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47 AIR DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 7 Pursuit Wing on 19 Oct 1940. Activated on 18 Dec 1940. Inactivated on 31 Aug 1941. Redesignated 7 Fighter Wing on 30 May 1942. Activated on 7 Jun 1942. Redesignated: 47 Bombardment Wing (Medium) on 23 Feb 1943; 47 Bombardment Wing, Medium on 20 Aug 1943; 47 Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 9 Apr 1945; 47 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 23 May 1945. Inactivated on 15 Oct 1945. Redesignated 47 Air Division on 1 Feb 1951. Organized on 10 Feb 1951. Discontinued on 16 Jun 1952. Activated on 16 Jun 1952. Redesignated: 47 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 May 1962; 47 Air Division on 1 Jul 1963. Inactivated on 27 Feb 1987..

Assignments

GHQ Air Force (apparently further assigned to Northeast Air District [later, 1st Air Force], 16 Jan 1941; 1st Interceptor Command, 5 Jun-31 Aug 1941), 18 Dec 1940-31 Aug 1941. Eighth Air Force, 7 Jun 1942 (attached to First Air Force, 7 Jun 1942 ); XII Ground Air (later, XII Air) Support Command, 27 Sep 1942 (remained attached to First Air Force to c. 17 Oct 1942; attached to Task Force A, c. 17 Oct-c. 8 Nov 1942; attached to Moroccan Composite Wing [Provisional], 31 Dec 1942-6 Jan 1943); XII Bomber Command, 7 Jan 1943; Northwest African Strategic Air Force, 18 Feb 1943; XII Bomber Command, 1 Sep 1943; Fifteenth Air Force, 1 Nov 1943-15 May 1945; Army Service Forces, 16-25 May 1945; Second Air Force, 26 May-15 Oct 1945. Eighth Air Force, 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952. Eighth Air Force, 16 Jun 1952; Fifteenth Air Force, 1 Apr 1955; Second Air Force, 31 Mar 1970; Fifteenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1971-27 Feb 1987.

Components

Wings. 5 Bombardment: 30 Jun 1971-30 Nov 1972; 15 Jan 1973-22 Jan 1975. 6 Bombardment (later, 6 Strategic Aerospace; 6 Strategic): 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952. 16 Jun 1952-1 Jul 1963 (detached 31 Oct 1955-26 Jan 1956); 1 Oct 1976-1 Oct 1985. 22 Bombardment: 1 Jan 1962-31 Mar 1970; 30 Jun 1971-1 Aug 1972; 1 Oct 1985-23 Jan 1987. 28 Bombardment: 30 Jun 1971-15 Jan 1973. 91 Strategic Missile: 15 Jan 1973-22 Jan 1975. 92 Strategic Aerospace (later, 92 Bombardment): 30 Jun 1971-23 Jan 1987. 93 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1959-30 Jun 1971. 319 Bombardment: 30 Jun 1971-15 Jan 1973. 320 Bombardment: 2 Jul 1966-31 Mar 1970; 30 Jun 1971-1 Oct 1972; 1 Oct 1982-23 Jan 1987. 341 Strategic Missile: 15 Jan 1973-23 Jan 1987. 456 Strategic Aerospace (later, 456 Bombardment): 30 Jun 1971-1 Oct 1972. 509 Bombardment: 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952 (detached 1 Mar-c. 6 May 1951, 4-16 Jun 1952); 16 Jun 1952-1 Jul 1958 (detached 16 Jun-2 Sep 1952, 10 Jul-9 Oct 1954, and 26 Jan-30 Apr 1956). 4128 Strategic: 5 Jan-1 Jul 1959.

