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85th Fighter Group
Active 1942-1944
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force

The 85th Fighter Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the Third Air Force, being stationed at Waycross Army Airfield, Georgia. It was inactivated on 1 May 1944.

Formed during World War II as a V-72 Vengeance then converted to an A-24 Dauntless dive-bomber unit. Participated in maneuvers in California during fall and winter of 1942-1943, then in Kentucky in April 1943. Never deployed to an overseas combat command, converted into a replacement training unit (RTU). Disbanded on 1 May 1944.





  • Constituted as 85th Bombardment Group (Light) on 13 Jan 1942
Activated on 10 Feb 1942
Redesignated: 85th Bombardment Group (Dive) in Jul 1942
Redesignated: 85th Fighter-Bomber Group in Aug 1943
Disbanded on 1 May 1944



  • 499th (formerly 305th) Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944
  • 500th (formerly 306th) Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944
  • 501st (formerly 307th) Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944
  • 502nd (formerly 308th) Bombardment Squadron: 1942-1944.



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.

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