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AIR DEPOT GROUPS



NOTE:  Detailed lineage information for Air Base Communications, Airways Detachment, Medical, Ordnance, Quartermaster, and Signal units is located on those units' pages.


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AIR DEPOT GROUPS

AIR DEPOTS

Source:  Mr. Bernie Shearon

Air Depot Group inactivation and disbandment dates are from DAF/MPM Ltr 575q, 27 Sep 84 -- for the 80 Air Depot Wg DAF/MPM Ltr 498q, 23 Jun 83. (In the 1983/1984 time frame USAF disbanded a huge amount of types of units that had not been active for some time, brought up to date the designations of others and redesignated and consolidated mostly flying units, but some support units, too. Within 10 years, some of these actions were reversed. For example, all the old Maintenance & Supply Groups were disbanded. When the Air Force adopted the Objective Wing structure in 1991, many of these were reconstituted as Logistics Groups (today Maintenance Groups).

Air Depot Group activation dates extracted from Air Service Command historical reports reviewed in the early 80's at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center historian's office and syncronised with dates contained in Mueller ed., Air Force Bases, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States GPO 1989.

Organizational information concerning reserve units generally extracted from Continental Air Command annual histories reviewed in the early 80's at the Air Force Reserve historian's office.


NOTE:  The book ("Tactical Services in the Army Air Forces" by John M. Coleman, Columbia University Press, 1950) states that in 1943, overseas commands indicated a need for more repair squadrons and fewer supply squadrons. From 1 to 80 depot groups started with their like numbered supply & repair squadrons, but that is not necessarily true for squadrons numbered 81-336 (repair) or 81-331 (supply). Also a large number of depot groups numbered under 80 were disbanded in 1943, but their repair squadrons were not always disbanded with them.

Once they got overseas, depot units (including ASWAAF units) tended to get reassigned directly to depots, as well, or to the "main" depot group assigned to the depot. The plan (by AAF and Air Service Command) was one Service Group for every 2 combat groups and one Air Depot Group for every 2 Service Groups, but overseas commanders didn't necessarily use depot groups in this manner.

Other Sources:  Background on CBI Air Service Command (Craven & Cate)

Source:  "Army Air Forces in WWII", Volume 6, Office of Air Force History (Wesley Craven & James Cate, editors)

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Assam Air Depot - Chabua, India


(Ex-CBI Roundup, April 1980 Issue)

Source:  Air Force History Index

On 1 Mar 45 the Assam Air Depot was designated as a subordinate command of the Northern Air Service Area Command and the 48 Air Depot Group was assigned to the Assam Air Depot.


Photos courtesy of Mr. Derek Stewart

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48th Air Depot Group

Source:

Mr. Mark Boland

Lineage:  48th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Duncan Field, TX per AG 320.2, 31 Jan 42; activated 13 Mar 42; Stationed at Duncan Field (combined with Kelly Field, 2 Mar 43) 13 Mar 42-15 Jun 43; on 1 Mar 45 the Assam Air Depot was designated as a subordinate command of the Northern Air Service Area Command and the 48 Air Depot Group was assigned to the Assam Air Depot. Inactivated 9 Apr 46; disbanded 27 Sep 84.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Chabua, India
  • 4th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 26th Depot Supply Squadron (transferred from 26th ADG c. late 1944)
    • Organized 20 Jan 42, Brookley Field, Mobile, AL
    • Initial overseas station, Deversoir, Egypt Nov 42
    • Change of station to Chabua, Assam, India (Hazelbank tea plantation), 18 Mar 44
    • Relocated to Panagarh, India, Nov 45
    • Inactivated 28 Mar 46

  • 48th Depot Repair Squadron
  • 48th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Inactivated 14 Mar 46, Bengal Air Depot, India

  • 99th Depot Supply Squadron
  • 607th Materiel Squadron
    • 607 Materiel Squadron activated 24 Jun 44 at San Antonio, TX
    • Attached to 48 ADG by 31 Mar 45
    • Redesignated 607 Air Materiel Squadron 1 Apr 45
    • Disbanded 8 Oct 48

  • 884th Signal Co. (Depot, Avn) (transferred from 14th ADG by 31 Mar 45)
  • 886th Signal Co. (Depot, Avn)  (See CBI Unit Histories)
  • 1894th Ordnance Company
  • 1967th Ordnance Depot Company
  • 2010th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2043d Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2259th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2466th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 3247th Ordnance Maintenance Company

Source:  Mr. Herbert A. Holzmann - 99th DSS, 48th ADG

An insight into the 99th Depot Supply Squadron, 48th Air Depot Group, at Chabua, in the Upper Assam Valley of India. Our early beginnings originated from a group of U. S. Army Air Corps unassigned personnel, of various supply specialties, assembled and dispatched from the Overseas Replacement Depot at Jefferson Barracks, "JB", St. Louis, MO. Some were fresh out of technical schools.

