astrophotographer wrote:That is not my argument. My argument continues to be there was a state of transition before the officers were referring to themselves as being in the USAF. Otherwise, all the documents would have been signed by them as being USAF and not "air corps".
Not true at all. I've repeatedly pointed out to you on this thread that the 'Air Corps' was established by act of congress (the 'Air Corps act of 1926'
) and as such it could only be disestablished by act of congress and was therefore simply transferred to the newly formed USAF on Sept. 26, 1947 by transfer order 1 because SECDEF Forrestal's transfer orders were not 'acts of congress' and he as SECDEF had no authority to disestablish the 'Air Corps' but did have the authority to transfer the 'Air Corps' to the USAF.
My point that I believe you are ignoring is that the 'Air Corps' was itself an organ of the USAF after Sept. 26, 1947.
Simply referring to themselves as 'Air Corps' after that date is not evidence
that these personnel did not know or were confused about being in the new USAF as transfer order 1 specifically stated that the 'Air Corps' was transferred to the USAF.
Let me repeat by quoting again what I've already quoted in this thread (pp3.)... Note references to the 'Air Corps' in particular that I will highlight below from my post Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:06 am.
Planning and Organizing the Postwar Air Force, 1943-1947 pp.207-208
In 1947 the first major orders transferred personnel and some primary functions from the Army to the Air Force. The first transfer order was signed by Forestall on September 26, 1947. It stipulated that functions of the Secretary of the Army and Department of the Army, which were assigned to or under the control of the Commanding General, AAF, would be transferred to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Department of the Air Force. Also, most units under AAF control were transferred to the United States Air Force.* The initial order stated that the functions of the Commanding General, General Headquarters Air Force (Air Force Combat Command); of the Chief of Air Corps; and the Commanding General, AAF, were transferred to the Chief of Staff, USAF.
All officers commissioned in the Army Air Corps and officers holding commissions in the Air Corps Reserve were transferred to the Department of the Air Force. All warrant officers and enlisted men under the Commanding General, AAF (with some few exceptions) were transferred to the Department of the Air Force. Officer and enlisted members of the Women's Army Corps, on duty with the AAF, would remain assigned with the Army until enactment of legislation establishing procedures for the appointment and enlistment of women in the United States Air Force. In addition, the property, records, installations, agencies, activities, projects, and civilian personnel under the jurisdiction, control, or command of the Commanding General, AAF, would be continued under the jurisdiction, control, or command of the Chief of Staff, USAF.
As far as I'm concerned your argument that "all the documents would have been signed by them as being USAF and not "air corps"
is false and that after Sept. 26, 1947 'Air Corps' is literally a reference to the USAF as the 'Air Corps' was transferred to the USAF on that date by SECDEF Forestall.
astrophotographer wrote: I believe AD pointed out that the Army had in its possession it's own aircraft for some time and took an accord to resolve what aircraft belonged to the USAF and the army.
The Army never stopped using it's own Aircraft but these were never referred to as 'Army Air Force' after the Sept. 26, 1947 transfer of powers to the USAF.