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  Second Air Force "Superbombers" (1942)

Somewhere in that pile, Spadaccini scores Bombers' touchdown from 1 yard out (2nd Air Force in white helmets with stripes).

Years of Operation: 1942


Overall Record:  11-0-1


First Game: Sep 21, 1942 @ St. Martin's


First Win: Sep 21, 1942 @ St. Martin's


Final Game: Jan 1, 1943 vs Hardin-Simmons


League Affiliation:  

Pacific Coast Service Football League (1942)


Team Headquarters: 

McChord Air Force Base/Fort George Wright

Puyallup, Washington/Spokane, Washington

Owner: United States Army Air Corps


General Manager:


Coaches: Capt. William "Red" Reese



Home Field(s):

Titles Won


1942 Pacific Coast Service Champions

1943 Sun Bowl Champions (link)







Key Players:

Hal Van Every (Minnesota/Green Bay)

"Billy the Kid" Sewell (Washington State)

Vic Spadaccini (Minnesota/Cleveland Rams)

Tony Calvelli (Stanford/Detroit Lions)

Al Bodney (Tulane)

Don Williams (Texas)

Johnny Holmes (Washington State)

Joe Wilson (Eastern Washington)

Conrow Barham (Southwestern College)

Bruce Jaton (Gonzaga)


Hal Van Every and Vic Spadaccini played with the Army All-Stars against the Champion Chicago Bears in Sept. 1942 losing 14-7 after beating the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants in a 5-day span.


The Second Air Force was originally established as Northwest Air District on October 19, 1940 and activated on December 18, 1940 at McChord Field, Washington where it initially was assigned to Central Defense Command, U.S. Army, and later to Western Defense Command, U.S. Army. It was redesignated as 2d Air Force on April 9, 1941, and as Second Air Force on 18 September 1942. It moved to Peterson Army Air Base at Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 13, 1943.


The Second Air Force was home to many former collegiate and professional football players who were serving their World War II tour of duty. They fielded a football team during the war years and competed for West Coast supremacy with March Field of Riverside, CA and nationally with Randolph Field, Texas. In 1942, the Superbombers were a formidable force in college football. They marched to an undefeated season with only a tie against Washington State separating them from perfection. The won the Pacific Army title with a win over March Field. They were regarded as the third most powerful service team in the nation. The were invited to play in the 8th annual Sun Bowl, the only service team to appear in a bowl that season.


In Sept of 1943 the 2nd Air Force was reassigned to Colorado Springs, CO.


1942 Schedule/Results (11-0-1):

Sep 21 @ St Martin's 21-0
Sep 26 - Eastern Washington College 19-7
Oct 3 - University of Idaho 14-0
Oct 10 @ Fort Douglas 37-0
Oct 17 @ Portland University (Utah) 20-13
Oct 24 @ Idaho College 75-0
Nov 7 - 42-0
Nov 14  @ Fort Riley 54-6
Nov 21 @ Washington State 6-6
Dec 5 @ Arizona University 27-13
Dec 20 - March Field Flyers (CA) 26-13
Jan 1, 1943 - Hardin-Simmons Cowboys* 13-7






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