed, establishing his credentials in the military history department.

At the outbreak of World War II, the U.S. Army Air Forces became the command responsible for all U.S. Army air operations. The Army Air Corps was its predecessor. Each unit of the U.S. Army Air Forces had its own flag, which you can see online at http://tmg110.tripod.com/usafh1.htm.

You can find the colorful flags for each unit on the website. For example, there is a flag for the Eighth Air Force in Europe, Ninth Air Force in the Middle East-Europe, 11th Air Force in the North Pacific, 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean, the 14th Air Force in China.

No, there was no 13th Air Force. Something about bad luck and all.

"So the flag would depend on which unit her husband was stationed with during the war," he explained.

Once that was determined, you may be able to order it through a military surplus store, he suggested.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.

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