Constituted as 44th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 15 Feb 1943. Activated on 1 Mar 1943. Moved to England in Jul 1943 and assigned to Eighth AF. Combat elements apparently were not assigned and wing headquarters was not fully manned prior to Nov 1943. Redesignated 99th Combat Bombardment Wing (Medium). Served in combat with Ninth AF until May 1945. Redesignated 99th Bombardment Wing (Medium) in Jun 1945. Returned to the US, Sep-Oct 1945. Inactivated on 4 Oct 1945.
Redesignated 44th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 26 Jun 1947. Redesignated 44th Air Division (Bombardment) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.
Groups. 312th: 1947-1949. 322d: 1943-1945. 344th: 1943-1945. 386th: 1944-1945. 391st: 1944-1945. 394th: 1945. 401st: 1947-1949. 447th: 1947-1949.
Stations. Salt Lake City AAB, Utah, 1 Mar 1943; Biggs Field, Tex, May-Jul 1943; Aldermaston, England, Jul 1943; Great Dunmow, England, 12 Nov 1943-Sep 1944; Beaumont, France, 25 Sep 1944; Tirlemont, Belgium, Apr 1945; Namur, Belgium, 1 Jul-Aug 1945; Camp Myles Standish, Mass, 3-4 Oct 1945. Brooks Field, Tex, 26 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949.
Commanders. Brig Gen Herbert B Thatcher, 12 Nov 1943; Col Reginald F C Vance, 7 Nov 1944; Maj Charles F Salter, 1 Jul 1945; Lt Col William W Brier, 13 Jul 1945; Brig Gen Richard C Sanders, 12 Aug-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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