||World War II Armed Forces — Orders of Battle and Organizations
||Last Updated 01.01.2012
US Military Aviation Organization Symbols
The designation "Detachment" is not an indication of size, and can encompass a unit with any number of men.
For example, a Chemical Detachment (Service) of the Station Complement could have as few as two (2) men,
whereas the Medical Detachment (Station Hospital) could have as many as 100 men.
Initially, the reorganization, expansion, as well as the low state of mobilization usually meant that many officers commanding were one or two ranks
under the authorized ones, so that, for example, on 7 December 1941 not one USAAF Air Group was commanded by a full colonel. Instead,
group commanders were majors or lieutenant colonels.