[Dixielandjazz] AGF bands

Don Kirkman donkirk at covad.net
Fri Apr 4 00:45:07 PST 2003

On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 17:50:14 +1000, Bill Haesler wrote:

>Dear US friends, who were around during WW2.
>I have had an enquiry asking which ex-Count Basie tenor sax man served in
>England, as a US band serviceman, during the 2nd World War.
>The only candidate I can come up with may be Jack Washington who was with (and I
>quote from John Chilton's 'Who's Who of Jazz') "the 211th AGF Band at Fort Sill,
>Oklahoma until demobilisation in late 1945".
>Various Google searches failed to satisfactorily tell me what AGF stands for.
>Nor could I find any history of the band(s), which seem to have been Army field
>groups located all over the USA.
>I hate mysteries!

According to http://www.armyavnmuseum.org/history/war/ww2/overview.html,
during WW II before the US Air Force became a separate service US Army
commands were divided into Army Air Forces (AAF) and Army Ground Forces

That page doesn't seem to have any information about the bands, though.
donkirk at covad.net

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