Constituted as 2d Air Defense Wing on 12 Dec 1942 and activated the same day. Moved to North Africa in Jan 1943. Redesignated 63d Fighter Wing in Jul 1943. Operated with Twelfth AF until Nov 1944 when the wing moved to the European theater and lost its combat elements. Returned to the US in Dec 1945. Inactivated on 11 Dec 1945.
Allotted to ANG (Tex) on 24 May 1946. Extended federal recognition on 23 May 1948. Ordered into active service on 10 Oct 1950. Inactivated on 11 Oct 1950.
Groups. 52d: 1943-1944. 350th: 1943-1944.
Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 12 Dec 1942-13 Jan 1943; Oran, Algeria, 27 Jan 1943; Maison Blanche, Algeria, c. May 1943; Rerhaia, Algeria, 8 Aug 1943; Bastia, Corsica, c. Oct 1943; San Pietro, Italy, c. 15 Oct 1944; Vittel, France, 22 Nov 1944; Heidelberg, Germany, c. 7 Apr 1945; Schwabisch-Hall, Germany, 14 Jun 1945; Darmstadt, Germany, 17 Jul 1945-unkn; Camp Kilmer, NJ, Dec-11 Dec 1945.
Commanders. Brig Gen Davis D Graves, Dec 1942; Brig Gen Laurence C Craigle, 8 Mar 1944; Col Richard A Ames, 7 Oct 1944-unkn.
Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Southern France.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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