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III Fighter Command

Constituted as III Interceptor Command on 26 May 1941. Activated on 17 Jun [or 14 Jul?] 1941. Assigned to Third AF. Redesignated III Fighter Command in May 1942. Trained fighter organizations and personnel. Also served in the defense of the southeastern US. Inactivated on 8 Apr 1946. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.

Components. (Omitted because of large number and frequent changes.)

Stations. Drew Field, Fla, 1941; MacDill Field, Fla, c. 1 Dec 1945-8 Apr 1946.

Commanders. Maj Gen Walter H Frank, 1941; Brig Gen Clarence L Tinker, 6 Nov 1941; Col Willis H Hale, 16-30 Dec 1941; Brig Gen Ralph Royce, 28-29 Jan 1942; Brig Gen Carlyle H Wash, 2 Mar 1942; Col George P Tourtellot, 26 Jun 1942; Brig Gen Adlai H Gilkeson, 8 Oct 1942; Brig Gen Thomas W Blackburn, 14 Mar 1944-unkn.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

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


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