310th Air Division

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310th Air Division
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Active 1944–1946; 1947-1949
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Command of tactical forces
Part of Continental Air Command
Engagements South West Pacific Theater of World War II
Decorations Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

The 310th Air Division (310th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Continental Air Command, assigned to Twelfth Air Force at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It was inactivated on 27 June 1949.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, the 310 Bombardment Wing, Medium was a command echelon of Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific theater, controlling numerous fighter and bomber groups and squadrons until the Japanese surrender in 1945. Its attached units "flew missions against Japanese shipping, coastal installations, gun positions, airdromes, and troop concentrations. Fighting in New Guinea and later in the Philippine Islands, attached fighter units flew escort for bombing, supply, and reconnaissance missions."[1] In October 1945, the wing moved to Japan and served in the occupation force. It was inactivated in Japan during early 1946.[1]

Air Force Reserve[edit]

The 310th Bomb Wing (Light) was organized as an Reserve unit on 19 February 1947 at Tinker Field on 10 July 1947.[1] The 323d Bombardment Group and 456th Bombardment Squadron at Tinker Field, the 340th Bombardment Group, 487th and 488th Bombardment Squadrons at Tulsa Municipal Airport, and the 489th Bombardment Squadron at Davis Field were activated between 9 September and 12 November 1947, with requests for activation of up to five more bombardment squadrons pending as of early 1948.

Even before the bomb wing’s activation, it was decided that it should be equipped with the Douglas A-26 Invader light bombardment aircraft. The bomb wing’s reservists received several of these light bombers by mid-1948, with the promise of more. Plans were underway soon afterwards to activate the 323d Bombardment Group, and the 455th and 456th Bombardment Squadrons, all subordinate units of the 310th Bombardment Wing.

By April 1948 the 310th Bombardment Wing was redesignated the 310th Air Division with (by then) Brigadier General Lewis remaining in command. From that point, the 323d Bombardment Wing became the focal point for Air Force Reserve activities in Oklahoma.[citation needed]

The 310th Air Division seemed to have become largely an administrative headquarters, and it slipped into obscurity for the remainder of its existence at Tinker Air Force Base, eventually being inactivated on 27 June 1949.[citation needed]

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as the 310 Bombardment Wing, Medium on 20 January 1944
Activated on 1 February 1944
Inactivated on 25 March 1946
  • Redesignated 310 Bombardment Wing, Light on 27 May 1947
Activated in the Reserve on 26 July 1947
Redesignated 310 Air Division, Bombardment on 16 April 1948
Inactivated on 27 June 1949[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Factsheet 310 Air Division, Bombardment". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

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