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50th Air Division
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Active 8 January 1941–31 July 1946
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

The 50th Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force stationed at Pope Field, North Carolina. It was inactivated on 31 July 1946.

Established and activated as the 50th Transport Wing on 14 January 1941, it trained subordinate units in the U.S. In October 1943, the wing moved to England, was assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, and began training for the invasion of continental Europe. This training involved airdropping paratroops and towing gliders.

In June 1944, subordinate units dropped paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, subsequently flying numerous missions to bring in reinforcements and needed supplies. During the airborne attack on The Netherlands (Operation Market Garden, September 1944), the 50th dropped paratroops, towed gliders, and flew resupply missions. Several of its subordinate units also participated in the invasion of southern France in August 1944. The 50th supported the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge by towing gliders full of supplies near Bastogne on 27 December 1944. In addition, its units participated in the air assault across the Rhine River in early 1945 and later flew numerous freight missions to carry gasoline, food, medicine, and other supplies to allied ground forces pushing across Germany.

On 1 September 1959, the USAF redesignated the wing as the 50th Air Division; however, it was never activated.

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History

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Lineage

  • Established as 50 Transport Wing on 8 Jan 1941
Activated on 14 Jan 1941
Redesignated 50 Troop Carrier Wing on 4 Jul 1942
Inactivated on 31 Jul 1946
Redesignated 50 Air Division on 1 Sep 1959 (Remained inactive)

Assignments

Components

Groups

Squadrons

  • 1 Troop Carrier Pathfinder (Provisional): 19 – 26 May 1945
  • 2 Troop Carrier Pathfinder (Provisional): 13 Apr – 26 May 1945
  • 29 Troop Carrier: attached 20 May 12 – Sep 1945
  • 806 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 17 Nov 1943 – 1 Feb 1945
  • 810 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 22 Dec 1943 – 22 Jul 1944
  • 811 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: unkn – 1 Mar 1944
  • 813 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 1 Feb – 29 Aug 1944; 11 Sep 1944 – 15 Sep 1945
  • 814 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 14 Feb – 7 Apr 1944
  • 815 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 1 Feb – 8 Apr 1945
  • 816 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 13 Oct 1944 – 8 Apr 1945; 1 Jul – 3 Aug 1945
  • 817 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 1 Oct 1944 – 17 May 1945; 1 – 27 Jul 1945
  • 818 Medical Air Evacuation Transport: 22 Jan – 8 Apr 1945; 12 May-3 Aug 1945

Stations

Aircraft

  • C-27, 1941–1942
  • C-33, 1941–1942
  • C-34, 1941–1942
  • C-47, 1941–1945
  • C-50, 1941–1942
  • C-53, 1941–1945
  • C-46, 1944–1946.

References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  • USAFHRA Factseet, 50th Air Division

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