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14th Air Force

The 14th AF operated primarily over Japan and Japanese held eastern China and Burma.

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 14th Air Force

Constituted as Fourteenth AF on 5 Mar 1943 and activated in China on 10 Mar. Served in combat against the Japanese, operating primarily in China, until the end of the war. Moved to the US, Dec 1945-Jan 1946. Inactivated on 6 Jan 1946.

Activated on 24 May 1946. Assigned first to Air Defense Command and later (1948) to Continental Air Command. Supervised reserve and national guard activities.

Wings. 68th Composite: 1943-1945. 69th Composite: 1943-1945. 312th Fighter: 1944-1945.

Stations. Kunming, China, 10 Mar 1943; Peishiyi, China, 7 Aug-15 Dec 1945; Ft Lawton, Wash, 5-6 Jan 1946. Orlando AB, Fla, 24 May 1946; Robins AFB, Ga, 29 Oct 1949-.

Commanders. Maj Gen Claire L Chennault, 10 Mar 1943; Maj Gen Charles B Stone III, 10 Aug-31 Dec 1945. Maj Gen Leo A Walton, 24 May 1946; Maj Gen Ralph F Stearley, 27 Jul 1948; Maj Gen Charles E Thomas Jr, 17 Jul 1950; Maj Gen George G Finch, 1 Feb 1955-.

Campaigns. India-Burma; China Defensive; China Offensive.

Decorations. None.

Insigne. On a blue disc, a winged Bengal tiger golden orange with black and white markings, below and partially covering a white star charged with a red disc. (Approved 6 Aug 1943.)

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


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