87th Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 87th Fighter Group was a short lived replacement training unit for P-47s.

The group was constituted as the 87th Fighter Group on 24 September 1943 and activated on 1 October 1943. It was part of the First Air Force, in the American north-east, and was used to train replacement pilots for P-47 units.

The group was disbanded on 10 April 1944, as part of a wider restructuring of training that saw the existing training groups and squadrons disbanded and replaced by Army Air Forces Base Units.




1943-1944: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt


24 September 1943 Constituted as 87th Fighter Group
1 October 1943 Activated with FIrst Air Force
10 April 1944 Disbanded

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Lt Col Robert N Maupin: October 1943-1944

Main Bases

Richmond AAB, Va: 1 Oct 1943
Camp Springs AAFld, Md: 21 Jan- 10 Apr 1944.

Component Units

450th: 1943-1944
535th: 1943-1944
536th: 1943-1944
537th: 1943-1944

Assigned To

1943: Philadephia Fighter Wing; I Fighter Command; First Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 July 201), 87th Fighter Group (USAAF) , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/87th_Fighter_Group.html

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