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XXII Tactical Air Command

Constituted as XII Interceptor Command on 26 Feb 1942. Activated on 5 Mar 1942. Redesignated XII Fighter Command in May 1942, and XXII Tactical Air Command in Nov 1944. Assigned to Twelfth AF in Aug 1942. Moved to England in Sep 1942 and to North Africa during Oct-Nov 1942. Served in combat in the Mediterranean theater until the end of the war. Inactivated in Italy on 4 Oct 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948.

Wings. 3d Air Defense: 1943. 62d Fighter (formerly 1st Air Defense): 1943-1945. 63d Fighter (formerly 2d Air Defense): 1943-1944. 87th Fighter: 1944-1945.

Stations. Drew Field, Fla, 5 Mar-27 Aug 1942; Wattisham, England, 12 Sep 1942; Bushey Hall, England, 17 Sep-26 Oct 1942; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 8 Nov 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 12 Nov 1942; Tebessa, Algeria, Dec 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 12 Jan 1943; Algiers, Algeria, 20 Mar 1943; Caserta, Italy, 14 Jul 1944; Florence, Italy, 15 Sep 1944; Pomigliano, Italy, Aug-4 Oct 1945.

Commanders. Maj Arch G Campbell Jr, 24 Aug-Sep 1942; Col Reuben C Moffat, 21 Sep 1942; Brig Gen Thomas W Blackburn, c. 27 Sep 1942; Col Lawrence P Hickey, c. 1 Mar 1943; Brig Gen Elwood R Quesada, c. Apr 1943; Brig Gen Gordon P Seville, 2 Oct 1943; Brig Gen Edward M Morris, 3 Jan 1944; Brig Gen Benjamin W Chidlaw, 12 Sep 1944; Brig Gen Thomas C Darcy, 6 Apr 1945; Brig Gen Robert S Israel Jr, 6 May 1945; Maj Gustav M Minton Jr, 7 Jun 1945-unkn.

Campaigns. Air Combat, EAME Theater; Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley.

Decorations. None.

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


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