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6th Air Division

6th Air Division
Active 1940–1941; 1942–1943; 1946–1948; 1951–1966; 1968–1969
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Equipment see "Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles" section below
Insignia
6th Air Division emblem (approved 5 October 1955)[1]

The 6th Air Division an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Thirteenth Air Force, based at Clark Air Base, Philippines. It was inactivated on 15 December 1969.

Heraldry

On a shield per chevron argent and gules, in chief, a stylized silhouetted jet aircraft, issuing from chief, nose toward base azure; in base a sphere with land areas of the first and water areas of the third, grid lines black, over a branch of olive or, between two lightning bolts argent; superimposed overall and flanking the dexter and sinister, two stylized arrows or. (Approved 5 October 1955)

History

Established as a pursuit wing in 1940, under Canal Zone as part of the defense forces of the Panama Canal

Being redesignated as an Air Division in 1951, the 6th Air Division was an intermediate command echelon of Strategic Air Command, performing, organizing, and training assigned units for sustained long–range offensive bombardment and air to air refueling operations around the world.

Inactivated by SAC with the closure of Vietnam War. Units under the division's control participated in Arc Light missions and controlled aircraft that flew weather reconnaissance missions in Southeast Asia.[1]

Inactivated in 1969 due to budget restraints.

Lineage

  • Established as the 6th Pursuit Wing on 19 October 1940
Activated on 18 December 1940
Inactivated on 7 December 1941
  • Redesignated 6th Fighter Wing on 30 May 1942
Activated on 7 June 1942
Disestablished on 13 September 1943
  • Reestablished on 5 August 1946
Activated on 25 August 1946
Inactivated on 28 July 1948
  • Redesignated 6th Air Division on 1 February 1951
Organized on 10 February 1951
Discontinued on 16 June 1952
  • Activated on 16 June 1952
Discontinued and inactivated on 2 July 1966
  • Activated on 5 July 1968
Organized on 1 August 1968
Inactivated on 15 December 1969[1]

Assignments

  • GHQ Air Force, 18 December 1940 – 7 December 1941
Apparently further assigned to: Northeast Air District, later 1st Air Force, 16 January 1941
Apparently further assigned to: I Interceptor Command, 5 June – 7 December 1941

Components

Stations

Aircraft / Missiles / Space Vehicles

See also


References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Factsheet 6 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 4, 2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

Bibliography

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External links

  • "Factsheet 6 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 10/4/2007. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
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