After several weeks of physical and field training at "JB" our group arrived by train at Camp Anza, in the desert of California. A short time later, our group, joining others, boarded the USS Uruguay, a converted cruise ship, at Long Beach, CA.

In the early morning of 3 August 1943 the ship with 5000 aboard set sail, destination unknown to us at the time. With port calls at Hobart, Tasmania and Fremantle, Australia, the USS Uruguay docked in Bombay, India on 10 September 1943. We traveled from Bombay, after a short time in a British Camp, by Indian narrow gage train to the 3d Air Depot Group (Air Service Command), in Agra, India.

At the 3d Air Depot Group, we were organized into a Supply Squadron (Provisional). We were provided theater "On the Job Training" by 3d Depot Supply Squadron personnel. After several weeks at the 3d Air Depot Group we departed, with a few 3d Depot Supply Squadron personnel joining our squadron, for our final destination, Chabua, India. Our journey to the Upper Assam Valley took us by Indian narrow gage train, river boat on the Bramahputra River and again by narrow gage train.

On arrival, we were attached to the 51st Air Service Group, for a short time, whose headquarters and an airfield were physically located near the village of Mohanbari. Our encampment was located not far away, near the village of Moolkbari. We initially worked with the personnel of the 51st Supply Squadron until arrival of the 48th Air Depot Group Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Chabua, India. At this point, the Assam Air Depot (Air Service Command) was activated with our squadron becoming the 99th Depot Supply Squadron and assigned to the 48th Air Depot Group, in early 1944. The majority of the Assam Air Depot personnel were assigned to the 99th Depot Supply Squadron, complemented by personnel assigned to the 48th Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. The ultimate physical location of the Assam Air Depot was near the Air Transport Command (ATC) airfield at Chabua, India.

The Assam Air Depot was only a depot supply facility, as it did not have a depot level maintenance or repair capability assigned. The depot supplied aircraft parts and supplies to U.S. Army Air Corps units in China, Burma, and the Upper Assam Valley of India.

After V-J Day, the majority of members of the 48th Air Depot Group, including the 99th Depot Supply Squadron, returned to the USA on the point system. I arrived in the good old USA on New Year's Day of 1946 on the USS General Ballou. The 48th Air Depot Group, was inactivated in April 1946 as indicated elsewhere in Part III herein.


99th Depot Supply Sq., 48th Air Depot Gp. - Mooklbari, India (1944)


Original Assam Air Depot Staff Office - Mooklbari, India (1944)
(TSgt Herb Holzmann, right)


Our eventual higher ground GI tents - Mooklbari, India (1944)


New Assam Air Depot Staff Office near ATC Air Field - Chabua, India (1945)
(Seated L-R: Lt. Sands, MSgt Bowman, Maj. Kelly - Depot Supply Officer, Assam Air Depot,
TSgt Herb Holzmann, 5th from left, top row.)

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Bengal Air Depot - Titagarh
(previously: 5317th Air Depot Hq (Prov) (4 Dec 43))

  • Hq, Bengal Air Depot
  • Engineer Supply Detachment
  • 48th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 333d Airdrome Squadron
  • 411th Air Service Squadron
    • 411 Service Squadron (Training) Charleston Army Air Field, SC 1 Sep 43 (probably activated earlier in 1943) to 29 Mar 44. Transferred to Air Service Command Training Center, Fresno, CA on 29 Mar 44. Reorganized and redesignated 411 Service Squadron on 13 Apr 44. Redesignated 411 Air Service Squadron on 23 Sep 44. At Barrackpore at least from Feb to Sep 45. Inactivated 26 Feb 46. Disbanded 8 Oct 48. Reconstituted 31 Sep 85 as 411th Tactical Missile Maintenance Sq (not active).
  • 923d Signal Co. (Depot, Avn)

Source:  Army Air Forces in WWII Series, Volume Five  (See reference in Credits & References)

"In the Calcutta area, the 28th, 47th, and 83d Air Depot Groups, all operating within a few miles of each other and collectively known as the Bengal Air Depot, were provided with a supervising headquarters on 4 December 1943, designated the 5317th Air Depot Headquarters (Provisional)."

