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87th Troop Carrier Group
Active 1943-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-1953
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force

The 87th Troop Carrier Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 87th Troop Carrier Wing, stationed at Atterbury Air Force Base, Indiana. It was inactivated on 1 February 1953.

During World War II, the 87th Fighter Group was a First Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt replacement training unit (RTU). In the postwar era, the 87th Fighter-Escort Group was a Air Force Reserve unit equipped with P-51 Mustangs that trained with Strategic Air Command B-29 Superfortresses. Redesignated in 1952 as the 87th Troop Carrier Group, the unit remained in the reserve as a C-47 Skytrain transport unit, being activated during the Korean War, with its equipment and personnel being assigned to active duty units in Far East Air Force. The group was inactivated as a paper unit in early 1953.





  • Constituted as 87th Fighter Group on 24 Sep 1943
Activated on 1 Oct 1943
Disbanded on 10 Apr 1944.
  • Reconstituted on 16 May 1949 and allotted to the reserve
Activated on 27 Jun 1949
Redesignated 87th Fighter-Escort Group in Mar 1950
Ordered into active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 25 Jun 1951.
  • Redesignated 87th Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve.
Activated on 15 Jun 1952
Inactivated on 1 Feb 1953.


Attached to: Philadelphia Fighter Wing, 1943 (dates undetermined)


  • 450th Figher Squadron: 1943-1944
  • 535th Fighter (later Fighter-Escort, later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1943-1944; 1949-1951; 1952-1953
  • 536th Fighter (later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1943-1944; 1952-1953
  • 537th Fighter (later Troop Carrier) Squadron: 1943-1944; 1952-1953.




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, Office of Air Force History. ISBN 978-0405121944

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