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404th Air Expeditionary Group
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404th Air Expeditionary Group Emblem
Active 1943-1945; 1955-1957; 1958-1959; 2003-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Air Expeditionary
Role Combat Support
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe
Garrison/HQ Ramstein AB, Germany
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Colonel Phillip S. Fallin
Emblem of the 704th Strategic Missile Wing (1957-1958)

The 404th Air Expeditionary Group (404 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe. It is attached to Seventeenth Air Force [Air Forces Africa], stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The 404 AEG may be activated or inactivated at any time. Last activated on 1 October 2008, it currently provides intertheater airlift in support of US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) taskings since 1 Oct 2008. The 404 AEG added, in provisional status, the 459th Expeditionary Air Medical Squadron.[1]

The units history can be traced though several units beginning with the World War II 100th Fighter Wing, activated in England in late Nov 1943, and assigned to Ninth Air Force. The 100th FW controlled fighter groups in combat, Apr 1944-May 1945. During the wing's move to the European continent, its assigned fighter groups were under the operational control of the IX Tactical Air Command. The wing regained control of the 363d Fighter Group upon arrival in France. Provided air defense for the Normandy landing areas, June through Jul 1944. Regained rest of tactical groups in mid-Aug, then controlled armed reconnaissance, interdictory, and air ground support missions of its assigned fighter groups. Provided air ground support and armored column escort in support of Patton's U.S. Third Army during its drive across France, north to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945) and across the Rhine. Moved to the U.S. Aug-Sep 1945, and inactivated on 7 Nov 1945.

The 704th Strategic Missile Wing activated on 1 Jul 1957 at Vandenberg AFB, California, but was not operational until mid-Nov 1957. Trained (SM-65 Atlas, PGM-19 Jupiter, PGM-17 Thor), Nov 1957-Apr 1959. Not operational 6 Apr-1 Jul 1959. The wing then redesignated as the 404th Tactical Missile Wing on 31 July 1985, but never activated in any capacity.

In the modern era, the Air Expeditionary unit has been activated and inactivated on several occasions by USAFE as part of the Global War on Terrorism (2003–2008)





  • Established as 100 Fighter Wing on 8 Nov 1943
Activated on 24 Nov 1943
Inactivated on 7 Nov 1945
Disestablished on 15 Jun 1983
  • Reestablished, and consolidated (31 Jul 1985) with the 704 Strategic Missile Wing
Established on 20 May 1957
Activated on 1 Jul 1957
Redesignated 704 Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM) on 1 Apr 1958
Inactivated on 1 Jul 1959
  • Redesignated: 404 Tactical Missile Wing on 31 Jul 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 404 Air Expeditionary Group and converted to provisional status on 24 Mar 2003
Activated on 16 Jun 2003; Inactivated on 8 Jul 2003
Activated on 27 Aug 2003; Inactivated on 19 Sep 2003
Activated on 27 May 2005; Inactivated on 22 Jun 2005
Activated on 28 Jun 2007; Inactivated on 30 Jul 2007
Activated on 14 Mar 2008; Inactivated on 30 Apr 2008
Activated on 21 Aug 2008; Inactivated on 15 Sep 2008
Activated on 1 Oct 2008.


Under operational control of IX Fighter Command, 15 Apr-31 Jul 1944
  • First Air Force, 6 Sep-7 Nov 1945
  • Air Research and Development Command, 1 Jul 1957
Attached to Air Force Ballistic Missile Division, 1-31 Jul 1957
Attached to Third Air Force, 16 Jun-8 Jul 2003
Attached to Sixteenth Air Force, 27 Aug-19 Sep 2003
Attached to Sixteenth Air Force, 27 May-22 Jun 2005
Attached to Third Air Force [Air Forces Europe], 28 Jun-30 Jul 2007
Attached to Third Air Force [Air Forces Europe], 14 Mar-30 Apr 2008
Attached to 48th Fighter Wing, 21 Aug-15 Sep 2008
Attached to Seventeenth Air Force [Air Forces Africa], 1 Oct 2008-Present

Units assigned



  • 37 Expeditionary Airlift: 28 Jun-30 Jul 2007
  • 42 Expeditionary Airlift: 1 Oct 2008–Present
  • 336 Expeditionary Air Refueling: 21 Aug-15 Sep 2008
  • 351 Expeditionary Air Refueling: 21 Aug-15 Sep 2008
  • 492 Expeditionary Fighter: 14 Mar-7 Apr 2008
  • 493 Expeditionary Fighter: 14 Mar-7 Apr 2008
  • 576 Strategic Missile: 1 Apr 1958-1 Jul 1959 (detached 6 Apr-1 Jul 1959)
  • 644 Strategic Missile: 15 Jan-1 Jul 1959 (detached 6 Apr-1 Jul 1959)
  • 672 Strategic Missile (later, 672 Technical Training): 1 Jan-20 May 1958
  • 864 Strategic Missile (later, 864 Technical Training): 23 Feb 1958-1 Jul 1959 (detached 1 Nov 1958-1 Jul 1959)
  • 865 Strategic Missile (later, 865 Technical Training): 1 Jul 1958-1 Jul 1959 (detached 1 Nov 1958-1 Jul 1959)
  • 866 Strategic Missile: 1 Sep 1958-1 Jul 1959 (detached 1 Nov 1958-1 Jul 1959)


Known aircraft and missiles


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

  1. ^
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • 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.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • 404th Air Expeditionary Group Factsheet
  • 404th AEG gets new commander

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