"Served as the main center of stockage."


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28th Air Depot Group

Source:

Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage and Honors History of the 428 Air Base Group (USAFE/HO)

Lineage:  28th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Brookley Field, AL per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42; activated 20 Jan 42; Moved to Stinson Field, San Antonio, TX, 4 Jul 42. Arrived at permanent overseas station 26 Sep 43. Inactivated 13 Mar 46. Redesignated 28 Air Depot on 11 Mar 1947. Activated in the reserves on 13 Jul 48 at Bedford AFB, MA and assigned to the XIX Air Service Command, later assigned to the XVI Air Service Command. Inactivated 27 Jun 49. Disbanded 27 Sep 84. Reconstituted, and redesignated 428 Air Base Group, on 22 Mar 2005. Activated on 18 Apr 2005.

Assignments:  Air Service Command, 20 Jan 1942; San Antonio Air Service Command, 4 Jul 1942; China-Burma-India (later, India-Burma) Air Service Command, 10 Sep 1943; India-Burma Theater, 17 Oct 1945-13 Mar 1946. First Air Force, 13 Jul 1948-27 Jun 1949. 38 Combat Support Wing, 18 Apr 2005-.

Stations:  Brookley Field, AL, 20 Jan 1942; Stinson Field, TX, 4 Jul 1942-11 Jul 1943; Barrackpore, India, 26 Sep 1943-13 Mar 1946. Hanscom Aprt, MA, 13 Jul 1948-27 Jun 1949. Stuttgart Vaihingen, Germany, 18 Apr 2005-.

Service Streamers:  World War II American Theater; World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Campaign Streamers:  None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers:  None.

Decorations:  None.

Emblem:  Group may design and on approval use its unique emblem, in accordance with AFI 84-105, Paragraph 3.3.4.1.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 23 May 2005.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Barrackpore, India
  • ?? Depot Repair Squadron
  • 82nd Depot Supply Squadron (later attached to 3 ADG from 82 ADG; reassigned to 28 ADG)
  • 75th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 428th Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 471st Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 893d Signal Company
  • 903d Signal Company  (See CBI Unit Histories)
  • 1086th Signal Company
  • 1212th Military Police Company (Avn)
  • 1715th Ordnance Meduim Maintenance Company (Avn)
  • 1953d Ordnance Depot Company
  • 2005th Ordnance Maintanence Company
  • 2085th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon
  • 2466th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2480th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)

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47th Air Depot Group  (See CBI Unit Histories)


From a unit menu.
Unit insignia designed by the Disney studios.
Courtesy of Mr. David Lesjak
For more on this insignia, see Mr. Lesjak's site:
Disney - Toons At War 47th Air Depot Group insignia (part 1) and
Disney - Toons At War 47th Air Depot Group insignia (part 2)

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland

Lineage:  47th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Duncan Field, TX per AG 320.2, 31 Jan 42; activated 13 Mar 42; Stationed at Duncan Field, 13 Mar 42-19 May 42; San Bernardino AAF, CA (later Norton AFB), 19 May 42-19 Aug 43; inactivated 6 Apr 46; disbanded 27 Sep 84.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Panagarh, India
  • 14th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Activated 28 Jan 42 at Duncan Fld, San Antonio, TX
    • Moved to Orlando, FL c. Jan 44
    • Moved back to Kelly Fld in c. Mar 44
    • Transferred from 14 ADG to 47th ADG and moved to Panagarh 14 Mar 45
    • After V-J Day unit reassigned to 14 ADG and moved to Shanghai, arriving 9 Nov 45
    • Inactivated 6 Apr 46

