6th Air Division

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6th Air Division
6th Air Division crest.jpg
6th Air Division emblem
Active 19 October 1940–7 December 1941
30 May 1942–13 September 1943
5 August 1946–28 July 1948
1 February 1951–2 July 1966
5 July 1968 – 15 December 1969
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ see "Stations" section below
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles" section below
Decorations see "Lineage and Honors" section below

The 6th Air Division an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Thirteenth Air Force, based at Clark Air Base, Philippines. It was inactivated on 15 December 1969.

Heraldry[edit]

On a shield per chevron argent and gules, in chief, a stylized silhouetted jet aircraft, issuing from chief, nose toward base azure; in base a sphere with land areas of the first and water areas of the third, grid lines black, over a branch of olive or, between two lightning bolts argent; superimposed overall and flanking the dexter and sinister, two stylized arrows or. (Approved 5 October 1955)

History[edit]

Established as a pursuit wing in 1940, under Northeast Air Command (later First Air Force). Deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in the summer of 1942, the 6th Fighter Wing was a training organization for VIII Fighter Command in England during 1942/43 where it trained replacement pilots for fighter organizations. After the war, it served in the Canal Zone as part of the defense forces of the Panama Canal

Being redesignated as an Air Division in 1951, the 6th Air Division was an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, performing, organizing, and training assigned units for sustained long–range offensive bombardment and air to air refueling operations around the world.

Inactivated by SAC with the closure of Dow AFB in 1966, the unit was reactivated under Thirteenth Air Force in the Philippines as a theater transport command and control organization, supporting US forces in the Vietnam War. Units under the division's control participated in Arc Light missions and controlled aircraft that flew weather reconnaissance missions in Southeast Asia.

Inactivated in 1969 due to budget restraints.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 6th Pursuit Wing on 19 October 1940
Activated on 18 December 1940
Inactivated on 7 December 1941
  • Redesignated 6th Fighter Wing on 30 May 1942
Activated on 7 June 1942
Disestablished on 13 September 1943
  • Reestablished on 5 August 1946
Activated on 25 August 1946
Inactivated on 28 July 1948
  • Redesignated 6th Air Division on 1 February 1951
Organized on 10 February 1951
Discontinued on 16 June 1952
  • Activated on 16 June 1952
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 July 1966
  • Activated on 5 July 1968
Organized on 1 August 1968
Inactivated on 15 December 1969

Assignments[edit]

  • GHQ Air Force, 18 December 1940 – 7 December 1941
Apparently further assigned to: Northeast Air District, later 1st Air Force, 16 January 1941
Apparently further assigned to: I Interceptor Command, 5 June – 7 December 1941
Attached I Fighter Command, 7 June 1942-c. 5 August 1942

Components[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

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