The Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association at the University of Akron Archival Services includes the official records of the Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA) including newsletters, membership lists, reunion programs, and photographs. The collection also contains unit histories and personal papers such as diaries, photographs, and oral histories of individuals who served in the Ninth Air Force. The materials in the collection relate predominantly to World War II. Materials are available onsite to researchers during normal business hours. Inventories will be made available online as they are created. Please contact Archival Services for further information.
The Ninth Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command. The Ninth Air Force carried out tactical bombing of enemy targets in support of the Allied ground forces and engaged in air to air fighter combat against enemy aircraft in the North African Campaign and European Theater of World War II. The Ninth Air Force also engaged in combat operations during the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm.
The Ninth Air Force Association was established in 1990 when representatives of nine World War II combat units gathered in St. Louis, Missouri to discuss ways to broaden public knowledge of the deeds and history of the Ninth Air Force. It was decided that an umbrella organization would best augment the efforts of individuals, organizations, and associations in educating, honoring and commemorating the sacrifices made by members of the Ninth Air Force. For more information on the Ninth Air Force Association please see the Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association finding aid.