The Desert Air Force (DAF), also known chronologically as Air Headquarters Western Desert, Air Headquarters Libya, the Western Desert Air Force, and the First Tactical Air Force (1TAF), was an Allied tactical air force initially created from No. 204 Group under RAF Middle East Command in North Africa in 1941 to provide close air support to the British Eighth Army. Throughout World War II, DAF was made up of squadrons from the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the South African Air Force (SAAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), and other Allied air forces.
... The following were the air officers commanding either the Air Headquarters Western Desert or the Desert Air Force AHQ Western Desert 21 October 1941 Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Coningham (also AOC AHQ Libya ...
... Group, 21 February–22 August 1943, P-40 Warhawk Attached to Western Desert Air Force, 21 February 1943 Attached to Desert Air Force, c ... April 1943 Attached to 7 South African Air Force, 21 May–22 August 1943 79th Fighter Group, 18 November 1942 – 1 August 1943, P-40 Warhawk Attached to Western Desert Air Force ... Group, 23 December 1942 – 1 August 1943, P-40 Warhawk Attached to Western Desert Air Force, 23 December 1942 Attached to Desert Air Force, c ...
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