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Special Army Observers Group

Major General James E Chaney, an Army Air Corps officer, arrived in the United Kingdom on 18 May 1941 and established , Headquarters, Special Observer Group (SPOBS) on the following day in London.

SPOBS role was to prepare for the possible establishment and employment of US Ground and Air Forces in the UK, but also studied the use of British lend lease supplies.

After the United States entered the war on 7 December 1941, SPOBS was succeeded by United States Army Forces in the British Isles (USAFBI), actually SPOBS under a new name.

Commanding officers
  • James Chaney

    Military | Major General | Special Army Observer, Theatre Commander
    James E Chaney was a Military Officer he served with the Army until 1917, when he was detailed to the US Air Service to act as Chief of Air Service for the American Expeditionary Force during the First World War. ...

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  • United States Army Forces in the British Isles

    United States Army Forces in the British Isles


    General James E Chaney had been posted to the UK to act as a Special Observer during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, he also oversaw preparations for the possible establishment and employment of US Ground and Air Forces in the UK in 1941. ...

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Established London 19 May 1941

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  • James Chaney

    Military | Major General | Special Army Observer, Theatre Commander
    James E Chaney was a Military Officer he served with the Army until 1917, when he was detailed to the US Air Service to act as Chief of Air Service for the American Expeditionary Force during the First World War. ...

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13 August 2019 14:13:20 Emily Created entry with type, name, nicknames, description, person associations, commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

Craven and Cate, The Army Air Forces in World War II

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Theater_of_Operations,_United_Sta...

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