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AAF to England


Because of severe shortages of planes, personnel, supplies and equipment, the Army Air Forces was not able to send any units to England immediately. The first contingent of 1,800 personnel sailed from Boston for Liverpool on April 27, 1942. The first airplanes, 18 B-17s, left the United States on June 23, and by flying the main ferry route through Labrador, Greenland and Iceland, the first airplane reached England on July 1. By the end of August, 386 planes (119 B-17s, 164 P-38s and 103 C-47s) had successfully crossed the North Atlantic.

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