323d Combat Crew Training Wing

Constituted as Boston Air Defense Wing on 6 Aug 1942 and activated on 11 Aug. Redesignated Boston Fighter Wing in Jul 1943. Defended the New England area; also trained fighter organizations and personnel. Apparently was not manned from Jul 1944 until Feb 1945. Redesignated 323d Combat Crew Training Wing. Trained very heavy bombardment personnel from Mar until Aug 1945. Apparently had no personnel assigned after Aug. Inactivated on 8 Apr 1946.

Redesignated 323d Troop Carrier Wing and allotted to the reserve. Activated on 1 Aug 1947. Redesignated 323d Air Division (Troop Carrier) in Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.

Redesignated 323d Air Division. Activated on 1 Jul 1958. Assigned to Military Air Transport Service.

Groups. 58th Fighter: 1943. 79th Fighter: 1942. 325th Fighter: 1942-1943. 359th Fighter: 1943. 434th Troop Carrier: 1947-1949. 436th Troop Carrier: 1947-1948. (Other groups assigned for short periods for operations or training, 1942-1944.)

Stations. Boston, Mass, 11 Aug 1942; MacDill Field, Fla, Feb 1945-8 Apr 1946. Stout Field, Ind, 1 Aug 1947-27 Jun 1949. Travis AFB, Calif, 1 Jul 1958-.

Commanders. Col Minthorne W Reed, 11 Aug 1942; Col Glenn O Barcus, 25 Mar 1943; Col Laurence C Craigle, 6 Apr 1943; Lt Col Bingham T Kleine, 11 Jun 1943; Col Louis M Merrick, 22 Jul 1943; Lt Col J Marshall Booker, 29 Apr-c. 31 Jul 1944; Col Howard Moore, 22 Feb 1945; Col Frank Allen, 29 May 1945-unkn. Unkn, 1958-.

Campaigns. American Theater.

Decorations. None.

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

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