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332nd Fighter Group

Group

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 332d Fighter Group on 4 Jul 1942. Activated on 13 Oct 1942. Trained with P-39 and P-40 aircraft. Moved to Italy, arriving early in Feb 1944. Began operations with Twelfth AF on 5 Feb. Used P-39’s to escort convoys, protect harbours, and fly armed reconnaissance missions. Converted to P-47’s during Apr-May and changed to P-51’s in Jun.

Operated with Fifteenth AF from May 1944 to Apr 1945, being engaged primarily in protecting bombers that struck such objectives as oil refineries, factories, airfields, and marshalling yards in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Bulgaria, and Greece. Also made strafing attacks on airdromes, railroads, highways, bridges, river traffic, troop concentrations, radar facilities, power stations, and other targets. Received a DUC for a mission on 24 Mar 1945 when the group escorted B-17’s during a raid on a tank factory at Berlin, fought the interceptors that attacked the formation, and strafed transportation facilities while flying back to the base in Italy.

Returned to the US in Oct 1945. Inactivated on 19 Oct 1945

Commanding officers
  • Benjamin Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander/Group Commander | 332nd Fighter Group
    Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., in full Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (born December 18, 1912, Washington, D.C., U.S.—died July 4, 2002, Washington, D.C.) pilot, officer, and administrator who became the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force. His...

Structure

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  • 99th Fighter Squadron

    99th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 99th was originally formed as the Army Air Force's first African American fighter squadron, then known the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The personnel received their initial flight training at Tuskegee, Alabama earning them the nickname Tuskegee Airmen....

  • 100th Fighter Squadron

    100th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama to train African-American flight cadets graduated from the Tuskegee Institute Army contract flying school. At Tuskegee, the squadron performed advanced combat flying training. As the...

  • 301st Fighter Squadron

    301st Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 301st was one of four African-American fighter squadrons to enter combat during World War II. ...

  • 302nd Fighter Squadron

    302nd Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 302d was one of four African-American fighter squadrons to enter combat during World War II. It saw combat in the European Theater of Operations and Mediterranean Theater of Operations from 17 February 1944 – 20 February 1945.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Assigned 12th Air Force February 1944
Assigned 15th Air Force May 1944
Based Ramitelli 28 May 1944 – 4 May 1945

Connections

People

  • William Accoo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 332nd Fighter Group
    William Accoo fought with distinction for the 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron during its World War II campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. For his service he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 2007 by Congressman...

  • Lee Archer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 332nd Fighter Group
    Flight leader 302nd FS 332nd FG 15th AF ...

  • Charles Bailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    Credited with two aerial victories

  • Fred Brewer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | PILOT | 332nd Fighter Group

  • Roscoe Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander | 332nd Fighter Group
    Scored two victories, including one Me262 jet. ...

  • Herbert Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    One of the original 33 "Tuskegee Airman" ...

  • Woodrow Crockett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    World War II Tuskegee Fighter Pilots from Arkansas ...

  • ALFONSA DAVIS

    Military | Captain | PILOT | 332nd Fighter Group

  • Benjamin Davis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Squadron Commander/Group Commander | 332nd Fighter Group
    Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., in full Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (born December 18, 1912, Washington, D.C., U.S.—died July 4, 2002, Washington, D.C.) pilot, officer, and administrator who became the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force. His...

  • Lawrence Dickson

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 100FS, 332FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha (Prague), Czechoslovakia, engine failure prompted bale out Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 10734. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-4478

    P-39 Airacobra
    P-39L 42-4478 301st FS, 332nd FG, 12th AF, lost on training flight from Montecorvino airbase. Cause unknown, disappeared in clouds in location of Mt Vesuvius. 24th Feb 1944. Pilot 2nd Lt Harry J Daniels KIA. MACR 2700 and MACR 4475

  • 42-75971 Ruthless Ruthie

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47D 42-75971 310th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, 12th AF. ...

  • 44-15648 Lollipoop II

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-103956

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-103762

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-11088

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-15569 Bunnie

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-103400 Hazel II

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-15144 Peggin

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 100FS, 332FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha, Yugoslavia engine failure prompted bale out pilot Capt Lawrence E Dickson Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 10734. ...

  • 42-103443

    P-51 Mustang

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Citations

Distinguished Unit Citation: 24 March 1945 - Berlin, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 12:15:29 Emily Changes to description
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Removed unit history copied from Wikipedia

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 12:14:56 Emily Changes to nicknames, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, citations and stations
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Air Force Combat Units of World War II

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 10:39:19 Tuskegee332 Changes to motto
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332nd FG Insignia

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 10:35:03 Tuskegee332 Changes to motto
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Taken from the insignia of the 332nd FG and the 477th BG

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 18:17:25 466thHistorian Changes to commanding officers associations and stations
Sources

http://acepilots.com/usaaf_tusk.html

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 00:14:35 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, nicknames, citations, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/332d_Expeditionary_Operations_Group

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