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2d Air Division

Constituted as 2d Bombardment Division on 30 Aug 1943. Activated in England on 13 Sep 1943. Assigned to Eighth AF. Redesignated 2d Air Division in Dec 1944. Served in combat in the European theater from Sep 1943 until Apr 1945 Moved to the US in Jun 1945. Disbanded on 28 Aug 1945.

Organized in Germany on 1 Jun 1949. Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe as a fighter-bomber organization. Discontinued in Germany on 7 May 1951.

Activated in Germany on 20 Apr 1953. Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe. Was inadequately manned and had no combat components assigned. Transferred, without personnel and equipment, to Saudi Arabia in Mar 1954. Manned in the spring of 1954, but had no combat components assigned. Supervised USAF facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Wings. 2d Bombardment: 1943-1945. 14th Bombardment: 1943-1945. 20th Bombardment: 1943-1945. 36th Fighter: 1949-1951. 65th Fighter: 1944-1945. 86th Fighter: 1949-1951. 93d Bombardment: 1943-1944. 96th Bombardment: 1944-1945.

Stations. Horsham St Faith, England, 13 Sep 1943; Ketteringham Hall, England, c. 10 Dec 1943-c. 22 Jun 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 3 Jul-28 Aug 1945. Wiesbaden, Germany, 1 Jun 1949; Landsberg, Germany, 10 Jun 1949-7 May 1951. Ramstein, Germany, 20 Apr 1953-1 Mar 1954; Dhafiran, Saudi Arabia, 1 Mar 1954-.

Commanders. Brig Gen James P Hodges, 13 Sep 1943; Brig Gen Edward J Timberlake Jr, 16 Sep 1943; Maj Gen James P Hodges, 4 Oct 1943; Maj Gen William E Kepner, 1 Aug 1944; Brig Gen Walter R Peck, 10 May 1945; Col Harry McGee, c. 1 Jun 1945-unkn. Brig Gen Thomas C Darcy, 1 Jun 1949-May 1951. Brig Gen Orrin L Grover, 1 Mar 1954; Col George W Humbrecht, 13 Apr 1955; Brig Gen George F Schlatter, 27 Jun 1955-.

Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure (dark blue) double bordered or and of the first (light blue) a stylized wing of the second, charged with two Doric columns, architrave and base all outlined of the first. (Approved 14 Oct 1954.)

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986


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