Groups. 1 Fighter: 18 Feb-c. May 1943 (detached entire period). 8 Pursuit: 16 Jan-31 Aug 1941. 14 Fighter: 18 Feb-14 Mar 1943. 17 Bombardment: attached C. 31 Dec 1942-17 Feb 1943, assigned 18 Feb-7 Jun 1943. 33 Pursuit (later, 33 Fighter): 16 Jan-31 Aug 1941; 27 Sep-6 Dec 1942; 3-14 Mar 1943. 57 Pursuit: 16 Jan-31 Aug 1941. 68 Tactical Reconnaissance: attached 4-31 Dec 1943, assigned 1 Jan-c. Jun 1944 (not operational, 27 May-Jun 1944). 81 Fighter: 27 Sep 1942-5 Jan 1943 (detached c. Nov 1942-5 Jan 1943). 82 Fighter: c. Nov-c. 31 Dec 1942; attached 1-17 Feb 1943, assigned 18 Feb 1943-13 Jan 1944. 98 Bombardment: 24 Sep-1 Nov 1943; 17 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1945. 310 Bombardment: 18 Feb-3 Nov 1943. 319 Bombardment: attached c. Feb 1943-unkn, assigned c. 1-7 Jun 1943. 320 Bombardment: 18 Feb-7 Jun 1943. 321 Bombardment: 27 Mar-3 Nov 1943. 325 Fighter: 27 Mar-7 Jun 1943. 350 Fighter: 31 Dec 1942-5 Jan 1943. 376 Bombardment: 24 Sep-1 Nov 1943; 17 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1945. 449 Bombardment: 11 Dec 1943-15 May 1945. 450 Bombardment: 11 Dec 1943-15 May 1945. 451 Bombardment: 11 Dec 1943-7 Apr 1944.

Squadrons. 11 Air Refueling: 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971. 15 Bombardment: attached c. Jan-10 Feb 1943. 81 Bombardment: attached 2 Feb-25 Mar 1943. 82 Bombardment: attached 2 Feb-25 Mar 1943. 91 Air Refueling: 1 Jul 1971-1 Apr 1972. 95 Fighter: attached 31 Dec 1942-5 Jan 1943. 307 Air Refueling: attached 1 Aug 1951-2 Feb 1953 (further attached to 6 Bombardment Wing, 1 Aug 1951-15 Jun 1952). 916 Air Refueling: 31 Mar 1970-1 Apr 1972.

Stations

Mitchel Field, NY, 18 Dec 1940-31 Aug 1941. Harrisburg Municipal Airport, PA, 7 Jun 1942; Langley Field, VA, 17-24 Oct 1942; Casablanca, French Morocco, 11 Nov 1942; Chateaudun, Algeria, 11 Jan 1943; El Guerrah, Algeria, 1 Mar 1943; Souk el Arba, Tunisia, 8 Jun 1943; Hammamet, Tunisia, 7 Aug 1943; Manduria, Italy, 1 Oct 1943 (advance echelon) and 11 Nov 1943-15 May 1945 (main body); Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 29 May 1945; Sioux City AAB, IA, 10 Jul-15 Oct 1945. Walker AFB, NM, 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952. Walker AFB, NM, 16 Jun 1952; Castle AFB, CA, 11 Jul 1959; Fairchild AFB, WA, 30 Jun 1971-27 Feb 1987.

Commanders

None (not manned), 18 Dec 1940-15 Jan 1941; Brig Gen John C. McDonnell, 16 Jan-9 Apr 1941; unkn, 10 Apr-May 1941; Maj Frederic H. Smith Jr., c. May 1941; Lt Col Edward M. Morris, unkn-1941. Maj Eugene M. Berglund, 7 Jun 1942; Col John C. Crosthwaite, 14 Sep 1942; Brig Gen Carlyle H. Ridenour, 14 Jan 1943; Brig Gen Joseph H. Atkinson, 25 Feb 1944; Brig Gen Hugo P. Rush, 5 Mar 1944; Col George H. Blase, 1 May 1945; Lt Col Robert V. Brown, 26 May 1945; Brig Gen Hugo P. Rush, 4 Jun-6 Sep 1945; none (not manned), 7 Sep-15 Oct 1945. Brig Gen Hunter Harris Jr., 10 Feb 1951; Col William H. Blanchard, 15 Jan 1952; Brig Gen Thomas C. Musgrave Jr., 7 Apr-16 Jun 1952. Brig Gen Thomas C. Musgrave Jr., 16 Jun 1952; Brig Gen William H. Blanchard, 12 Feb 1953; Brig Gen Thomas C. Musgrave Jr., 29 May 1953; Col William K. Martin, by 31 May 1954; Brig Gen Charles W. Schott, 7 Jun 1954; Brig Gen Glenn W. Martin, 21 Sep 1956; Col James V. Reardon, 15 Jul 1957; Col Clifford F. Macomber, 17 Jul 1957; Brig Gen William C. Kingsbury, 1 Aug 1957; Col Clifford F. Macomber, 17 Oct 1957; Brig Gen William C. Kingsbury, 26 Nov 1957; Col Everett W. Best, 8 Aug 1958; Maj Gen William C. Kingsbury, 19 Sep 1958; Brig Gen William R. Yancey, 3 Jul 1961-2 Feb 1965; unkn, 3-7 Feb 1965; Brig Gen William B. Kyes, 8 Feb 1965; Brig Gen James F. Kirkendall, 1 Jul 1966; Col Charles Abbuhl Jr., 2 Dec 1966; Brig Gen John A. DesPortes, 12 Dec 1966; Brig Gen Alex W. Talmant, 1 Aug 1968; Col Colin C. Hamilton Jr., 1 Dec 1970; Brig Gen Charles I. Bennett Jr., 24 Feb 1971; Brig Gen Alan C. Edmunds, 30 Jun 1971; Brig Gen Donald E. Stout, 1 Sep 1972; Brig Gen Thomas M. Ryan Jr., 28 Jun 1973; Col Raymond J. Bryan, 17 Jan 1971; Brig Gen Martin C. Fulcher, 1 Feb 1974; Col Rex L. Poutre, 10 Feb 1975; Brig Gen Eugene D. Scott, 16 Feb 1975; Col Philip A. Brennan, 16 Jul 1976; Maj Gen David L. Gray, 28 Jul 1976; Brig Gen Irving B. Reed, 14 Nov 1977; Brig Gen John A. Shaud, 16 Jun 1980; Brig Gen Regis F. A. Urschler, 10 Aug 1980; Brig Gen Robert L. Kirtley, 7 May 1982; Brig Gen W. John Soper, 20 Jul 1984; Col Kenneth A. Anderson, c. Sep 1986-unk.

