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311th Air Division
Active 1944–1949
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Strategic Air Command
Garrison/HQ Forbes AFB, Kansas

The 311th Air Division (311th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command, being stationed at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas. It was inactivated on November 1, 1949.

The 311th began its existence in February 1944, at Bolling Field, DC, and operated in the United States for its entire active period. Subordinate units, however, between February 1944 and August 1945, deployed to diverse areas of the world such as Africa, the Middle East, the China Burma India Theater, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and the Caribbean. These units conducted mapping and charting operations, and in some instances flew reconnaissance missions.

After World War II, the 311th transferred to Continental Air Forces (later, Strategic Air Command) at Buckley Field, CO. In March 1946 it became the major reconnaissance organization of Strategic Air Command.

The 311th was SAC's first major reconnaissance organization.[1] Its components were scattered around the world and moved several times. It was initially moved to MacDill Field on April 17, 1946, but a month later it was transferred to Andrews AFB. On July 20, 1948 it moved to Topeka AFB Kansas and a month later to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. The 311th was The 311th had five squadrons: 1st, 12th, 16th, 91st, and 46th/72nd recon squadrons.

The unit was redesignated as the 311th Air Division, Reconnaissance two years later, on April 16, 1948, and inactivated on November 1, 1949.

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Lineage

  • Established as 311 Photographic Wing, Mapping and Charting on January 31, 1944
Activated on February 1, 1944
Redesignated: 311 Reconnaissance Wing on July 30, 1945
Redesignated: 311 Air Division, Reconnaissance on April 16, 1948
Redesignated: 311 Air Division on January 5, 1949
Inactivated on November 1, 1949.

Assignments

Stations

Components

Units

5 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing: July 16 – November 1, 1949 (Mountain Home AFB)
  • 91 Reconnaissance Group: October 1, 1947 – November 10, 1948. (Andrews Field)
91 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing: November 10, 1948 – November 1, 1949 (McGuire AFB)
  • 55 Reconnaissance Group: February 24, 1947 – July 19, 1948 (MacDill Field)
55 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing: July 19, 1948 – October 14, 1949 (Topeka AFB)

Wings

Groups

  • 1 Photographic: March 5 – October 5, 1944
  • 11 Photographic: March 5 – October 5, 1944
  • 66 Strategic Reconnaissance: June 27 – November 1, 1949

Aircraft

References

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.
  1. ^ Mixer, Ronald E., Genealogy of the STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, Battermix Publishing Company, 1999 and Mixer, Ronald E., STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, An Organizational History, Battermix Publishing Company, 2006.

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