  • 47th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Inactivated 24 Feb 46

  • 47th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Constituted 31 Jan 42
    • Activated 13 Mar 42 at Duncan Field, TX
    • San Bernardino AAF, CA 19 May 42-18 Aug 43
    • Unknown 18 Aug-18 Nov 43
    • Relocated 18 Nov 43, Calcutta, India
    • Inactivated 16 Mar 46

  • 76th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 447th Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 599th Engineering Squadron (ASG) (attached from 383d ASG)
  • 884th Signal Company (Depot, Avn) (attached from 14th ADG)
  • 916th Signal Company (Depot, Avn)
  • 1935th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)


Source:  Mr. Henry Gates, 14th DRS:

"Our organization, the 14th Air Depot Group was shipped to India in early 1945, and the main part of the group was stationed at the Bengal Air Depot, just outside Calcutta, but the Repair Squadron and the Signal company were placed on detached service to the 47th Air Depot Group at Panagarh, 100 miles or so northwest of Calcutta, to supply additional repair manpower to that group, which was a major processing facility in Eastern India. New aircraft would be shipped by sea into Calcutta, and then floated up the river on barges to a landing, where they could be easily moved a few short miles to our base. We would then reassemble them, check them out, test fly them, and then deliver them to the base at Ondal, which was the distribution center for that part of the theater. The Bengal Air Depot was mainly involved in the warehousing of aircraft parts and supplies that were shipped to all of the various bases in the theater as needed to maintain the aircraft on those bases. If an aircraft suffered major damage or wear and tear in normal use such that the local organizations were not staffed and trained to perform the maintenance, then it would be flown to a facility such as Ondal, where it would be exchanged for another that was either brand new, or had been already completely overhauled at a facility such as ours, and then turned over to Ondal for reassignment to another organization.

...In those days, I spent most of my time flying supplies and personnel around the theater... just a kind of sophisticated taxi driver, you might say! When I wasn't doing that, I would be delivering planes to Ondal as fast as our repair facilities could get them ready. I did make a number flights to Calcutta to transport personnel back and forth who had business at headquarters, but I was rarely involved in more than that, and usually never did more than drop them off at the nearest airport and then return to my home base. I made a number of flights to Agra and to New Delhi, which I really enjoyed, but mostly to Calcutta."

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83d Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  Organized 30 Apr 43 at Gura, (Eritera) Ethiopia per Paragraph 1, General Order 37, Headquarters, 9 Air Force, dated 2 May 43. Began movement to Calcutta, India 18 Nov 43. Assigned to the 5317th Air Depot Hq (P) (later renamed Bengal Air Depot) from Dec 43. Stationed at Gara, Titagarh, and Karachi. Inactivated on 19 Feb 46. Disbanded 27 Sep 84.

  • Hq and Hq Sq
  • 9th Engine Overhaul Sq  (disbanded 8 Oct 48)
  • 25th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 47th Depot Supply Squadron
  • 48th Depot Supply Squadron
  • 320th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Inactivated 1 Feb 46

  • 449th Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 1961st Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)

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Central India Air Depot - Agra, India

Supply point for Curtiss aircraft.



3d Air Depot Group  (See CBI Unit Histories)

Source:  Military.com, Mr. Charles Aresta

Lineage:  Constituted 28 March 1941 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 3d Air Depot Group and activated 1 May 1941 at Duncan Field, San Antonio, Texas through 10 March 1942. Departed the North Charleston Port of Embarkation on 19 March 1942 and arrived in Karachi, India on 15 May 1942. Originally stationed at the New Malir Cantonment, Karachi. Assigned to the Tenth Air Force and moved to Agra, India on 25 June 1942. Inactivated 6 April 1946 at Agra. Transferred to the Department of the Air Force per the National Security Act of 26 July 1947. Disbanded 27 Sep 84.

Squadrons:  3d Depot Repair Squadron, 1941-1946; 3d Air Depot Supply Squadron, 1941-1946; 26th Depot Repair Squadron, 1941-1946; 82d Depot Repair Squadron, 1944-1946.

Campaigns:  Pacific Theater without inscription.

Decorations:  None.

Emblem:  Coat Of Arms Shield: Per fess nebuly or and azure, three billets in fess counterchanged. Crest: On a wreath of the colors or and azure a representation of the Taj Mahal argent. Motto: That they shall fly again. Symbolism: The shield is gold and blue, the color of the Army Air Corps. The nebuly or horizontal division line is the heraldic symbol for clouds. The three billets are symbolic of the numerical designation of the organization. The crest refers to the service of the unit at Agra, India during World War-II.



