419th Operations Group

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419th Operations Group
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Emblem of the 419th Operations Group
Active 1944–1946; 1947–1951; 1956–1957; 1992–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Emblem of the 419th Troop Carrier Group (1950s)

The 419th Operations Group (419 OG) is an operational component of the 419th Fighter Wing, stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The 419 OG plans and organizes operational programs and establishes policies and procedures for operational training functions. It directs, monitors and supports operations programs, including flight operations, standardization/evaluation, weapons and tactics, intelligence, operations and training and life support.

The group's designated flying squadron is the 466th Fighter Squadron. Pilots from the unit train for both air-to-air and air-to-ground attack missions in the F-16 C/D model aircraft.

History[edit]

Activated on Guam on 31 January 1945. Assigned to Seventh Air Force. From late January 1945 to mid-February 1946 the 419th Troop Carrier Group's headquarters was assigned neither squadrons nor aircraft, but was composed primarily of a few detachments on Saipan, Tinian, Guam (all in the Mariana Islands), and Angaur (in the Palau Islands), the latter detachment moving to Iwo Jima in March 1945. The detachments operated transportation terminals that assisted in moving troops, equipment, food, and mail to, and in evacuating personnel from, combat areas.

When activated again, the 419th controlled several Reserve units at five separate locations. In mid-1949 the group moved without personnel or equipment to Scott AFB, IL, where it became the combat component of the new 419th Troop Carrier Wing. Group pilots trained in T-6, T-7, T-11, and C/TC-47 aircraft until c. March 1951.

Beginning July 1956, the group (and its three squadrons) trained in C-123 assault airlift operations. For the next 16 months the group airlifted, airdropped, and airlanded troops and cargo to support tactical operations, special missions, and U.S. Army and joint airborne exercises, worldwide.

From August 1992 it trained for and flew fighter missions. Between December 1994 and February 1995, took part patrols to enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 419th Troop Carrier Group on 1 December 1944
Activated on 31 January 1945
Inactivated on 15 February 1946
  • Activated in the Reserve on 22 March 1947
Redesignated 419th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 2 May 1951
  • Redesignated 419th Troop Carrier Group, Assault, Fixed Wing on 24 February 1956
Activated on 9 July 1956
Inactivated on 11 December 1957
  • Redesignated: 419th Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 419th Operations Group on 1 August 1992
Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1992.

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

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