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6th Air Division
6th Air Division crest.jpg
6th Air Division emblem
Active 19 October 1940–7 December 1941
30 May 1942–13 September 1943
5 August 1946–28 July 1948
1 February 1951–2 July 1966
5 July 1968–15 December 1969
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 6th Air Division an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Thirteenth Air Force, based at Clark Air Base, Philippines. It was inactivated on on 15 December 1969.

Established as a First Air Force pursuit wing in 1940, the 6th Fighter Wing was a training organization for VIII Fighter Command in England during 1942/43 where it trained replacement pilots for fighter organizations. After the war, it served in the Canal Zone as part of the defense forces of the Panama Canal.

In the 1950s, the 6th Air Division was an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, performeing organizing and training assigned units for sustained long–range offensive bombardment and air to air refueling operations around the world.

Inactivated by SAC with the closure of Dow AFB in 1966, the unit was reactivated under Thirteenth Air Force in the Philippines as a theater transport command and control organization, supporting US forces in the Vietnam War until its inactivation in 1969 due to budget restraints.





On a shield per chevron argent and gules, in chief, a stylized silhouetted jet aircraft, issuing from chief, nose toward base azure; in base a sphere with land areas of the first and water areas of the third, grid lines black, over a branch of olive or, between two lightning bolts argent; superimposed overall and flanking the dexter and sinister, two stylized arrows or. (Approved 5 October 1955)


  • Established as 6th Pursuit Wing on 19 Oct 1940
Activated on 18 Dec 1940
Inactivated on 7 Dec 1941
  • Redesignated 6th Fighter Wing on 30 May 1942
Activated on 7 Jun 1942
Disestablished on 13 Sept 1943
  • Reestablished on 5 Aug 1946
Activated on 25 Aug 1946
Inactivated on 28 Jul 1948
  • Redesignated 6th Air Division on 1 Feb 1951
Organized on 10 Feb 1951
Discontinued on 16 Jun 1952
  • Activated on 16 Jun 1952
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 Jul 1966
  • Activated on 5 Jul 1968
Organized on 1 Aug 1968
Inactivated on 15 Dec 1969


  • GHQ Air Force, 18 Dec 1940-7 Dec 1941
Apparently further assigned to: Northeast Air District, later 1st Air Force, 16 Jan 1941
Apparently further assigned to: I Interceptor Command, 5 Jun-7 Dec 1941
Attached I Fighter Command, 7 Jun 1942-c. 5 Aug 1942



Detached 4 Sep-5 Dec 1953, 3 Nov 1955-8 Jan 1956, and 7 Jan-8 Mar 1957
Detached 11 Jun-7 Sep 1953, 5 Jan-21 Feb 1955, 23 Oct 1956-9 Jan 1957 and 9-15 Oct 1957





This US organization briefly existed as the 6th Pursuit Wing between December 1940 and December 1941. As the 6th Fighter Wing, it moved to England in August, where it trained replacement pilots for fighter organizations until September 1943. The wing served in the Canal Zone 1946–1948. After becoming an Air Division in February 1951, it experienced several inactivations and activations, but its mission remained one of organizing and training assigned units for sustained long–range offensive bombardment and air to air refueling operations around the world. It supervised numerous deployments, exercises, and operations. In the 1960s, units under the division's control participated in Arc Light missions and controlled aircraft that flew weather reconnaissance missions in Southeast Asia.

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles


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.

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