327th Air Division

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327th Air Division
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Taipei Air Station Taipei Taiwan as it looked in 1975.jpg
Taipei Air Station, headquarters of 327th Air Division, in 1975
Active 1957-1960; 1966-1976
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Intermediate command of operational units
Part of Pacific Air Forces
Insignia
327th Air Division emblem (approved 9 December 1958)[1] 327ad-emblem.jpg

The 327th Air Division is an inactive air division of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was assigned to Thirteenth Air Force throughout its existence. It was last stationed at Taipei Air Station in Gongguan, Taipei, Taiwan, where it was inactivated on 7 January 1976.

The division was first active on Guam from 1957 to 1960. At Guam it was responsible for the air defense of the Mariana Islands.

From 1966 to 1976, it was the administrative headquarters for all USAF units on Taiwan. It also supported other governmental agencies on the island. It also coordinated with the Republic of China Air Force for the air defense of Taiwan.

History[edit]

Air defense of Guam[edit]

The 327th Air Division was activated on 1 July 1957 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. It assumed responsibility for the air defense of the Mariana Islands. To accomplish this mission, the division was assiged the 832d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, and the 41st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (flying North American F-86 Sabres). In addition to Air Force training, these units also trained with naval organizations and participated in military exercises. The division was discontinued on 8 March 1960.[1]

USAF headquarters for Taiwan[edit]

The origins of the division's reactivation on Taiwan lie with Air Task Force 13 (Provisional). Air task forces had been active on Taiwan as early as 1955, under the command of then-Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.. General Davis was the vice commander of Thirteenth Air Force, and had the additional duty as commander of Air Task Force 13 when activated. The task force was affiliated with the United States Taiwan Defense Command. On 8 February 1966, the division replaced the task force at Taipei AS, Taiwan and assumed responsibility for Air Force units on Taiwan. The 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base (commonly called "CCK") was attached to the division, but was assigned to the 315th Air Division until November 1968. The 314th provided airlift throughout the Pacific, particularly combat airlift in Southeast Asia.[2] In the spring of 1971 the 314th was replaced at CCK by the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, which continued its airlift mission until moving to Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1973.[2][3]

The 327th Air Division provided logistics, administrative and service support for military and United States government agencies on Taiwan. In addition, it coordinated air defense operations and plans with the Republic of China Air Force to integrate combined forces into the overall Pacific Command. In fulfilling its mission, the 327th participated in numerous military exercises. It was inactivated on 7 January 1976.[1]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 327th Air Division on 22 June 1957
  • Activated on 1 July 1957
  • Discontinued on 8 March 1960
  • Organized on 8 February 1966
  • Inactivated on 7 January 1976[1]

Assignments[edit]

Components[edit]

Wings

Ching Chuan Kang Air Base
Ching Chuan Kang Air Base

Groups

  • 6214th Combat Support Group (later 6214th Air Base Group, 6214th Air Base Squadron): 8 February 1966 – 31 March 1975
Tainan Air Station
  • 6217th Combat Support Group: 8 February 1966 – 31 May 1971
Ching Chuan Kang Air Base
  • 6217th Combat Support Group: 15 November 1973 – 7 January 1976
Ching Chuan Kang Air Base

Squadrons

Operated at Mount Santa Rosa
  • 6213th Support Squadron (later 6213th Air Base Squadron): 8 February 1966 – 7 January 1976
  • 6214th Air Base Squadron see 6214th Combat Support Group

Other

  • USAF Dispensary, Taipei (later USAF Clinic, Taipei): 17 May 1971 – 1 April 1973
  • 6205th Tactical Control Flight: 30 September 1971 – 30 June 1972

Stations[edit]

  • Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 1 July 1957 – 8 March 1960
  • Taipei Air Station, Taiwan, 8 February 1966 - 7 January 1976[1]

Aircraft[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Factsheet 327 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 10/12/2007. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 161–163. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. 
  3. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 196-199

Bibliography[edit]

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

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