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478th Fighter Group

Constituted as 478th Fighter Group on 12 Oct 1943. Activated on 1 Dec 1943. Assigned to Fourth AF. After a delay in obtaining personnel and equipment, the group began operations in Mar 1944 as a replacement training unit, using P-39 aircraft. Disbanded on 31 Mar 1944.

Reconstituted and redesignated 478th Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956. Activated on 8 Feb 1957. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

Squadrons. 18th: 1957-. 454th: 1943-1944. 544th: 1943-1944. 545th: 1943-1944. 546th: 1943-1944.

Stations. Hamilton Field, Calif, 1 Dec 1943; Santa Rosa AAFld, Calif, 12 Dec 1943; Redmond AAFld, Ore, 3 Feb-31 Mar 1944. Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 Feb 1957-.

Commanders. Col John W Weltman,; Dec 1943; Lt Col Ernest C Young, 31 Jan-31 Mar 1944. Unkn, 1957.

Campaigns. None.

Decorations. None.

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

Constituted as 478th Fighter Group on 12 Oct 1943. Activated on 1 Dec 1943. Assigned to Fourth AF. After a delay in obtaining personnel and equipment, the group began operations in Mar 1944 as a replacement training unit, using P-39 aircraft. Disbanded on 31 Mar 1944.

Reconstituted and redesignated 478th Fighter Group (Air Defense), on 11 Dec 1956. Activated on 8 Feb 1957. Assigned to Air Defense Command.

Squadrons. 18th: 1957-. 454th: 1943-1944. 544th: 1943-1944. 545th: 1943-1944. 546th: 1943-1944.

Stations. Hamilton Field, Calif, 1 Dec 1943; Santa Rosa AAFld, Calif, 12 Dec 1943; Redmond AAFld, Ore, 3 Feb-31 Mar 1944. Grand Forks AFB, ND, 1 Feb 1957-.

Commanders. Col John W Weltman,; Dec 1943; Lt Col Ernest C Young, 31 Jan-31 Mar 1944. Unkn, 1957.

Campaigns. None.

Decorations. None.

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



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