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32nd Fighter Group

Constituted as 32nd Pursuit Group on 22 Nov 1940. Activated in Panama on 1 Jan 1941. Redesignated 32nd Fighter Group in May 1942. Trained and served as part of the defense force for the Panama Canal, using P-26, P-36, P-38, P-39, and P-40 aircraft. Disbanded in the Canal Zone on 1 Nov 1943.

Reconstituted and redesignated 32nd Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956. Activated in the US on 8 Feb 1957. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

Squadrons. 51st: 1941-1943. 52d: 1941-1943. 53d: 1941-1943.

Stations. Rio Hato, Panama, 1 Jan 1941; France Field, CZ, 9 Dec 1941-1 Nov 1943. Minot AFB, ND, 8 Feb 1957-.

Commanders. Capt Roger Browne, 1 Jan 1941; Capt James B Buck, 16 Apr 1941; Lt Col Roger J Browne, 4 Aug 1941; Lt Col William R Robertson Jr, 23 Aug 1943-unkn. Maj Joe E Roberts, 1957-.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986

Constituted as 32nd Pursuit Group on 22 Nov 1940. Activated in Panama on 1 Jan 1941. Redesignated 32nd Fighter Group in May 1942. Trained and served as part of the defense force for the Panama Canal, using P-26, P-36, P-38, P-39, and P-40 aircraft. Disbanded in the Canal Zone on 1 Nov 1943.

Reconstituted and redesignated 32nd Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956. Activated in the US on 8 Feb 1957. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

Squadrons. 51st: 1941-1943. 52d: 1941-1943. 53d: 1941-1943.

Stations. Rio Hato, Panama, 1 Jan 1941; France Field, CZ, 9 Dec 1941-1 Nov 1943. Minot AFB, ND, 8 Feb 1957-.

Commanders. Capt Roger Browne, 1 Jan 1941; Capt James B Buck, 16 Apr 1941; Lt Col Roger J Browne, 4 Aug 1941; Lt Col William R Robertson Jr, 23 Aug 1943-unkn. Maj Joe E Roberts, 1957-.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986



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