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'''Technical Air Intelligence Units''' (TAIU) were joint Allied military intelligence units formed during World War II to recover Japanese aircraft to obtain data regarding their technical and tactical capabilities.
 
'''Technical Air Intelligence Units''' (TAIU) were joint Allied military intelligence units formed during World War II to recover Japanese aircraft to obtain data regarding their technical and tactical capabilities.
The first such unit, known later as Technical Air Intelligence Unit–South West Pacific ([[:Category:TAIU-SWPA|TAIU-SWPA]]), was formed in November 1942 by the United States Navy (USN), United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Royal Navy at Eagle Farm Airbase, Brisbane, Australia, in November 1942.<ref name="Trojan">http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/David_Trojan/Technical%20Air%20Intelligence%20Wreck%20chasing%20in%20the%20Pacific%20during%20the%20war.pdf</ref>
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The first such unit, known later as Technical Air Intelligence Unit–South West Pacific ([[TAIU-SWPA]]), was formed in November 1942 by the United States Navy (USN), United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Royal Navy at Eagle Farm Airbase, Brisbane, Australia, in November 1942.<ref name="Trojan">http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/David_Trojan/Technical%20Air%20Intelligence%20Wreck%20chasing%20in%20the%20Pacific%20during%20the%20war.pdf</ref>
 
During 1943–44, three other TAIUs were formed in the other Allied theatres of the Pacific War.<ref name="j-aircraft">Starkings, Peter. The End of the JAAF and JNAF [http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/jas_jottings/end_of_the_jaaf_and_jnaf.htm Japanese WW2 Aircraft Website]</ref><ref name="Skaarup">Harold Skaarup, 2006, ''RCAF War Prize Flights, German and Japanese Warbird Survivors'', Bloomington Indiana, iUniverse, pp33&ndash;4.</ref>
 
During 1943–44, three other TAIUs were formed in the other Allied theatres of the Pacific War.<ref name="j-aircraft">Starkings, Peter. The End of the JAAF and JNAF [http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/jas_jottings/end_of_the_jaaf_and_jnaf.htm Japanese WW2 Aircraft Website]</ref><ref name="Skaarup">Harold Skaarup, 2006, ''RCAF War Prize Flights, German and Japanese Warbird Survivors'', Bloomington Indiana, iUniverse, pp33&ndash;4.</ref>
   
South East Asia: [[:Category:ATAIU-SEA|ATAIU-SEA]]; British Royal Air Force (RAF)/USAAF<br>Pacific Ocean Areas: [[:Category:TAIU–POA|TAIU–POA]]; US Navy<br>China: [[:Category:TAIU-CHINA|TAIU-CHINA]]; Republic of China Air Force
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South East Asia: [[ATAIU-SEA]]; British Royal Air Force (RAF)/USAAF<br>Pacific Ocean Areas: [[TAIU–POA]]; US Navy<br>China: [[TAIU-CHINA]]; Republic of China Air Force
   
 
A proposed joint US Army-US Navy research unit ([[:Category:Technical Air Intelligence Center|TAIC]]) in the continental United States was never truly established, as in the end neither service was prepared to work with the other.<ref name="Trojan" /> Some Japanese aircraft were tested in the US, at various bases, by pilots from the Naval Air Test Center, the USAAF Test Training Unit (which was established with the assistance of RAF technical intelligence units in Europe) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
 
A proposed joint US Army-US Navy research unit ([[:Category:Technical Air Intelligence Center|TAIC]]) in the continental United States was never truly established, as in the end neither service was prepared to work with the other.<ref name="Trojan" /> Some Japanese aircraft were tested in the US, at various bases, by pilots from the Naval Air Test Center, the USAAF Test Training Unit (which was established with the assistance of RAF technical intelligence units in Europe) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

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