On April 20, 1944, the U.S. Army Air Force's (USAAF) IX Air Support Command was officially redesignated IX Tactical Air Command (TAC). The 32-page booklet "Achtung Jabos!" was produced by the USAAF in early 1945 to tell the history of the IX TAC through the end of 1944. [The word "Jabo" is derived from the German "Jäger-Bomber," or "fighter-bomber" (literally, "hunter-bomber"). Sixty years after the end of the war in Europe, German veterans still speak with awe when talking about the daily demonstrations of unchallenged Allied air power that they witnessed on the Western Front in 1944-45. Some say they still unconsciously glance up over their shoulders at the mere memory of having a Jabo descending on them, guns blazing. They still hear the warning shouts of their comrades. Achtung Jabos!]
Former members of the 225th should find this recreation of the pamphlet interesting reading, since it was at many of the forward airfields of the IX TAC that the Skylighters found themselves as the Allies advanced across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. The 225th provided thousands of homings in darkness and bad weather to IX TAC pilots, and proudly wore the 9th USAAF patch on their left shoulders for most of their time in the ETO.
The booklet was one of a series of "G.I. Stories of the Ground, Air and Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations," and was issued by the Stars and Stripes, a publication of the Information and Education Division, Special and Informational Services, ETOUSA. Major General Elmo R. ("Pete") Quesada, commanding the IX Tactical Air Command, lent his cooperation to the preparation of the pamphlet and basic material was supplied to the editors by his personnel. As Quesada says in the Introduction, "The purpose of this booklet is not only to record the history of IX TAC, but to give everyone in this organization an idea of what kind of a fighting team we are, and what an important part everyone on the team plays, even though he may not fly a Thunderbolt, a Lightning, or a Mustang. IX TAC still has a big job to do, but I am confident that every man will give more than that extra '10 per cent' of his energies which puts more planes in the air, and will, in the final anaylsis, hasten the day when the German doughboy will cry 'Achtung, Jabos' for the last time."
To begin browsing the pamphlet, simply click "next page" below. Clicking on the P-47 icon (we chose a Thunderbolt since it was the most feared of the American Jabos) will return you to the main History page, from which you can access the main site navigation. Each page features a scanned image from the original 1944 pamphlet. If you have difficulty reading a page, click on the "enlarge photo" link below each scanned image to view an enlargement; when done viewing the enlargement, click your browser's back button to continue browsing.