329th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 329th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a training unit that served with the US Fourth Air Force from 1942 to 1944.

The group was constituted as the 329th Fighter Group on 24 June 1942 and activated on 10 July 1942. It was allocated to the Fourth Air Force, in the US South-West, although it spent most of the first two months of its existence based in Washington State, in Second Air Force territory. After that it was based in California for the rest of its existence.

The group was equipped with the P-38 Lightning. It was used both to train replacement pilots to fill gaps in existing units, and to train larger cadres that were used to form new groups.

The group was disbanded on 31 March 1944, when the USAAF altered the way it organised its training units, replacing numbered groups with units built around individual training bases.




1942-1944: Lockheed P-38 Lightning


24 June 1942 Constituted as 329th Fighter Group
10 July 1942 Activated and assigned to Fourth Air Force
31 March 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Maj Ernest W Keating: 12 Jul 1942
Maj Harold E Kofahl: 8 Nov 1942
Maj Leo F Dusard: 18 Dec 1942
Lt Col Paul W Blanchard: c. 14 Feb 1943
Lt Col Leo F Dusard: 11 May 1943
Lt Col John P Randolph: 26 Oct 1943-31 Mar 1944

Main Bases

Hamilton Field, Calif: 10 Jul 1942
Paine Field, Wash: 14 Jul 1942
Glendale, Calif: 11 Sep 1942
Ontario AAFld, Calif: 27 Feb-31 Mar 1944.

Component Units

330th: 1942-1944
331st: 1942-1944
332nd: 1942-1944
337th: 1942-1944

Assigned To

1943-44: Los Angeles Fighter Wing; IV Fighter Command; Fourth Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (17 August 2018), 329th Fighter Group (USAAF) , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/329th_Fighter_Group.html

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