25th Antisubmarine Wing

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25th Antisubmarine Wing
Active 1942-1943
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force[1]
Role Anti-Submarine Warfare
Engagements American Theater of World War II

The 25th Antisubmarine Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command, based in New York City, New York. It was the principal United States Army Air Forces Unit conducting anti-submarine warfare off the Atlantic Coast of the United States and Canada until it was disbanded on 15 October 1943.[2]

In 1985 the wing was reconstituted and redesignated the 525th Combat Crew Training Group, but has never been active with that designation.

History[edit]

The 25th Antisubmarine Wing was activated in November 1942 to combat German U-Boats in the coastal waters of the United States. The wing's tactical area of responsibility ranged from Labrador south along the Atlantic Coast to the Georgia/Florida border and seaward to approximately 100 miles from coastline.[2] The wing was disbanded in 15 October 1943 when irs mission was transferred to United States Navy. Most of the wing's components were transferred to Second Air Force where many of them became cadres for newly forming bombardment groups.

In 1985 the wing was reconstituted as the 525th Combat Crew Training Group,[3] but has never been active since then.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as 25th Antisubmarine Wing on 17 November 1942
Activated on 20 November 1942
Disbanded on 15 October 1943
Reconstituted on 31 July 1985 and redesignated 525th Combat Crew Training Group (not active)[3]

Assignments[edit]

Squadrons[edit]

  • 1st Antisubmarine Squadron: 30 December 1942 - 21 June 1943 (attached to 1st Antisubmarine Group (Provisional), 15 January 1943; 2037th Antisubmarine Wing (Provisional), 1 March 1943 - 21 June 1943)
Langley Field, Viginia. (operated from RAF St Eval), moved to St Eval 13 January 1943[4]
  • 2d Antisubmarine Squadron: 14 December 1942 - 21 June 1943 (attached to VIII Bomber Command, 2 January 1943; 1st Antisubmarine Group (Provisional), 15 January 1943; 2037th Antisubmarine Wing (Provisional), 1 March 1943 - 21 June 1943)
Langley Field, Virginia, RAF St Eval after 2 January 1943[5]
Dover Army Air Field, Delaware, Fort Dix Army Air Field, New Jersey after 28 February 1943, March Field, California after 22 September 1943[6]
Mitchel Field, New York[7]
Westover Field, Massachusetts, Gander Lake, Newfoundland after ca. 12 April 1943[8]
Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida[9]
Fort Dix Army Air Field, New Jersey[10]
Langley Field, Virginia, Blythe Army Air Field after 24 September 1943[11]
Grenier Field, New Hampshire[12]
Otis Field, Massachusetts (operated from Langley Field, Virginia 19 July 1943 - 10 August 1943)[13]
Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida (operated from Langley Field, Virginia - 3 July 1943, Drew Field, Florida - July 1943, Batista Field, Cuba - ca. 1 October 1943)[14]
Charleston Army Air Base, South Carolina, Hammer Field, California after 22 September 1943[15]
Langley Field, Virginia[16]
Langley Field, Virginia, Gander Lake, Newfoundland after 19 March 1943[17]
Cherry Point MCAS, North Carolina, Bluethenthal Field, North Carolina after 9 April 1943[18]

Stations[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The wing has only been active as part of the United States Army Air Forces
  2. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. 
  3. ^ a b Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 648q, 31 July 1985, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Organizations
  4. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 3. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  5. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 10
  6. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 768
  7. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 15-16
  8. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 37-38
  9. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 781-782
  10. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 773-774
  11. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 785
  12. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 786-787
  13. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 75
  14. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 82-83
  15. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 768-769
  16. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 30
  17. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 101
  18. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 114-115

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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