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7th Air Division
7th Air Division crest.jpg
7th Air Division emblem
Active 31 March 1944-3 September 1948
20 March 1951-30 June 1965
1 July 1978-1 February 1992
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 7th Air Division (7 AD) served the United States Air Force with distinction from early 1944 through early 1992, earning an outstanding unit decoration and a service streamer along the way.

This organization provided air defense of the Hawaiian Islands April 1944-September 1948.

In 1951 as part of the Strategic Air Command, the division controlled deployed bombardment and reconnaissance forces between 1951 and 1965. It participated in alerts, exercises, operational readiness inspections, evaluations, and intensive training programs to provide an advanced combat ready force. It also assumed responsibility for air base construction and improvement, which included building complexes to accommodate bombers, fighters, and special functions such as communications, weapons storage, aircraft parts, and navigational aids.

From 1978, the division was activated in Europe to provide command and control for SAC units assigned to USAFE, primarily air refueling and reconnaissance organizations. It assured that assigned units trained to conduct strategic warfare according to the Emergency War Order. It also assured that assigned units could conduct strategic reconnaissance and air refueling and function as the nucleus of a SAC advanced echelon in event of contingency operations.

The 7th AD was inactivated prior to the inactivation of Strategic Air Command in 1992.

Contents

History

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Lineage

  • Established as 7 Fighter Wing on 31 Mar 1944
Activated on 21 Apr 1944
Redesignated 7 Air Division on 15 Dec 1947
Inactivated on 1 May 1948
  • Organized on 1 May 1948
Discontinued on 3 Sep 1948
  • Activated on 20 Mar 1951
Inactivated on 16 Jun 1952
  • Organized on 16 Jun 1952
Discontinued on 30 Jun 1965
  • Activated on 1 Jul 1978
Inactivated on 1 Feb 1992

Assignments

Attached VII Fighter Command, 24 Apr-15 Aug 1944

Components

Wings

Groups

Squadrons

  • 6th Night Fighter Squadron: attached 27 Sep-11 Dec 1944; assigned 12 May 1945-1 Mar 1946; assigned 22 Apr-31 May 1946
  • 19 Surveillance: 1 Dec 1979-1 May 1983
  • 41 Photographic Reconnaissance: 18 Apr-13 Jun 1945
  • 43 Reconnaissance, Long Range, Photographic: attached 20 Sep 1945-22 Feb 1946 (further attached to 30 Bombardment Group for same period)
  • 548th Night Fighter Squadron: 16 Sep-20 Oct 1944
  • 549th Night Fighter Squadron: 20 Oct-1 Nov 1944.

Stations

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles

After activation on 1 July 1978, the division controlled aircraft such as the: KC-135 Stratotanker, B-52 Stratofortress, RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, SR-71 Blackbird, and U-2 Dragon Lady.

References

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.
  • USAF Historic Research Agency: 7th Air Division

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