43d Air Division

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43d Air Division
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68th FIS Lockheed F-94B-5-LO 53-5355.jpg
Active 1952–1957
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
43d Air Division emblem (Approved 19 December 1956)[2][3] USAF - 43d Air Division.png

The 43d Air Division is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. It was last active on 1 October 1957, when it was stationed at Itazuke Air Base, Japan


Originally designated as the 43d Air Division (Defense) when organized on 1 March 1952, the division was redesignated 43d Air Division on 18 March 1955. The unit was discontinued and inactivated, on 1 October 1957. The 43d Air Division assumed responsibility for the air defense of Southwestern Japan (Kyūshū, in March 1952. The 43d also included the western part of Honshū, and most of Shikoku), using radar, fighter aircraft, and ground weapons to prevent or disrupt enemy air attacks. "It supported numerous exercises, some involving U.S. and British naval vessels, and training for the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The division also supervised electronic countermeasures, and weather reconnaissance missions. In the summer of 1957, when the Nagasaki area suffered severe flooding, the 43d assisted Japanese authorities and people by flying numerous airlift missions with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft."[2]


  • Established as the 43d Air Division (Defense) and organized on 1 March 1952
  • Redesignated 43d Air Division on 18 March 1955
  • Discontinued and inactivated on 1 October 1957[2]


  • Japan Air Defense Force, 1 March 1952;
  • Fifth Air Force, 1 September 1954 – 1 October 1957[2]





  • Col. Charles W. Stark, 1 March 1952
  • Col. Edward N. Backus, c.1954
  • Col. Samuel J. Gormly Jr., by 31 December 1954
  • Col. James M. Smelley, 9 July 1956
  • Col. Ladson G. Eskridge Jr., 13 August 1956 – 1 October 1957[2]

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  1. ^ Aircraft is Lockheed F-94B-5-LO Serial 53-5355
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Factsheet 43 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ A shield argent on a bend azure three futuramic aircraft, in bend, or, between two lightning bolts in saltire gules and a magnetic field of the last with cardinal compass points and pylon of the last


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.