326th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 326th Fighter Group was a training unit that served with the First Air Force from 1942 until 1944.

The group was constituted as the 326th Fighter Group on 24 June 1942 and activated on 19 August 1942. It was assigned to the First Air Force in the US North East, where it served as an operational training unit as well as providing part of the air defences of the area. The unit then changed to a replacement training unit, training individual pilots to fill gaps in combat units.

The group was disbanded on 10 April 1944 as part of a reorganisation of the training system that saw standard groups and squadrons replaced with units organised around individual training bases.




1942-1944: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt


24 June 1942 Constituted as 326th Fighter Group
19 August 1942 Activated and joined First Air Force
10 April 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Lt Col Gilbert L Meyers: c. 24 Aug 1942
Lt Col William S Steele: c. 14 Jun 1943-10 Apr 1944.

Main Bases

Mitchel Field, NY: 19 Aug 1942
Bradley Field, Conn: 1 Sep 1942
Westover Field, Mass: 1 Nov 1942
Seymour Johnson Field, NC: 13 Oct 1943-10 Apr 1944

Component Units

320th: 1942-1943
321st: 1942-1944
322nd: 1942-1944
538th: 1943-1944
539th: 1943-1944

Assigned To

August 1942-October 1943: New York Fighter Wing; I Fighter Command; First Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (8 August 2018), 326th Fighter Group (USAAF) , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/326th_Fighter_Group.html

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