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IX Fighter Command

Constituted as IX Interceptor Command on 19 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Feb 1942. Redesignated IX Fighter Command in May 1942. Moved to Egypt, Nov 1942-Jan 1943. Assigned to Ninth AF. Operated in the Mediterranean area until Sep 1943. Moved to England, Oct-Nov 1943, for operations in the European theater. Inactivated in Europe on 16 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.

Wings. 8th: 1942-1943. 9th: 1942-1943. 70th: 1943-1944. 71st: 1943-1944. 84th: 1944, 1944-1945. 100th: 1943-1944. 303d: 1944, 1944-1945.

Stations. New Orleans AAB, La, 1 Feb 1942; Drew Field, Fla, Jul-Oct 1942; El Kabrit, Egypt, 31 Jan 1943; Tripoli, Libya, 10 Apr-22 Sep 1943; Middle Wallop, England, 30 Nov 1943-Jul 1944; Les Obeaux, France, Jul 1944; Canisy, France, Aug 1944; Charleroi, Belgium, Sep 1944; Verviers, Belgium, Oct 1944; Bruhl, Germany, Mar 1945; Welmar, Germany, Apr 1945; Fritzlar, Germany, Jul 1945; Erlangen, Germany, Sep-Nov 1945.

Commanders. Capt Phillip R Pattison, 1 Feb 1942; Col Thomas W Blackburn, 16 Feb 1942; Maj Phillip R Pattison, Jul 1942; Lt Col W C Warren, 6 Aug 1942; Maj Joseph A Kelly, 10 Aug 1942; Maj Arch G Campbell Jr, 15 Aug 1942; Maj Hugh E McConville, Aug 1942; Col John C Kilborn, Sep 1942; Brig Gen Auby C Strickland, Jan 1943; Col Charles D McAllister, 3 Jun 1943; Col Frederick M Byerly, 13 Sep 1943; Lt Col Ray J Stecker, 4 Oct 1943; Maj Gen Elwood R Quesada, 18 Oct 1943; Brig Gcn Ralph F Stearley, 21 Apr 1945-unkn.

Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Egypt-Libya; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Decorations. Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army: 6 Jun-30 Sep 1944.

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


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