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8th Air Army

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The 8th Air Army was a military formation of the Soviet Air Forces, active from around 1942 to 1949.

It was formed June 13, 1942 order of the NKO number 00119 on June 9, 1942 on the basis of the Air Forces of the Southwestern Front (Soviet Union).

Since its formation it was part of the South-Western Front. The Battle of Stalingrad was a part of the South-East, then (from July 12, 1942) Stalingrad Front. Later, as part of the Southern Front (October 20, 1943 it renamed 4th Ukrainian). During the Lvov-Sandomierz operation it was part of the 1st Ukrainian Front.

The VVS Southwestern Front was reorganised as the 8th Air Army on 9 June 1942. Most units (including the 8th Assault Aviation Corps and the 10th Fighter Aviation Corps, and the 321st Bomber Aviation Division) were transferred to the VVS Kiev Military District in April 1946. On 9 April 1946 it was renamed 2nd Air Army DA, and transferred to Vinnitsa, Vinnitsa Oblast. In 1946 the 2nd Air Army DA comprised the 2nd Guards Bomber Aviation Corps (2nd and 13th Guards Bomber Aviation Divisions) and the 4th Guards Bomber Aviation Corps (14th and 15th Guards Bomber Aviation Divisions). On 10 January 1949 2nd Air Army DA was redesignated 43rd Air Army DA.

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8th Air Army Wikipedia


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