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64th Air Division
USAF 64th Air Division Crest.jpg
Emblem of the 64th Air Division
Active 1942 – 1963
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Command and Control
Part of Air Defense Command
Carroll W. McColpin

The 64th Air Division (64th AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command, being stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on 1 July 1963





  • Established as 3d Air Defense Wing on 12 December 1942
Activated on 12 December 1942
Redesignated 64th Fighter Wing on 24 July 1943
Inactivated on 5 June 1947
  • Redesignated 64th Air Division (Defense) on 17 March 1952
Activated on 8 April 1952
Inactivated on 20 December 1952
  • Organized on 20 December 1952
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 July 1963


I Fighter Command, 12 December 1942 – c. 7 February 1943
XII Fighter Command, 22 February 1943
XII Air Support Command (later, XII Tactical Air Command), 9 March 1943 – 5 June 1947.
Attached First Tactical Air Force [Provisional], 27 November 1944 – May 1945



Air Force

Keflavik Air Base, Iceland


Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada


Thule AB, Greenland


World War II

c. 28 May 1943 – c. 22 October 1945; c. 13 August 1946 – 5 June 1947
c. 31 July – c. 31 December 1943; 10 March 1945 – c. 15 February 1946; 20 August 1946 – 5 June 1947

World War II

Air Defense Command

Ermest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland
Goose Bay AB, Labrador
Frobisher Bay AB, Baffin Island, Northwest Territories
Thule AB, Greenland


World War II

  • 14th Liaison: 10 July 1946 – 1 May 1947
  • 47th Liaison: 4 March 1946 – 1 May 1947
  • 111th Reconnaissance: attached June – September 1943
  • 155th Photo Reconnaissance: 1 August – 24 November 1945
  • 415th Night Fighter
Attached c. 3 September – 5 December 1943
Assigned 5 December 1943 – 15 February 1946

Northeast Air Command/Air Defense Command

Attached 1 November – 20 December 1952 and 20 December 1952 – 31 January 1953
Assigned 1 February 1953 – 1 April 1957
Goose Bay AB, Labrador
Harmon AFB, Newfoundland
Thule AB, Greenland
Thule AB, Greenland
Thule AB, Greenland

Operational History

During World War II the wing moved to North Africa in February 1943 to support combat operations in North Africa with a warning and control system, and, occasionally, augmenting the operations section of the XII Air Support Command in the Tunisian campaign. During the Sicilian and Italian campaigns (1943–1944), it administered fighter and fighter-bomber support to ground forces in a wide range of operations that included cover patrols, battle-area patrols, invasion coverage, escort missions, dive bombing missions, and reconnaissance. In Italy, the 64th directed close air support operations against enemy objectives in advance of Allied troops. Its primary targets included enemy gun positions, road junctions, traffic concentrations, assembly areas, bridges, and targets of opportunity.

In August 1944 during the invasion of southern France, wing personnel, applying techniques developed in the invasion of Sicily and Italy, controlled air operations while aboard ships patrolling the assault beaches. With the landing of troops, a beachhead control unit directed aircraft to hit enemy strong points, ammunition dumps, troop concentrations, road intersections, supply lines, and communications. As Allied forces advanced northward along the Rhone valley, the wing implemented a plan to give more rapid support to the ground troops. Forward control units, equipped with the latest in air ground communications, directed sector air ground support. During the operations in France and Germany (1944–1945), the 64th continued to coordinate the close air-ground support of its fighter aircraft. After the end of hostilities in May 1945, the wing served in the occupation of Germany.

Redesignated as an Air Division in April 1952, it administered, trained, and provided air defense combat ready forces within its designated geographic area of responsibility, which included eastern Canada and later the northeastern United States. It exercised command jurisdiction over assigned units, installations, and facilities. In addition, the division and its subordinate units participated in numerous exercises until 1 July 1963.


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

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

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