Aircraft and Missiles

P-39, 1941; P-40, 1941. B-26, 1942-1943; P-38, 1942-1944; P-40, 1942-1944; A-20, 1943-1944; A-36, 1943-1944; B-17, 1943-1944; B-24, 1943-1945; B-25, 1943; P-39, 1943-1944; P-51, 1943-1944. B-29, 1951-1952; B-50, 1951-1952; KB-29, 1951-1952. B-29, 1952; B-36, 1952-1957; B-50, 1952-1955; KB-29, 1952-1954; KC-97, 1954-1958, 1962; B-47, 1955-1958, 1962-1963; B-52, 1957-1987. KC-135, 1958-1987. Atlas, 1962-1963; EC-135, 1963-1973; Minuteman II, 1973-1987. Minuteman III, 1973-1987. RC-135, 1976-1987. KC-10, 1985-1987.

Operations

After activation, the 7th Pursuit Wing concentrated on training three pursuit groups and in participating in field maneuvers. It completed training in the United States as a fighter wing and moved to North Africa in Nov 1942. Although earmarked for Eighth Air Force, it served instead with the Twelfth, and later, Fifteenth Air Forces, first as a fighter wing, then as a medium bomb wing, and finally as a heavy bomb wing. In the 1942 early 1943 period many of its assigned components did not actually operate under wing control, while other components were temporarily attached. Its components supported the bombing of Pantelleria Island and the invasions of Sicily, Italy, and southern France in 1943-1944. Wing aircraft also flew missions to the Balkans, Austria, France, and Germany, with the Rumanian oil fields as primary targets from Apr-Aug 1944. The final mission on 25 Apr 1945 struck marshalling yards at Linz, Austria. It returned to the United States in May 1945 to prepare for bombardment operations in the Pacific as a very heavy bombardment wing. On 7 Sep 1945, the wing became a paper unit and in mid Oct inactivated at Sioux City, Iowa. Redesignated as an Air Division, the 47th served as an intermediate echelon between Strategic Air Command's Eighth Air Force and operational units in the field. From Apr 1955 to Mar 1970, it filled the same role for the Fifteenth Air Force and from Mar 1970 to Jul 1971, for the Second Air Force. In Jul 1971 the 47th returned to Fifteenth Air Force control where it continued to supervise subordinate unit training and other activities. The eruption of Mount St Helens in the state of Washington in May 1980 seriously affected division operations. Aircraft were dispersed to various bases while around the clock shifts removed the volcanic ash.

Service Streamers. World War II European African Middle Eastern Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.

Emblem

On a shield sable, an atomic cloud proper (shades of red, orange and yellow) rising from base to chief, surmounted by a bend argent charged with a sword proper (blade silver, hilt and pommel gold), the blade entwined with a branch of olive vert. (Approved 6 Sep 1956.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 27 Feb 1987.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 27 Feb 1987.







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