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81st Fighter Group

Group

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 81st Pursuit Group (Interceptor) on 13 January 1942. Activated on 9 Feb 1942. Redesignated 81st Fighter Group in May 1942. Trained with P-39's. Moved overseas, Oct 1942- Feb 1943, the ground echelon arriving in French Morocco with the force that invaded North Africa on 8 Nov, and the air echelon, which had trained for a time in England, arriving in North Africa between late Dec 1942 and early Feb 1943. Began combat with Twelfth Air Force in Jan 1943. Supported ground operations during the Allied drive against Axis forces in Tunisia. Patrolled the coast of Africa and protected Allied shipping in the Mediterranean Sea, Apr-Jul 1943. Provided cover for the convoys that landed troops on Pantelleria on 11 Jun and on Sicily on 10 Jul 1943. Supported the landings at Anzio on 22 Jan 1944 and flew patrols in that area for a short time.

Moved to India, Feb-Mar 1944, and began training with P-40 and P-47 aircraft. Moved to China in May and became part of Fourteenth AF. Continued training and on occasion flew patrol and escort missions before returning to full-time combat duty in Jan 1945. Attacked enemy airfields and installations, flew escort missions, and aided the operations of Chinese ground forces by attacking troop concentrations, ammunition dumps, lines of communications, and other targets to hinder Japanese efforts to move men and materiel to the front. Inactivated in China on 27 Dec 1945.

Commanding officers
  • Kenneth Wade

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Commander - Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

Structure

Part of
  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 47th Bomb Wing
  • 62nd Fighter Wing
Encompassing
  • 91st Fighter Squadron

    91st Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was activated in early 1942 under III Fighter Command in North Carolina. Initially trained with P-39 Airacobras, re-equipped with P-38 Lightnings. ...

  • 92nd Fighter Squadron

    92nd Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was activated in early 1942[3] under III Fighter Command in North Carolina. Initially trained with Bell P-39 Airacobras, re-equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. ...

  • 93rd Fighter Squadron

    93rd Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The squadron was activated in early 1942[1] under III Fighter Command in North Carolina. It trained initially with Bell P-39 Airacobras, it was then re-equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings.[1] ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Mediouna 5 January 1943 – 21 January 1943
Based Thelepte 22 January 1943 – 17 February 1943
Based Youks-les-Bains 22 February 1943 – 1 March 1943
Based Thelepte 1 March 1943 – 3 April 1943
Based Montecorvino Airfield 1 February 1944 – 2 March 1944
Assigned 14th Air Force 2 March 1944

Connections

People

  • Ralph Fulton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 81st Fighter Group

  • Kenneth Wade

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Commander - Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2021 09:50:14 Emily Changes to motto, insignia, us air force combat units of world war ii description, description and stations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/81st_Fighter-Bomber_Group

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