7th Air Division

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7th Air Division
7th Air Division crest.png
7th Air Division emblem
Active 31 March 1944-3 September 1948
20 March 1951-30 June 1965
1 July 1978 – 1 February 1992
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 7th Air Division (7 AD) served the United States Air Force with distinction from early 1944 through early 1992, earning an outstanding unit decoration and a service streamer along the way.

The division provided air defense of the Hawaiian Islands April 1944 – September 1948.

In 1951 as part of the Strategic Air Command, the division controlled deployed bombardment and reconnaissance forces between 1951 and 1965. It participated in alerts, exercises, operational readiness inspections, evaluations, and intensive training programs to provide an advanced combat ready force. It also assumed responsibility for air base construction and improvement, which included building complexes to accommodate bombers, fighters, and special functions such as communications, weapons storage, aircraft parts, and navigational aids.

From 1978, the division was activated in Europe to provide command and control for SAC units assigned to USAFE, primarily air refueling and reconnaissance organizations, but also ground support units such as the 3920th Strategic Wing. It assured that assigned units trained to conduct strategic warfare according to the Emergency War Order. It also assured that assigned units could conduct strategic reconnaissance and air refueling and function as the nucleus of a SAC advanced echelon in event of contingency operations.

History[edit]

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 7 Fighter Wing on 31 March 1944
Activated on 21 April 1944
Redesignated 7 Air Division on 15 December 1947
Inactivated on 1 May 1948
  • Organized on 1 May 1948
Discontinued on 3 September 1948
  • Activated on 20 March 1951
Inactivated on 16 June 1952
  • Organized on 16 June 1952
Discontinued on 30 June 1965
  • Activated on 1 July 1978
Inactivated on 1 February 1992[1]

Assignments[edit]

Attached VII Fighter Command, 24 April – 15 August 1944

Components[edit]

Wings

Groups

Squadrons

  • 6th Night Fighter Squadron: attached 27 September – 11 December 1944; assigned 12 May 1945 – 1 March 1946; assigned 22 April – 31 May 1946
  • 19 Surveillance: 1 December 1979 – 1 May 1983
  • 41 Photographic Reconnaissance: 18 April – 13 June 1945
  • 43 Reconnaissance, Long Range, Photographic: attached 20 September 1945 – 22 February 1946 (further attached to 30 Bombardment Group for same period)
  • 548th Night Fighter Squadron: 16 September – 20 October 1944
  • 549th Night Fighter Squadron: 20 October – 1 November 1944.

Stations[edit]

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles[edit]

After activation on 1 July 1978, the division controlled aircraft such as the: KC-135 Stratotanker, B-52 Stratofortress, RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, SR-71 Blackbird, and U-2 Dragon Lady.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Factsheet 7 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 10/4/2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 

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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