Source:

Ex-CBI Roundup
July 1997 Issue
Mr. Walt Neidert

The Third Air Depot Group was formed at Duncan Field, Texas. March 1941. It was the first Air Depot Group to be assigned overseas. We arrived in Agra, India, in May 1942. Fifty men were assigned to the STEEL GANG who immediately started erecting 14 Butler buildings, 40' x 80', to be used for shops and warehouse buildings. Two HANGARS were constructed, all by December 1942. The temperature averaged 130 degrees during the eight-month period. According to the records of the Air Depot Groups at Maxwell A.F.B. Historical Library, the Third Air Depot Group was the only ADG. who had to erect their own buildings in order to perform their mission.

Members of the Third Repair Sqdn who were responsible for the ALLISON IN-LINE Engine Overhaul were sent to Bangalore, India, which formed the nucleus of the 84th Air Depot Group there.



  • 3d Depot Repair Squadron

    • Stationed at Duncan Field, TX 1 May 41-10 Mar 42.

  • 3d Depot Supply Squadron
    • Stationed at Duncan Field, TX 1 May 41-10 Mar 42.

  • 26th Depot Repair Squadron (transferred from 26th ADG c. late 1944)
    • Moved from Brookley Fld, AL to Deversoir, Egypt Nov 42, to Karachi Mar 44, to Panagarh Nov 45. The moves to Deversoir and Karachi seem likely for the 26 Air Depot Gp (it was at Deversoir arriving 31 Oct 42), 26 Depot Supply Sq (at Deversoir and Karachi but move dates not firm), and 426 Quartermaster Pltn, Air Depot as well. Inactivated 28 Mar 46.

  • 82nd Depot Repair Squadron - Inactivated 16 Jan 46

    Source:  Mr. Robert Standley

    "We were in the Army Air Force 82nd Repair Squadron stationed in Agra, India from 1942 to 1945. We were attached to the 3d Air Depot Group."

  • 89th Airdrome Squadron (25 Jul 45)
  • 403d Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 877th Quartermaster Company
  • 910th Signal Company (Depot, Avn)
  • 1361st MP Company (Avn)
  • 2476th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)

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26th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  26th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Brookley Field, AL per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42; activated 20 Jan 42; Moved overseas arriving at Deversoir, Egypt, 31 Oct 42 and later Karachi. Inactivated 16 Jan 46. Activated in the reserves on 27 Dec 46 at Mitchel Fld (later Mitchel AFB), NY as the 26th Air Depot and assigned to the XVI Air Service Command. Stationed at Bedford Airfield (later Hanscom AFB) 13 Jun 48-27 Jun 49. Inactivated 27 Jun 49. Disbanded 27 Sep 84.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Karachi, India
  • 26th Depot Repair Squadron (transferred to 3 ADG c. late 1944)
    • Moved from Brookley Fld, AL to Deversoir, Egypt Nov 42, to Karachi Mar 44, to Panagarh Nov 45. The moves to Deversoir and Karachi seem likely for the 26 Air Depot Gp (it was at Deversoir arriving 31 Oct 42), 26 Depot Supply Sq (at Deversoir and Karachi but move dates not firm), and 426 Quartermaster Pltn, Air Depot as well. Inactivated 28 Mar 46.

  • 26th Depot Supply Squadron
  • 426th Quartermaster Platoon, Air Depot



Source:  Military.com, Mr. Charles Aresta

Shield:  Azure, two swords palewise, points to chief, between six bees volant to chief also palewise two (2) two (2) two (2).

Crest:  None.

Motto:  SURGAM (I SHALL RISE).

Symbolism:  Blue and golden orange are the colors of the Army Air Force. The six bees represent honest effort and a good work ethic while the swords allude to the unit being prepared for combat. The charges, 2 swords and 6 bees also represent the unit designation (26).



