Flight Control Command was a 29 March 1943 – 1 October 1943 United States Army Air Forces command to supervise the Continental United States "weather and communications services" previously provided by the USAAF Directorate of Technical Services, which was discontinued when AAF's "system of directorates"* was abandoned "to move all operations into the field" under Assistant Chiefs of Staff (AC/AS) The reorganization placed the command as 1 of 3 support commands and 11 numbered air forces under the "Operations, Commitments and Requirements"[specify]
Assistant Chief (AC/AS OC&R)
Col. S. R. Harris' Flight Control Command had components which included:
- Army Airways Communications System on 26 April 1943 (reassigned to Air Transport Command as the "Air Communications Service" on 13 March 1946)
- Weather Wing beginning 14 April 1943 (transferred to HQ AAF as the "Army Air Forces Weather Wing" on 6 July 1943)
Office of Flying Safety
The Office of Flying Safety was established 1 October 1943 at the Winston-Salem "facilities of the old Directorate of Flying Safety" and replaced the Flight Control Command.
*In addition to Technical Services, USAAF directorates had included Air Defense, Base Services, Ground-Air Support, Management Control, Military Equipment, Military Requirements, and Procurement & Distribution.
- Frye, Richard W (foreword) (2004) (Google Books). AACS Alumni Association: 1938-2004. Turner Publishing. http://books.google.com/books?id=raDlmenz-csC&pg=PA18&lpg=PA18&dq=%22Flight+Control+Command%22+%22army+air+forces%22&source=bl&ots=K-rqDXzADj&sig=hz9nSOTQIz5hM0evLH2z6EVdTBM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rhlcUrynLsKi2wX26ID4Cw&ved=0CE8Q6AEwDA#v=onepage&q=%22Flight%20Control%20Command%22%20%22army%20air%20forces%22&f=false. Retrieved 2013-10-16. "[Flight Control Command] Established 29 March 1943 to supervise the weather and communications services of the discontinued Directorate of Technical Services, it was abolished 1 October 1943. (Craven and Cate, Vol. 6, pp. 69-70) … On 26 April 1943, following the decision to abandon the system of directorates at headquarters Army Air Forces and to move all operations into the field, AACS was activated as a wing of the newly created Flight Control Command."
- "Commanding General: Army Air Forces [title in top box"]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USAAF_Reorganization_Chart,_29March1943.pdf. (Figure 14 in Van Citters & Bissen)
- (Google books) The Army Air Forces in World War II (Report). Volume Six: Men and Planes. http://books.google.com/books?id=wm2mz4weQNsC&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=%22Flight+Control+Command%22+USAAF&source=bl&ots=62dLfFSbD5&sig=rIm9rOJIlURgyCiBOWesAKFT8gk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=T_ZfUoHxLsL72QW4z4GYBQ&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22Flight%20Control%20Command%22%20USAAF&f=false. Retrieved 2013-10-16. "AAF headquarters reached the same conclusion as AGF, that it was impractical to separate planning and operations, and in a reorganization in March 1943 it reverted to the familiar Pershing pattern.[p. 83] … In August 1944 he directed transfer of responsibility for development and procurement of radar and radar equipment used in aircraft from the Signal Corps to the AAF. A month later he split responsibility for the development of missiles between the Ordnance Department and the AAF.[p. 89] … Not until October 1944 did the AAF succeed in acquiring responsibility for radar; the transfer of personnel and facilities was completed by late January 1945.18" (p. 232) [Google Books version at http://books.google.com/books?id=wm2mz4weQNsC&pg=PA233&lpg=PA233&dq=%22Operations,+Commitments+and+Requirements%22&source=bl&ots=62dLfFSaD2&sig=YOlFEaGTlnhSC4yT3URBUtwMKF0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6PVfUsWaNoSF2QWFm4Eg&ved=0CCoQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=%22Operations%2C%20Commitments%20and%20Requirements%22&f=false ]
- Futrell, Robert F. (July 1947). Development of AAF Base Facilities in the United States: 1939-1945 (Report). ARS-69: US Air Force Historical Study No 69 (Copy No. 2). Air Historical Office. p. 250 (index).
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