Air commanders of World War I

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The air commanders of World War I were army or navy officers who came to command air services during the first major conflict in which air power played a significant role.

Entente Powers air commanders

British Empire

Australian Flying Corps

Royal Flying Corps

Director-General of Military Aeronautics
General Officer Commanding the Royal Flying Corps in France
Major-General Hugh Trenchard

Royal Naval Air Service

Heads of the RNAS

Royal Air Force

Chief of the Air Staff

France

Director of Military Aeronautics

Head of the Service Aéronautique

Greece

Imperial Russia

Italy

United States

  • Brigadier-General William L. Kenly, Chief of Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force in France (1917)
  • Brigadier-General Benjamin Foulois, Chief of Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force in France (1917 to 1918)
  • Major-General Mason Patrick, Chief of Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force in France (1918)
  • Brigadier-General Billy Mitchell, Air Commander, Zone of Advance on the American Expeditionary Force in France

Central Powers air commanders

Germany

Inspector of Flying Troops

  • Colonel Walter von Eberhardt, Inspector of Flying Troops (1913–1914)
  • Major Richard Roethe, Inspector of Flying Troops (1914–1916)
  • Major, later Lieutenant-Colonel Wilhelm Siegert, 2nd Staff Officer of Field Air Services (1915–1916), Inspector of Flying Troops (1916–1918)
  • Captain Wilhelm Haehnelt, Air Commander 5th Army (1915–1916), Air Commander 1st Army (1916–1918), Inspector of Flying Troops (1918–1919)

Austro-Hungarian Empire

Ottoman Empire

Bulgaria

Main article: Bulgarian Air Force in World War I (1914–1918)

References

  1. http://www.airpowerstudies.co.uk/APR%20Vol%2012%20No%201.pdf
  2. Harvey. Collision of Empires: Britain in Three World Wars, 1793–1945. p. 419