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[edit]

British Empire[edit]

Australian Flying Corps[edit]

Royal Flying Corps[edit]

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

Royal Naval Air Service[edit]

Heads of the RNAS[edit]

Royal Air Force[edit]

Chief of the Air Staff[edit]

France[edit]

Greece[edit]

Imperial Russia[edit]

Italy[edit]

  • unknown

United States[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Germany[edit]

Inspector of Flying Troops[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Ottoman Empire[edit]

  • unknown

Bulgaria[edit]

  • unknown

References[edit]

  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