Constituted as 1st Air Defense Wing on 12 Dec 1942 and activated the same day. Moved to the Mediterranean theater in Jan 1943. Redesignated 62d Fighter Wing in Jul 1943. Served with Twelfth AF until the end of the war. Inactivated in Italy on 12 Sep 1945.
Allotted to ANG (Calif) on 24 May 1946. Extended federal recognition on 14 Sep 1946. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1950.
Groups. 52d: 1943. 81st: 1943, 1943-1944. 332d: 1944. 350th: 1944-1945.
Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 12 Dec 1942-13 Jan 1943; Casablanca, French Morocco, 30 Jan 1943; Sousse, Tunisia, 14 May 1943; Palermo, Sicily, 25 Jul 1943; Naples, Italy, 20 Oct 1943; Antignano, Italy, c. 15 Sep 1944; Pomigliano, Italy, Aug-22 Sep 1945.
Commanders. Brig Gen Elwood R Quesada, 12 Dec 1942; Col John N Stone, 18 Mar 1943; Brig Gen Robert S Israel Jr, 4 Sep 1943; Col John F Wadman, 11 May 1945-unkn.
Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley.
Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986
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