66th Fighter Wing

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66th Fighter Wing
169th Fighter Squadron - North American F-51H-10-NA Mustang 44-64661.jpg
Active 1943–1945; 1946-1950
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Fighter
Part of Illinois Air National Guard

The 66th Fighter Wing is a disbanded unit of the United States Air Force, last stationed at Chicago Municipal Airport, Illinois. It was withdrawn from the Illinois Air National Guard and inactivated on 31 October 1950.


World War II[edit]

Established in March 1943 at Norfolk Army Airfield Virginia. Supervised training of fighter units for overseas duty.[1]

Reorganized and deployed to England, became an intermediate-level command and control organization for VIII Fighter Command with responsibility for fighter-escort groups of Eighth Air Force. Assigned groups provided fighter escort to B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator heavy bomber groups during combat missions over Occupied Europe July 1943-May 1945. Inactivated in England, 21 November 1945.[1]

Air National Guard[edit]

Allotted to the Illinois Air National Guard for command and control origination for units in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. Extended federal recognition and activated on 26 November 1946.

At the end of October 1950, the Air National Guard converted to the wing-base Hobson Plan organization. As a result, the wing was withdrawn from the Illinois ANG and was inactivated on 31 October 1950. The 126th Composite Wing was established by the National Guard Bureau, allocated to the state of Illinois, recognized and activated 1 November 1950; assuming the personnel, equipment and mission of the inactivated 66th Fighter Wing.


  • Constituted as the 5th Air Defense Wing on 25 March 1943
Activated on 27 March 1943
Re-designated 66th Fighter Wing on 3 July 1943.
Inactivated on 21 November 1945.
  • Allotted to the National Guard on 24 May 1946[1]
Extended federal recognition and activated on 26 November 1946
Inactivated, and returned to the control of the Department of the Air Force, on 31 October 1950
  • Disbanded on 15 June 1983



World War II[edit]

Illinois Air National Guard[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Maurer, p. 403


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

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