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32nd Fighter Group

Constituted as 32nd Pursuit Group on 22 Nov 1940. Activated in Panama on 1 Jan 1941. Redesignated 32nd Fighter Group in May 1942. Trained and served as part of the defense force for the Panama Canal, using P-26, P-36, P-38, P-39, and P-40 aircraft. Disbanded in the Canal Zone on 1 Nov 1943.

Reconstituted and redesignated 32nd Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956. Activated in the US on 8 Feb 1957. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

Squadrons. 51st: 1941-1943. 52d: 1941-1943. 53d: 1941-1943.

Stations. Rio Hato, Panama, 1 Jan 1941; France Field, CZ, 9 Dec 1941-1 Nov 1943. Minot AFB, ND, 8 Feb 1957-.

Commanders. Capt Roger Browne, 1 Jan 1941; Capt James B Buck, 16 Apr 1941; Lt Col Roger J Browne, 4 Aug 1941; Lt Col William R Robertson Jr, 23 Aug 1943-unkn. Maj Joe E Roberts, 1957-.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

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


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