306th Fighter Wing
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|306th Fighter Wing|
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|Part of||Fifteenth Air Force|
The 306th Fighter Wing (306th FW) was a World War II United States Army Air Forces organization assigned to Fifteenth Air Force as an intermediate-level command and control organization. It was last stationed at Drew Field, Florida and was inactivated on 7 November 1945.
- Constituted as 306th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 7 December 1943.
- Activated on 15 January 1944.
- Redesignated 306th Fighter Wing in May 1944
- Inactivated on 7 November 1945.
- Fifteenth Air Force, 15 January 1944 – 15 July 1945
- Continental Air Command
- Third Air Force, August −7 November 1945
- Bari Airfield, Italy, 15 January 1944
- Foggia Airfield, Italy, 27 January 1944
- Lucera Airfield, Italy, 23 February 1944
- Torremaggiore, Italy, 8 March 1944
- Lesina Airfield, Italy, 3 September 1944
- Fano Airfield, Italy, 5 March – 15 July 1945
- Drew Field, Florida, August −7 November 1945
- Transferred from 5th Bombardment Wing:
- 1st Fighter Group 27 March – November 1944
- 82d Fighter Group 27 March 1944 – 13 June 1945
- 325th Fighter Group May 1944 – 13 June 1945
- Transferred from Twelfth Air Force
- 14th Fighter Group 1 November 1943 – 27 March 1944
- 31st Fighter Group 2 April 1944 – 13 June 1945
- 52d Fighter Group 14 May 1944 – 13 June 1945
- 332d Fighter Group 28 May 1944 – 13 June 1945
All units were transferred to 305th Fighter Wing
- P-38 Lightning (1st, 14th 82d FG 1 November 1943 – Summer 1944)
- P-51 Mustang (All)
- P-47 Thunderbolt, B-26 Marauder (325th FG, also P-51 Mustang)
Constituted originally as the 306th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 7 December 1943. Activated in Italy on 15 January 1944. Assigned to Fifteenth Air Force.
Entered combat in Mar as a fighter organization. Re-designated 306th Fighter Wing in May 1944. Operated in the Mediterranean and European theaters until the end of the war.
Moved to the US, July–August 1945. Inactivated on 7 November 1945.
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.