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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

Royal Naval Air Service

Heads of the RNAS

Royal Air Force

Chief of the Air Staff

France

Greece

Imperial Russia

Italy

  • unknown

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

  • unknown

Bulgaria

  • unknown

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

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