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4 AIR DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 4 Bombardment Wing on 19 Oct 1940. Activated on 18 Dec 1940. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1941. Activated on 7 Jun 1942. Redesignated 4 Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 30 Aug 1943; 4th Combat Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 24 Aug 1944. Disestablished on 18 Jun 1945. Reestablished, and redesignated 4 Bombardment Wing, Light on 31 Dec 1946. Activated in the Reserve on 20 Dec 1946. Redesignated 4 Air Division, Bombardment on 16 Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 4 Air Division on 1 Feb 1951. Organized (Table of Distribution) on 10 Feb 1951. Discontinued on 16 Jun 1952. Activated (Table of Organization) on 16 Jun 1952. Redesignated 4 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 Sep 1964; 4 Strategic Missile Division on 30 Jun 1971; 4 Air Division on 1 Mar 1973. Inactivated on 23 Aug 1988.

Assignments

General Headquarters (GHQ) Air Force (apparently further assigned to Northeast Air District [later, lst Air Force] c. 16 Jan 1941), 18 Dec 1940-1 Oct 1941. Eighth Air Force, 7 Jun 1942; 3 Bombardment Division, 13 Sep 1943-18 Jun 1945. First Air Force, 20 Dec 1946-27 Jun 1949. Second Air Force, 16 Jun 1952; Fifteenth Air Force, 31 Mar 1970-23 Aug 1988.

Components

Wings. 2 Bombardment: 1 Apr 1963-1 Sep 1964. 28 Bombardment: 15 Jan 1973-1 May 1982. 44 Strategic Missile: 30 Jun 1971-1 May 1982; 23 Jan 1987-15 Jul 1988. 55 Strategic Reconnaissance: 1 Oct 1976-1 Apr 1980. 90 Strategic Missile: 30 Jun 1971-23 Aug 1988. 91 Strategic Reconnaissance (later, 91 Strategic Missile): 10 Feb-11 Sep 1951; 30 Jun 1971-30 Nov 1972. 92 Strategic Aerospace: 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971. 97 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1959-1 Jul 1963. 301 Bombardment (later, 301 Air Refueling): 10 Feb 1951-15 Apr 1958 (detached 3 Dec 1951-c. 4 Mar 1953; c. 10 Feb-c. 17 Apr 1954); 5 Jan-23 Aug 1988. 319 Bombardment: 1 Sep 1964-30 Jun 1971; 15 Jan 1973-22 Jan 1975; 1 May 1982-23 Jan 1987. 321 Strategic Missile: 1 Nov 1964-22 Jan 1975; 1 May 1982-23 Jan 1987. 340 Bombardment: 1 Sep 1963-1 Sep 1964 (detached c. 1-31 Aug 1964). 321 Strategic Missile: 1 Nov 1964-22 Jan 1975; 1 May 1982-23 Jan 1987. 341 Strategic Missile: 30 Jun 1971-15 Jan 1973; 23 Jan 1987-23 Aug 1988. 351 Strategic Missile: 30 Jun 1971-1 Jul 1973. 376 Bombardment: 1 Jun 1951-3 Dec 1957 (detached 1 Jun-10 Oct 1951). 401 Provisional Combat Wing Bombardment: 6 Jun-14 Sep 1943. 410 Bombardment: 1 Sep 1964-31 Mar 1970. 454 Bombardment: 1 Feb-1 Jul 1963. 494 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1963-1 Jul 1964. 4130 Strategic: 1 Jul-l Sep 1963. 4228 Strategic: 1 Jul 1958-1 Feb 1963. 4238 Strategic: 1 Mar 1958-1 Apr 1963.

Groups. 34 Bombardment: 18 Aug-c. 1 Oct 1941. 43 Bombardment: Aug-5 Sep 1941. 94 Bombardment: 13 Jun 1943-6 Jan 1945. 95 Bombardment: Jul-13 Sep 1943. 96 Bombardment: c. May-c. Sep 1943. 100 Bombardment: 6 Jun 1943-1 Jan 1944. 319 Bombardment: 17 Oct 1947-27 Jun 1949. 320 Bombardment: 17 Oct 1947-27 Jun 1949. 385 Bombardment: c. Jun 1943-c. Aug 1945. 388 Bombardment: c. Jul 1943-c. Aug 1945. 390 Bombardment: c. Jul-13 Sep 1943. 447 Bombardment: c. Nov 1943-c. Jun 1945. 486 Bombardment: c. Jan-c. Jun 1945. 487 Bombardment: c. Jan-c. Aug 1945.>

Squadron. 376 Air Refueling: 1 Dec 1957-15 Apr 1958.

Stations

Mitchel Field, NY, 18 Dec 1940; Westover Field, MA, 20 Mar-1 Oct 1941. Westover Field, MA, 7 Jun 1942; Bolling Field, DC, c. 28 Jul c. 28 Aug 1942; Camp Lynn, England, 12 Sep 1942; Marks Hall, England, 18 Jan 1943; Camp Blainey, England, Jun 1943; Bury St Edmunds, England, 13 Sep 1943-18 Jun 1945. Mitchel Field, NY, 20 Dec 1946- 27 Jun 1949. Barksdale AFB, LA, 10 Feb 1951 16 Jun 1952. Barksdale AFB, LA, 16 Jun 1952-1 Sep 1964; Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 Sep 1964; Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, 30 Jun 1971-23 Aug 1988.

