402d Fighter-Day Group

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402d Fighter-Day Group
Active 1943–1957
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces

The 402d Fighter-Day Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Tactical Air Command, being inactivated at Greenville Air Force Base, Mississippi on 8 February 1957.

History[edit]

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as 402d Bombardment Group (Medium) on 20 April 1943
Activated in China on 19 May 1943
Disbanded in China on 31 July 1943
Reconstituted and consolidated with the 402d Fighter Group on 3 October 1956
402d Fighter Group was constituted on 24 September 1943
Activated in the US on 1 October 1943
Disbanded on 10 April 1944.
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 402d Fighter-Day Group, on 4 October 1956
Activated on 15 October 1956
Inactivated on 8 February 1957

Assignments[edit]

Attached to: New York Fighter Wing, 1–13 October 1943

Components[edit]

  • 320th Fighter (later Fighter-Day) Squadron: 1 October 1943 – 10 April 1944; 15 October 1956 – 8 February 1957
  • 442d Fighter (later Fighter-Day) Squadron: 1 October 1943 – 10 April 1944; 15 October 1956 – 8 February 1957
  • 452d Fighter Squadron: 1 October 1943 – 10 April 1944
  • 538th Fighter Squadron: 1 October – 25 November 1943
  • 539th Fighter Squadron: 1 October – 25 November 1943
  • 540th Fighter (later Fighter-Day) Squadron: 1 October 1943 – 10 April 1944; 15 October 1956 – 8 February 1957

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Operations history[edit]

Activated in China as 402d Bombardment Group assigned to Fourteenth Air Force in early 1943. Programmed for B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, however no aircraft or squadrons were assigned and its headquarters apparently was never fully manned. The unit was subsequently disbanded.

402d Fighter Group was activated and assigned to First Air Force as a replacement training unit for P-47 Thunderbolt pilots in 1943–1944.

Reconstituted and redesignated 402d Fighter-Day Group and assigned to Tactical Air Command. Planned as an F-100 Super Sabre group, however decision was made to keep Greenville AFB as an Air Training Command base. As a result no aircraft were assigned and the unit was inactivated in 1957.

References[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.

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