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54th Fighter-Interceptor Group
Emblem of the 54th Fighter-Interceptor Group
Active 1940–1958
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter-Interceptor

The 54th Fighter-Interceptor Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit, last assigned to the Air Defense Command, being stationed at Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania. The squadron was inactivated on June 30, 1958





  • Constituted as 54th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) on November 20, 1940
Activated on January 15, 1941
Redesignated 54th Fighter Group in May 1942
Disbanded on May 1, 1944.
  • Reconstituted and redesignated 54th Fighter Group (Air Defense), on June 20, 1955
Activated on August 18, 1955 by redesignation of 500th Air Defense Group
Inactivated on June 30, 1958


Air echelon deployed to Eleventh Air Force, June 1 – November 30, 1942



Operational History

Trained with P-40's. Served as a part of the, defense force for the northwest Pacific coast during the first few months of the war. Redesignated 54th Fighter Group in May 1942. The air echelon, equipped with P-39's, served in Alaska against the Japanese forces that invaded the Aleutian Islands during the summer of 1942, and for these operations the group received a DUC. The air echelon returned to the US in December 1942 and rejoined the group, which had been assigned to Third AF, and which became a replacement training unit for P-51 pilots.

The 42d FIS was activated in February 1953 at O'Hare Airport with F-86Ds. In August 1955 the unit designation was transferred to Greater Pittsburgh Airport. The squadron transitioned into F-86Ls in the spring of 1957 which were flown until deactivation on July 1, 1958.


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.
  • USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).

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