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54 Fighter Group (AETC)

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

Lineage. Established as 54 Pursuit Group (Interceptor) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated as 54 Fighter Group on 15 May 1942. Disbanded on 1 May 1944. Reestablished and redesignated as 54 Fighter Group (Air Defense) on 20 Jun 1955. Activated on 18 Aug 1955. Inactivated on 8 Jan 1958. Redesignated as 54 Fighter Group on 20 Feb 2014. Activated on 1 Mar 2014.
 
Assignments. First Wing, 15 Jan 1941; II Interceptor Command, 9 Apr 1941; V Support Command, 31 Jan 1942; III Interceptor (later, Fighter) Command, 18 Apr 1942-1 May 1944. 4708 Air Defense Wing, 18 Aug 1955; 30 Air Division, 8 Jul 1956-8 Jan 1958. 56 Fighter Wing, 1 Mar 2014-.

Operational Components. Squadrons. 42 Pursuit (Interceptor) (later, 42 Fighter; 42 Fighter-Interceptor): 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944; 18 Aug 1955-8 Jan 1958. 56 Pursuit (Interceptor) (later, 56 Fighter): 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944. 57 Pursuit (Interceptor) (later, 57 Fighter): 15 Jan 1941-1 May 1944. 311 Fighter: 1 Mar 2014-.

Stations. Hamilton Field, CA, 15 Jan 1941; Paine Field, WA, 26 Jun 1941; Harding Field, LA, 31 Jan 1942 (air echelon at March Field, CA, 27 May 1942; Ontario, CA, 28 May 1942; Elmendorf Field, AK, 12 Jun-21 Dec 1942); Bartow AAFld, FL, 11 May 1943-1 May 1944. Greater Pittsburgh Aprt, PA, 18 Aug 1955-8 Jan 1958. Holloman AFB, NM, 1 Mar 2014-.

Commanders. Capt Harry A. Hammond, 15 Jan 1941; Col Phineas K. Morrill, Feb 1941; Col Charles M. McCorkle, 12 Sep 1942; Lt Col George B. Greene Jr., 11 Aug 1943; Lt Col Ward W. Harker, 17 Sep 1943; Col Joseph S. Holtoner, 6 Mar-1 May 1944. Col Edward F. Roddy, 1955; Col Joe K. McNay, 1 Jul 1956-unkn. Col Rodney Petithomme, 1 Mar 2014-.

Aircraft. P-36, 1941; P-40, 1941-1942; P-39, 1942-1943; P-51, 1943-1944. F-86, 1955-1958. F-16, 2014-.

Operations. Participated in defense of US west coast, 1941. Awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands during summer 1942. Served as replacement training unit, 1943-1944. Served as part of US east coast defense, 1955-1958. Activated as an F-16 training unit, 2014-.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Aleutian Islands.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Aleutian Islands, [Jun]-4 Nov 1942.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, Honors, Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 14 Apr 2014.

Supersedes published information contained in: Maurer Maurer (ed.), Air Force Combat Units of World War II: (Washington: USGPO, 1983).

Emblem. Approved on 8 Mar 1957.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.