87th Fighter Wing






Constituted as 87th Fighter Wing on 14 Oct 1943 and activated on 25 Oct. Moved overseas, Dec 1943-Jan 1944, and operated with Twelfth AF in the Mediterranean theater from Apr 1944 until the wing's groups were reassigned in Sep 1944. Disbanded in Italy on 1 Apr 1945.

Groups. 57th: 1944. 79th: 1944. 86th: 1944.

Stations. Mitchel Field, NY, 25 Oct-15 Dec 1943; Nouvion, Algeria, 11 Jan 1944; Caserta, Italy, Feb 1944; Bastia, Corsica, 28 Mar 1944; Vescovato, Corsica, 9 May 1944; Furiani, Corsica, 13 Jul 1944; Caserta, Italy, 22 Sep 1944; Florence, Italy, 25 Dec 1944-1 Apr 1945.

Commanders. Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 30 Oct 1943; Brig Gen Laurence C Craigle, 22 Nov 1943; Lt Col Gladwyn E Pinkston, 6 Mar 1944; Brig Gen Thomas C Darcy, 18 Apr 1944; Lt Col Theodore V Prochazka, c. 20 Sep 1944-c. 31 Mar 1945.

Campaigns. Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines.

Decorations. None.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986




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