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12th Air Division
12th Air Division crest.jpg
12th Air Division emblem
Active 19 October 1940–6 March 1942
23 August 1942–9 October 1944
3 July 1947–27 June 1949
1 February 1951–31 July 1990
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Garrison/HQ see "Stations" section below
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles" section below
Decorations see "Lineage and honors" section below
Commanders see "Commanders" section below

The 12th Air Division an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment waa with the Eighth Air Force, based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. It was inactivated on on 31 July 1990.

Established as the 12th Pursuit Wing in the Panama Canal Zone 20 November 1940–6 March 1942 the organization provided command and control of pursuit groups and squadrons for Sixth Air Force.

Reassigned to Eighth Air Force in England during November 1942 as a bombardment wing, but never made operational . All personnel and equipment were withdrawn in January 1943, and the organization did not serve in combat.

Reactivated in 1951, the 12th Air Division was an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command. It conducted training for worldwide bombardment operations. From 1963–1984 and 1988–1990, it maintained an ICBM capability, conducted staff assistance visits, and monitored programs such as retention, domestic actions, and medical capabilities of its subordinate units.

Assure unit Emergency War Order (EWO) capability and combat crew training conducted at Castle and Dyess Air Force bases, continually evaluate qualification training, direct correction or improvement when appropriate, and represent training concerns to higher headquarters.

Inactivated in 1990 as part of the military drawdown of the USAF after the end of the Cold War.





Or, a globe azure grid lined of the first between in dexter an airplane palewise ascending argent, exhaust gules and in sinister a missile palewise of the like, overall a gauntlet of the third, grasping an olive branch vert and a lightning flash of the fourth bend sinisterwise and two lightning flashes of the last bendwise, on a chief of the second per chevron inverted seme of mullets argent; all within a diminished bordure of argent (silver gray) (approved on 30 Dec 1988).


  • Established as: 12 Pursuit Wing on 19 Oct 1940
Activated on 20 Nov 1940
Inactivated on 6 Mar 1942
  • Redesignated: 12 Bombardment Wing on 23 Aug 1942
Activated on 8 Sept 1942
Disestablished on 9 Oct 1944
  • Reestablished, and redesignated 12 Bombardment Wing, Light on 3 Jul 1947
Activated in the Reserve on 3 Aug 1947
Redesignated: 12 Air Division, Bombardment on 16 Apr 1948
Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949
  • Redesignated: 12 Air Division on 1 Feb 1951
Organized on 10 Feb 1951
Discontinued on 16 Jun 1952
  • Activated on 16 Jun 1952
Redesignated: 12 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 Jun 1962
Redesignated: 12 Strategic Missile Division on 30 Jun 1971
Redesignated: 12 Air Division on 1 Mar 1973
Inactivated on 31 Jul 1990






Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles


PD-icon.svg 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 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency: 12th Air Division

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