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316th Airlift Division
Emblem of the 316th Airlift Division
Active 1944-1991
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
  • World War II
Pacific Theater (1945)

The 316th Airlift Division (316th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Forces in Europe, assigned to Seventeenth Air Force, being stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 May 1991.





  • Established as 316 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 4 Aug 1944.
Activated on 14 Aug 1944.
Redesignated: 316 Composite Wing on 8 Jan 1946
Redesignated: 316 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 6 May 1946
Inactivated on 21 Jun 1948
  • Redesignated 316 Air Division (Defense) on 26 Jun 1953
Organized on 18 Sep 1953
Discontinued on 1 Apr 1960
  • Redesignated 316 Air Division on 1 Jun 1985
Activated on 14 Jun 1985
Inactivated on 1 May 1991


Attached XXII Bomber Command, c. August 14 – c. December 7, 1944
Eighth Air Force, 5 Sept 1945
1 Air Division, 13 Jun 1946-21 Jun 1948
Seventeenth Air Force, 18 Sept 1953
Seventeenth Air Force, 14 Jun 1985-1 May 1991.






  • 28th Photographic Reconnaissance: 15-29 May 1946
  • 45th Fighter-Interceptor (later, 45 Fighter-Day): 18 Sep 1953-8 Jan 1958
  • 324th Fighter-Interceptor: 1 Jul 1958-8 Mar 1960
  • 357th Fighter-Interceptor: 18 Sep 1953-8 Mar 1960.


Operational History

The 316th Bombardment Wing trained in the United States before transfer to Okinawa in Aug 1945. Assigned units ferried Allied prisoners of war from Japan to the Philippines.

In Sep 1953, the 316th Division manned, equipped, trained, and maintained assigned units until Apr 1960. It provided warning and defense against potential hostile air operations against the Moroccan region of North Africa.

In 1985, the division gained operational responsibility to implement war and contingency plans. It also provided host support to units in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) as well as logistical support for other organizations in the European theater. In Apr-May 1991, assigned units deployed aircraft and personnel to Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort, a humanitarian relief effort to save the Kurds from starvation and resettle them in northern Iraq.


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