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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 commandersEdit

British EmpireEdit

Australian Flying CorpsEdit

Royal Flying CorpsEdit

Director-General of Military AeronauticsEdit
General Officer Commanding the Royal Flying Corps in FranceEdit

Royal Naval Air ServiceEdit

Heads of the RNASEdit

Royal Air ForceEdit

Chief of the Air StaffEdit

FranceEdit

GreeceEdit

Imperial RussiaEdit

ItalyEdit

  • unknown

United StatesEdit

  • 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 commandersEdit

GermanyEdit

Inspector of Flying TroopsEdit

  • 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 EmpireEdit

Ottoman EmpireEdit

  • unknown

BulgariaEdit

  • unknown

ReferencesEdit

  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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