327th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 327th Fighter Group was a training group that served with the First Air Force in the US from 1942 until 1944.

The group was constituted on 24 June 1942 and activated on 25 August 1942. It joined the First Air Force where it was used as an operational training unit for the P-40 and part of the air defences of the north-east.

In February 1943 the P-40s were replaced with P-47s. In 1944 the group began to work as a replacement training unit, training individual pilots to fill gaps in existing units.

The group was disbanded on 10 April 1944 as the USAAF changed its training system from one based on standard units to one based on units organised around individual training bases.





1943-Feb 1943: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Feb 1943-April 1944: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt


24 June 1942 Constituted as 327th Fighter Group
25 August 1942 Activated and joined First Air Force
10 April 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Col Nelson P Jackson: unkn
Lt Col Frederick J Nelander: unkn

Main Bases

Mitchal Field, NY: 25 Aug 1942
Philadelphia Mun Aprt, Pa: 27 Aug 1942
Richmond AAB, Va: c. 22 Sept 1942-10 Apr 1944

Component Units

323rd: 1942-1944
324th: 1942-1944
325th: 1942-1944
443rd: 1943-1944

Assigned To

August-September 1942: Philadephia Fighter Wing; I Fighter Command; First Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (8 August 2018), 327th Fighter Group (USAAF) , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/327th_Fighter_Group.html

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