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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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