37th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 37th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a fighter unit that served as part of the defense force of the Panama Canal from 1940 until 1943. The group was activated in the Canal Zone on 1 February 1940 and equipped with the Boeing P-26. It later converted to the P-40 Warhawk, which it used until it was disbanded on 1 November 1943.




Boeing P-26 followed by Curtiss P-40 Warhawk


22 December 1939 Constituted as 37th Pursuit Group
1 Feb 1940 Activated in Panama Canal Zone
May 1942 Redesignated 37th Fighter Group
1 Nov 1943 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Capt Russell E Randall: 1 Feb 1940
Maj Milo N Clark: 27 May 1940
Lt Col Morley F Slaght: 1942
Maj Ernest H Beverly: 2 Sep 1942-unknown

Main Bases

Albrook Field, CZ: 1 Feb 1940
Howard Field, CZ: 30 Sep- 1 Nov 1943.

Component Units

28th: 1940-1943
30th: 1940-1943
31st: 1940-1943

Assigned To

1940: IX Bomber Command
1940-42: 12th Pursuit Wing; Panama Canal Zone
1943: XXVI Fighter Command; Sixth Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 October 2014), 37th Fighter Group, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/37th_Fighter_Group.html

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