32nd Fighter Group (USAAF)

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The 32nd Fighter Group (USAAF) was a short-lived group that formed part of the defence force for the Panama Canal. The group was activated in Panama on 1 January 1942. It operated a mix of aircraft from bases in the Canal Zone between then and 1 November 1943, when the group was inactivated.




1942-1943: Boeing P-26, Curtiss P-36 Hawk, Bell P-39 Airacobra, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk


23 Nov 1940 Constituted as 32nd Pursuit Group
1 Jan 1941 Activated in Panama
May 1942 Redesignated 32nd Fighter Group
1 Nov 1943 Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Capt Roger J Browne: 1 Jan 1941
Capt James B Buck: 16 Apr 1941
Lt Col Roger J Browne: 4 Aug 1941
Lt Col William R Robertson Jr: 23 Aug 1943-unkn.

Main Bases

Rio Hato, Panama: 1 Jan 1941
France Field, CZ: 9 Dec 1941-1 Nov 1943.

Component Units

51st: 1941-1943
52nd: 1941-1943
53rd: 1941-1943

Assigned To

1941-1942: 12th Pursuit Wing; Panama Canal Zone
:1942-1943: XXVI Fighter Command; Sixth Air Force

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (15 September 2014), 32nd Fighter Group , http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/USAAF/32nd_Fighter_Group.html

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