407th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 407th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a home based training unit that also saw limited active service in Alaska.

The group was activated as the 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) on 28 March 1943 and joined the Second Air Force, in the US North-West.

In July-August 1943 the air echelon, equipped with the Douglas A-24 Banshee (the Air Force version of the SBD Dauntless), was posted to Alaska, where it took part in the campaign in the Aleutians.

In August 1943 the group was redesignated as the 407th Fighter-Bomber Group.

In November 1943 the group was transferred to the Third Air Force in the US South-East. Its official group HQ had been in Florida during the period in Alaska, despite the allocation to the Second Air Force.

In its new location the group was used as a replacement training unit, flying a mix of aircraft including the fighter and attack versions of the Mustang and the P-47 Thunderbolt.

The group was disbanded on 1 April 1944.




1943: Douglas A-24 Banshee (SBD Dauntless )
1943-1944: North American A-36 Mustang, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, North American P-51 Mustang


23 March 1943 Constituted as 407th Bombardment Group (Dive)
28 March 1943 Activated with Second Air Force
July-August 1943 Detachment to Alaska
August 1943 Redesignated 407th Fighter-Bomber Group
November 1943 To Third Air Force
1 April 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

1st Lt William E Garland: 28 Mar 1943
Lt Col Mark E Hubbard: 3 Jun 1943
Lt Col Carroll W McColpin: 8 Sep 1943
Maj Pat M DeBerry: 18 Jan 1944
Maj T W Rivers: 30 Mar-1 Apr 1944.

Main Bases

Drew Field, Fla: 28 Mar 1943
Lakeland AAFld, Fla: 2 Oct 1943
Galveston AAFld, Tex: 9 Nov 1943-1 Apr 1944

Component Units

495th: 1944
515th (632nd): 1943-1944
516th (633rd): 1943-1944
517th (634th): 1943-1944
635th: 1943

Assigned To

1943-November 1943: Second Air Force
1943-44: 72nd Fighter Wing (training organisation) (Third Air Force)

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (3 July 2018), 407th Fighter Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/407th_Fighter_Group.html

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