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I Fighter Command

Constituted as 1 Interceptor Command Stations. Activated on 5 Jun 1941. Assigned to First AF. Redesignated I Fighter Command in May 1942. Provided air defense for the east coast of the US (until Aug 1944); trained fighter personnel and organizations. Inactivated on 21 Mar 1946. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.

Wings. Boston Fighter: 1942-1944. New York Fighter: 1942-1944. Norfolk Fighter: 1942-1944. Philadelphia Fighter: 1942-1944.

Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 5 Jun 1941; New York, NY, 27 Dec 1941. Mitchel Field, NY, 9 Jun 1942-21 Mar 1946.

Commanders. Brig Gen John C McDonnell, Jun 1941; Brig Gen John K Cannon, Mar-c. Sep 1942; Col Elwood R Quesada, c. 29 Sep 1942; Brig Gen Willis R Taylor, c. 25 Nov 1942; Brig Gen Glenn O Barcus, Apr 1943-c. 14 Apr 1944; Brig Gen John R Hawkins, c. 26 May 1944-unkn.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. On a geometrical figure formed by an octagon with invected sides azure, border gold, a pile argent debruised at base point by a mullet of the last and surmounted by a stylized falcon grasping two lightning bolts in claws, diving bendwise and emitting speed lines, all or. (Approved 11 Jun 1943.)

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


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