Commanders

Brig Gen John B. Brooks, c. 18 Dec 1940; unkn, c. 1 Aug-1 Oct 1941. Brig Gen James H. Doolittle, c. Jun 1942; Col Charles T. Phillips, c. 1 Aug 1942; None (not manned) 29 Sep 1942-18 Jan 1943; Lt Col Thomas L. Dawson, C. 19 Jan 1943; Lt Col Charles C. Bye Jr., c. 27 Jan 1943; Brig Gen Frederick L. Anderson, 19 Apr 1943; Col Curtis E. LeMay, 18 Jun 1943; Brig Gen Russell A. Wilson, 14 Sep 1943; Brig Gen Frederick W. Castle, c. 6 Mar 1944; Col Charles B. Dougher, 25 Dec 1944; Col Robert W. Burns, 29 Jan 1945-unkn. None (not manned) 20 Dec 1946-5 Jan 1947; Unkn, 6 Jan 1947; Brig Gen Arthur L. McCullough, by Dec 1947-unkn. Col Thomas W. Steed, 10 Feb 1951; Brig Gen Henry K. Mooney, 22 May 1951; Brig Gen Fay R. Upthegrove, 22 Oct 1952; Maj Gen Frederick E. Glantzberg, 6 Jan 1953; Brig Gen Maurice A. Preston, 14 Jan 1954; Brig Gen Austin J. Russell, 25 May 1956; Col Robert C. Whipple, c. 1 Nov 1957; Col Julian M. Bleyer, 8 Apr 1958; Col Lewis E. Lyle, 1 Jul 1958; Brig Gen John A. Roberts, 6 Jan 1959; Col William F. Wilcox, 26 Jun 1963; Maj Gen William B. Campbell, c. 1 Sep 1964; Brig Gen William B. Martensen, 1 Jul 1965; Col Roy C. Crompton, 14 Sep 1966; Brig Gen Roger L. Hicks Jr., 12 Jul 1967, Col Gerald C. Fall Jr., 22 Feb 1969; Brig Gen Clifford W. Hargrove, 11 May 1969; Brig Gen Robert H. Gaughan, 26 Mar 1970; Brig Gen Robert R. Scott, 1 Jul 1971; Brig Gen Gerald C. Fall Jr., 8 Jun 1972; Brig Gen Melvin G. Bowling, 1 Aug 1974; Brig Gen Harold E. Gross, 8 Aug 1975; Brig Gen John R. Lasater, 23 May 1978; Col George H. Miller, 16 Jun 1979; Brig Gen David L. Patton, 16 Jul 1979; Maj Gen Ellie G. Shuler, 8 Sep 1981; Brig Gen Robert L. Kirtley, 4 Jul 1984; Brig Gen Denis L. Walsh, 13 Jun 1985; Brig Gen Arlen D. Jameson, 11 Jun 1987-23 Aug 1988.

Aircraft and Missiles

A-29, 1941; B-17, 1941; B-18, 1941; LB-30, 1941. B-17, 1943-1945. B/RB-45, 1951; RB-50, 1951; B-29, 1951-1952; KB-29, 1951-1952. B-29, 1952-1954; KB-29, 1952-1953; B-47, 1953-1958; KC-97, 1953-1958; B/E/EB-47, 1954-1957; RB-47, 1958; B-52, 1959-1988; KC-135, 1959-1988; Minuteman I, 1963-1974; Minuteman II, 1965-1988; Minuteman III, 1971-1972, 1973-1988; C-135, 1977-1980; E-4, 1977-1980; EC-135, 1977-1982; RC-135, 1977-1980; Peacekeeper, 1986-1988.

Operations

The 4th moved to England in 1943 and began bombing operations against German occupied Europe. Targets included shipyards, synthetic rubber plants, chemical plants, marshalling yards, and oil facilities. In 1944, some subordinate units attacked coastline defenses and marshalling yards in preparation for the Allied invasion of France. Some units supported ground troops during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944 January 1945) and the assault across the Rhine (March April 1945). In 1962, units controlled by the 4th Air Division supported 2d Air Force's post attack command and control system, and became responsible for the Advanced Airborne Command Post. It participated in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 and trained in electronic countermeasures and conducted combat operations in Southeast Asia in the late 1960s. In 1982 the 4th assured that assigned units were capable of conducting strategic aerospace warfare using intercontinental ballistic missiles, long-range bombardment, and air refueling resources, according to the Emergency War Order. In addition, the division assumed airborne command and control responsibilities that consisted of supporting auxiliary airborne command post aircraft.

Service Streamers. World War II Europe African Middle East Theater .

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 17 Aug 1943. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jul 1972-30 Jun 1973.

Emblem

Per pale or/and azure a base nebuly counterchanged below four mullets fesswise, two in dexter of the second, two in sinister argent, overall in pale a sword, blade to chief of the last garnished gray, all within a diminished ordure argent. (Approved 25 Jun 1974).

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 23 Aug 1988

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 23 Aug 1988







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