Constituted as 51st Transport Wing on 30 May 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Redesignated 51st Troop Carrier Wing in Jul 1942. Arrived in England in Sep 1942 and trained for the invasion of North Africa. Operated with Twelfth AF in North Africa and the Mediterranean area from Nov 1942 to May 1945. Moved to Germany in Sep 1945. Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe. Inactivated in Germany on 5 Jan 1948.
Groups. 60th: 1942-1945, 1946-1947. 61st: 1942, 1946-1947. 62d: 1942-1945. 64th: 1942-1945. 313th: 1946-1947. 314th: 1945-1946. 441st: 1945-1946. 442d: 1945-1946. 516th: 1945-1946.
Stations. Pope Field, NC, 1 Jun-19 Jul 1942; Greenham Common, England, Sep-Nov 1942; Algiers, Algeria, 23 Nov 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 28 Mar 1943; Mascara, Algeria, 13 May 1943; Goubrine, Tunisia, 24 Jun 1943; Gela, Sicily, 29 Aug 1943; Catania, Sicily, 29 Sep 1943; Lido di Roma, Italy, 29 Jun 1944; Siena, Italy, 8 Jan 1945; Wiesbaden, Germany, Sep 1945-5 Jan 1948.
Commanders. Col Russell L Maughan, 1 Jun 1942; Col Paul L Williams, 20 Oct 1942; Col Ralph B Bagby, 22 Jan 1943; Col Ray A Dunn, c. 22 Feb 1943; Col Samuel Davis, 26 Mar 1943; Brig Gen Ray A Dunn, 22 May 1943; Brig Gen George H Beverley, 28 Sep 1943; Brig Gen Timothy Manning, 20 Mar 1944; Lt Col Paul A Jones, 3 Jun-Aug 1945; Brig Gen Lucas V Beau, c. Sep 1945; Brig Gen James F Powell, 13 Aug 1947-5 Jan 1948.
Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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