419th Troop Carrier Group

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The 419th Troop Carrier Group (USAAF) ran transport terminals that helped to organise the activities of other transport units.

The group was activated on Guam on 31 January 1945, but only as a headquarters. During the Second World War it never had any squadrons attached, or any aircraft of its own. Instead the group had detachments at Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Anguar (this detachment moved to Iwo Jima in March).

Each of these detachments operated a transport terminal, organising the movement of cargo and personnel through these key locations. The group thus played a key part in the efficient operation of the vast transport network, despite its lack of aircraft.

The group was inactivated in Guam on 15 February 1946. It was re-activated in 1947 in the reserve, this time with squadrons attached.






1 Dec 1944 Constituted as 419th Troop Carrier Group
31 Jan 1945 Activated on Guam
15 Feb 1946 Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Capt Vernon C Dang: 1 Feb 1945
Maj Victor C Swearingen: 5 Mar 1945
Col Frank H Mears: 10 May 1945
Lt Col Victor C Swearingen: 6 Aug 1945
Maj John B Wakefield Jr: 19 Aug 1945
Capt Vernon C Dang: 10 Nov 1945
Capt John L Boggs, 21 Nov 1945-unkn

Main Bases

Guam: 31 Jan 1945-15 Feb 1946

Component Units

None in this period

Assigned To

1945: Seventh Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 July 2015), 419th Troop Carrier Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/419th_Troop_Carrier_Group.html

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