4676th Air Defense Group

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4676th Air Defense Group Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
Active 1953–1955
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Type Fighter Interceptor
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Central Air Defense Force
33d Air Division
Equipment F-86D Sabre

The 4676th Air Defense Group is a discontinued United States Air Force (USAF) organization. Its last assignment was with the 33d Air Division of Air Defense Command (ADC) at Grandview AFB Missouri, where it was discontinued in 1955. The group was activated at Fairfax Field in 1953 as USAF host for both Fairfax and Grandview. It moved to Grandview when that base was completed and added an operational air defense mission in 1954. It was discontinued in 1955 when ADC replaced air defense groups commanding fighter squadrons with fighter groups that had distinguished records in the two World Wars.

History[edit]

The group was organized in 1953 and replaced the 4610th Air Base Squadron, which was organized on 23 February 1951, as the USAF host organization at Fairfax Field, Kansas.[1] the 4676th was also the USAF host unit for Grandview AFB, Missouri.[2] The group was assigned two squadrons and a medical unit to carry out these responsibilities.[3] The group was assigned the 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which was activated at Fairfax Field in December, flying radar equipped and HVAR rocket armed North American F-86D Sabre fighter aircraft as its operational componenent.[4] Its operational mission was air defense of Kansas City area and the central Midwest.[citation needed] The group moved to Grandview AFB, Missouri 16 February 1954.[2] At this time military use of Fairfax Field ended.[citation needed] The group was discontinued and replaced by the 328th Fighter Group (Air Defense),[5][6] which assumed its mission, personnel and equipment at Grandview (later Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base) as part of ADC's Project Arrow, which was designed to bring back on the active list the fighter units which had compiled memorable records in the two world wars.[7]

Lineage[edit]

  • Organized as 4676th Air Defense Group, on 8 October 1953
Discontinued on 18 August 1955

Assignments[edit]

Components[edit]

  • 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 18 December 1953 – 18 August 1955
  • 4676th Air Base Squadron, 8 October 1953 - 18 August 1955
  • 4676th Materiel Squadron, 8 October 1953 - 18 August 1955[8]
  • 4676th USAF Infirmary, 8 October 1953 - 19 April 1954[9]
  • 613th USAF Infirmary, 19 April 1954 - 18 August 1955[10]

Stations[edit]

  • Fairfax Field, Kansas, 8 October 1953 – 16 February 1954
  • Grandview AFB, Missouri, 16 February 1954 - 18 August 1955

Aircraft[edit]

  • F-86D 1953-1955

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946-1980. Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. p. 88. 
  2. ^ a b Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 499–500. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. 
  3. ^ Abstract, History of 33rd Air Division, Jul 1955-Dec 1955 (retrieved March 24, 2012)
  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. 402. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. 
  5. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 209. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. 
  6. ^ AFHRA Factsheet, 328th Armament Systems Wing (accessed 24 Mar 2012)
  7. ^ Buss, Lydus H.(ed), Sturm, Thomas A., Volan, Denys, and McMullen, Richard F., History of Continental Air Defense Command and Air Defense Command July to December 1955, Directorate of Historical Services, Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, CO, 1956, p. 6
  8. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p. 148
  9. ^ Abstract, History of 4676th USAF Infirmary, Jul 1953-Dec 1953 (retrieved March 24, 2012)
  10. ^ Abstract, History of 613th USAF Infirmary, Jan 1954-Jun 1954 (retrieved March 24, 2012)

Bibliography[edit]

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

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