332nd EXPEDITIONARY OPERATIONS GROUP – DESERT

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332nd EXPEDITIONARY OPERATIONS GROUP (ACC)

Lineage. Established as 332nd Fighter Group on 4 Jul 1942. Activated on 13 Oct 1942. Inactivated on 19 Oct 1945. Activated on 1 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1949. Redesignated 332nd Air Expeditionary Group, and converted to provisional status, on 19 Nov 1998. Activated on 1 Dec 1998. Redesignated 332d Expeditionary Operations Group on 12 Aug 2002-.

Assignments. Third Air Force, 13 Oct 1942; First Air Force, 23 Jul 1943; Twelfth Air Force, c. 27 Jan 1944; XII Air Force Training and Replacement Command (Provisional), 3 Feb 1944; XII Fighter Command, 10 Feb 1944; 62nd Fighter Wing, 10 Feb 1944; Fifteenth Air Force, 22 May 1944; 306th Fighter Wing, 22 May 1944; 305th Bombardment Wing, 12 Jun-Sep 1945; unkn, Sep-19 Oct 1945. Ninth Air Force, 1 Jul 1947; 332nd Fighter Wing, 15 Aug 1947-1 Jul 1949. 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southern Watch, 1 Dec 1998-.

Components. Squadrons. 9th Expeditionary Fighter: 16-28 Dec 1998. 18th Expeditionary Fighter: 1 Dec 1998-2 Mar 1999. 34th Expeditionary Fighter: 1 Dec 1998-2 Mar 1999. 55th Expeditionary Fighter: 19 Jan-4 May 1999. 68th Expeditionary Fighter: 3 Mar-23 Apr 1999. 69th Expeditionary Fighter: 23 Apr-1 Oct 1999. 70th Expeditionary Fighter: 4 May-1 Oct 1999. 99th Fighter: 1 May 1944-22 Jun 1945 (detached 1 May-6 Jun and 11-30 Jun 1944); 1 Jul 1947-1 Jul 1949. 100th Fighter: 13 Oct 1942-19 Oct 1945; 1 Jul 1947-1 Jul 1949. 301st Fighter: 13 Oct 1942-19 Oct 1945; 1 Jul 1947-1 Jul 1949. 302nd Fighter: 13 Oct 1942-6 Mar 1945. 332nd Expeditionary Rescue: 1 Dec 1998-. 355th Expeditionary Fighter: 1-21 Dec 1998. 391st Expeditionary Fighter: 19 Jan-9 Mar 1999. 522nd Expeditionary Fighter: 15 Dec 1998-8 Feb 1999.

Stations. Tuskegee, AL, 13 Oct 1942; Selfridge Field, MI, 29 Mar 1943; Oscoda, MI, 12 Apr 1943; Selfridge Field, MI, 9 Jul-22 Dec 1943; Montecorvino, Italy, 8 Feb 1944; Capodichino, Italy, 15 Apr 1944; Ramitelli Airfield, Italy, 28 May 1944; Cattolica, Italy, c. 4 May 1945; Lucera, Italy, c. 18 Jul-Sep 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 17-19 Oct 1945. Lockbourne AAB (later, AFB), OH, 1 Jul 1947-1 Jul 1949. Al Jaber, Kuwait, 1 Dec 1998-. Aircraft. P-40, 1943-1944; P-39, 1943-1944; P-47, 1944; P-51, 1944-1945. P(later F)-47, 1947-1949.

Operations. Only all-African-American fighter group in World War II, also known informally as “The Tuskegee Airman.” Trained for combat at Tuskegee, Alabama and bases in Michigan with P-39 and P-40 aircraft. Moved to Italy, January-early February 1944. Began combat with Twelfth Air Force on 5 February. Used P-39s to escort convoys, protect harbors, and fly armed reconnaissance missions. Converted to P-47s during April-May 1944 and to P-51s in June. Operated with Fifteenth Air Force from May 1944 to April 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 March 1945 when the group escorted B-17s 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 U.S. in October and inactivated on 19 Oct 1945. Activated again in July 1947 as a part of Tactical Air Command (TAC). Trained with P(later F)-47s, ferried aircraft, and took part in TAC exercises. Inactivated two years later on 1 July 1949.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. Campaign Streamers. World War II: Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 24 Mar 1945.

Emblem. Approved on 15 Jan 1943.

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Weight 0.0000 kg
Dimensions 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00 cm