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The 5th Air Force - Headquarters on Java in the Neatherlands Indies, February 1942. Headquarters moved to Brisbane, Australia in September 1942, and moved throughout the Sowthwest Pachific with the Allied advance.Worn from 25 March 1943 to the Mid 1950's

This air force lost most of its men and equipment in the defense of the Philippines after 7 December 1941. In January 1942, re-equipped, they were sent to Java to help delay Japanese advances in the Netherlands Ins. The Fifth participated in operations that stopped the Japanese drive in Papua, recovered New Guinea, neutralized islands in the Bismarck Arhipelago and the Netherlands East Indies, and liberated the Philippines. From June 1950 to July 1953, it was engaged in the Korean war. The five small stars form the Southern Cross constellation under which the unit fought in the Pacific theater. The army air force star is encompassed in the comet taken from the unit's aircraft markings. The three tails represent bombers, fighters, and troop carriers. Activated 5 February 1942 in the Dutch East Indies.


WWII (Philippine Islands; East Indies; Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; Papua, New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; China Offensive), Korean War (UN Defensive, UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counter Offensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Korean Winter, Summer-Fall 1952, Third Korean Winter, Summer-Fall 1953).


Distinguished Unit Citations (Philippine Islands, 8-22 December 1941; Philippine Islands, 7 December 1941-10 May 1942; Papua, September 1942-23 January 1943). Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (two are shown in AFR 900-902)
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