Constituted as 5th Air Defense Wing on 25 Mar 1943 and activated on 27 Mar. Moved to England, May-Jun 1943, and assigned to Eighth AF. Redesignated 66th Fighter Wing in Jul 1943. Participated in combat in the European theater from Nov 1943 to late in Apr 1945. Inactivated in England on 21 Nov 1945.
Allotted to ANG (Ill) on 24 May 1946. Extended federal recognition on 26 Nov 1946. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1950.
Groups. 4th: 1945. 55th: 1943-1945. 56th: 1945. 78th: 1943-1945. 339th: 1944-1945. 353d: 1943-1945. 357th: 1944-1945. 358th: 1943-1944. 359th: 1943. 361st: 1943-1944, 1945. 479th: 1945.
Stations. Norfolk Mun Aprt, Va, 27 Mar-c. 11 May 1943; Duxford, England, c. 3 Jun 1943; Sawston, England, 20 Aug 1943; Troston, England, c. 25 Oct-21 Nov 1945.
Commanders. Brig Gen Murray C Woodbury, 1 Apr 1943; Col Glenn E Duncan, 9 Sep-c. 8 Oct 1945.
Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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