Source:  CBIVA Sound-off, Winter 1993 & Summer 1996 Issues

The 26th Group was activated on 1/20/42 at Brookley Field, Mobile, AL. On November 1, 1942, it arrived at Deversoir, Egypt, and in January 1944 it set up base on the outskirts of Karachi, India. Later that year, affiliated groups were transferred elsewhere and the 26th Depot Repair Squadron was absorbed within the 80th Group, relocated in July 1944 to Agra, India and attached to the 3rd Air Depot Group. After VJ Day, it was transferred to Ramgarh and finally inactivated on 3/28/46 at the Indian Army Eastern India Air Depot in Panagarh, India.



Photos courtesy of Mr. Jim Baker, 26th DRS

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82nd Air Depot Group

Stationed Barrackpore, India (1942), Abadan, Iran (1943). Disbanded 1944.
  • Hq and Hq Sq
  • 18th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Stationed at Peterson Field, CO 19 Jan 43-29 Apr 43.

  • 82nd Depot Repair Squadron
    • Later attached, then assigned to 3d Air Depot Group. Later reassigned to 4th Air Depot Group

  • 82nd Depot Supply Squadron
    • Activated 26 Sep 42 at Alameda, CA
    • Relocated to Bombay, India on 27 Sep 42
    • Located at Bengal Air Depot, Calcutta, India, arriving 19 Jun 43
    • Later attached to 3 ADG and reassigned to 28 ADG



Source:  "United States Army in World War II", Center of Military History

Chapter VII: Aircraft Assembly and Delivery

"In January 1943 the 82d Air Depot Group arrived at Abadan for a period of orientation before taking over from Douglas (Aircraft) in April."

Chapter XIII: The Air Corps Takes Over Aircraft Assembly

"On 12 August 1944, with assembly operations at Abadan entering their last lap, came official recognition that the function of Abadan Air Base had shifted from assembly to air operations. On that date the 82d Air Depot Group and the 18th Depot Repair Squadron were disbanded, and their personnel and equipment transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Abadan Air Base, with an aggregate strength of 26 officers and 502 enlisted men, plus 100 enlisted men attached additionally as Air Corps unassigned."

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Delta Air Depot

Activated c. 16 Mar 45 at Ranaghat, India.

Handled tires and tubes, night-flying equipment, prefabricated hangars, shop and machine tools, aerial-delivery equipment, cordage, fabrics, leather, belly tanks, and wing assemblies.

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14th Air Depot Group

Source:

Mr. Mark Boland
"Shanghai Air Depot Weekly", March 1946

Lineage:  14th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Duncan Field, TX per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42; activated 28 Jan 42; Stationed at Duncan Field (combined with Kelly Field, 2 Mar 43) 28 Jan 42-16 Apr 43; inactivated 25 Apr 46; disbanded 27 Sep 84.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Ranaghat
  • 14th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Duncan Field, TX (combined with Kelly Field 2 Mar 43) 28 Jan 42-16 Apr 43, San Antonio, TX - 26 Mar 44, Kelly Field, TX 26 Mar 44-26 Jan 45
    • Transferred from 14 ADG to 47th ADG and moved to Panagarh 14 Mar 45
    • After V-J Day unit reassigned to 14 ADG and moved to Shanghai, arriving 9 Nov 45
    • Inactivated 6 Apr 46

  • 14th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Activated 28 Jan 42 at Duncan Field, TX
    • Relocated 11 Apr 43 to Pine Castle Army Air Field, FL
    • Unit located at Kelly Field, TX, 26 Mar 44-c. Mar 45
    • Relocated Mar 45 to Delta Air Depot, Ranaghat, India
    • Inactivated 21 Feb 46

  • 76th Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn) (tranferred from Bengal AD, 24 Sep 45
  • 325th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Activated 29 Jun 44, Kelly Field, TX
    • Location, Bengal Air Depot, India c. Feb 45
    • Location, Shanghai, China c. Nov 45
    • Location, McChord Air Force Base, WA c. Dec 48

  • 414th Quartermaster Platoon (ADG)
  • 884th Signal Company (Depot, Avn)
  • 2260th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2485th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn)
  • 2494th Quartermaster Company (Truck, Avn) (Colored)

14th ADG HQ & Hq Squadron, courtesy of Mr. Joseph Patterson


Source:  Mr. Henry Gates, 14th DRS:

