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313th Bombardment Wing

Constituted as 313th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) on 15 Apr 1944 and activated on 23 Apr. Moved to the Marianas late in 1944. Assigned to Twentieth AF. Engaged in very heavy bombardment operations from Jan to Aug 1945. Moved to the Philippine Islands and assigned to Far East Air Forces in Mar 1946. Inactivated in the Philippines on 15 Jun 1948.

Redesignated 313th Air Division. Activated on Okinawa on 1 Mar 1955. Assigned to Far East Air Forces.

Components. Groups. 5th: 1946-1948. 6th: 1944-1948. 9th: 1944-1948. 504th: 1944-1946. 505th: 1944-1946.

Wings. 18th Fighter: 1955-. 51st Fighter: 1955-.

Stations. Peterson Field, Colo, 23 Apr-5 Nov 1944; North Field, Tinian, 24 Dec 1944; Clark Field, Luzon, 15 Mar 1946-15 Jun 1948. Kadena, Okinawa, 1 Mar 1955-.

Commanders. Brig Gen John H Davies, 23 Apr 1944; Col George W Mundy, 26 Aug 1945-unkn. Maj Gen Fay R Upthegrove, 1 Mar 1955; Col Curtis D Sluman, 11 Jul 1955; Brig Gen William G Hipps, 3 Sep 1955-.

Campaigns. Air Offensive, Japan; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. Shield: Azure, a silhouetted futuramic aircraft, volant in dexter chief, Air Force blue, fimbriated argent, with vapor trail forming an acute angular pattern from the aircraft to dexter base, the trail between three stars arched in bend sinister, one to chief, two to dexter of trail, all of the third; in sinister base an eagle volant of the second, fimbriated and detailed argent, grasping with his talons two bolts of lightning of the last. (Approved 15 Jul 1957.)

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


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