"Our organization, the 14th Air Depot Group was shipped to India in early 1945, and the main part of the group was stationed at the Bengal Air Depot, just outside Calcutta, but the Repair Squadron and the Signal company were placed on detached service to the 47th Air Depot Group at Panagarh, 100 miles or so northwest of Calcutta, to supply additional repair manpower to that group, which was a major processing facility in Eastern India. New aircraft would be shipped by sea into Calcutta, and then floated up the river on barges to a landing, where they could be easily moved a few short miles to our base. We would then reassemble them, check them out, test fly them, and then deliver them to the base at Ondal, which was the distribution center for that part of the theater. The Bengal Air Depot was mainly involved in the warehousing of aircraft parts and supplies that were shipped to all of the various bases in the theater as needed to maintain the aircraft on those bases. If an aircraft suffered major damage or wear and tear in normal use such that the local organizations were not staffed and trained to perform the maintenance, then it would be flown to a facility such as Ondal, where it would be exchanged for another that was either brand new, or had been already completely overhauled at a facility such as ours, and then turned over to Ondal for reassignment to another organization.

...In those days, I spent most of my time flying supplies and personnel around the theater...just a kind of sophisticated taxi driver, you might say! When I wasn't doing that, I would be delivering planes to Ondal as fast as our repair facilities could get them ready. I did make a number flights to Calcutta to transport personnel back and forth who had business at headquarters, but I was rarely involved in more than that, and usually never did more than drop them off at the nearest airport and then return to my home base. I made a number of flights to Agra and to New Delhi, which I really enjoyed, but mostly to Calcutta."

"These orders were for relocation of the 14th ADG to Shanghai, China after the Japanese had capitulated.

"These organizations were to be stationed on Kiangwan Air Base at Shanghai. Since the U.S. Air arm was still a part of the Army, not yet a separate Air Force, you will note that many of the support companies had been detached from their original parent organization to provide necessary services to the 14th ADG. In those days, the army made up many of its organizations by detaching companies from other organizations."

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Eastern India Air Depot - Panagarh

Specialized in aircraft combat materials.

From Mr. Frank Polaski:  I thought that it might be interesting to you to see pictures of the EIAD flight line when I was there and a Google Earth picture of how it looks now. My son Greg, who is retired USAF, discovered the satellite pictures several years ago. This was quite a thrill for me, because I never knew what happened since I flew out of there in 1946. Apparently the Indian Air Force still uses the landing strip, but the rest of the base appears to have been sitting there unused for the past 62 years. We had a huge ramp which is partially overgrown with jungle now. After the war ended, we were the central site for disposal of theatre aircraft. We had over 900 planes there at one time.

Photos courtesy of Misters Frank and Greg Polaski


EIAD Flightline


EIAD Flightline


Google Earth satellite photo of EIAD Flightline as it appears today


EIAD HQ


Google Earth satellite photo of EIAD HQ area as it appears today


EIAD Living Area


Google Earth satellite photo of EIAD Living Area as it appears today

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22nd Air Depot Group

Source:  Air Force FOIA - Heraldry,Lineage & Honor (422nd Air Base Group)

Lineage:  Constituted as 22 Air Depot Group on 5 Jan 1942. Activated on 19 Jan 1942. Redesignated 22 Air Depot on 12 Jul 1946. Inactivated on 20 Feb 1947. Disbanded on 27 Sep 1984. Reconstituted, and redesignated 422 Air Base Group, on 22 Mar 2005. Activated on 12 May 2005.

Assignments:  Air Service Command, 19 Jan 1942; Oklahoma City Air Depot Control Area (later, Oklahoma City Air Service) Command, 8 Aug 1942; China-Burma-India Air Service Command, 14 Feb 1944; Twentieth Air Force, 29 Jun 1944; VIII Air Force Service Command, 16 Aug 1945; Okinawa Air Depot, by Oct 1945; IV Air Service Area Command, Jan 1946; Okinawa Air Materiel Area, 31 Jul 1946-20 Feb 1947. 501 Combat Support Wing, 12 May 2005-.

Stations:  Patterson Field, OH, 19 Jan 1942; Oklahoma City Air Depot (later, Tinker Field), 8 Aug 1942-31 Dec 1943; Kharagpur, India, 14 Feb 1944; Naha, Okinawa, 16 Aug 1945-20 Feb 1947. RAF Croughton, England, 12 May 2005-.

Service Streamers:  World War II American Theater; World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Campaign Streamers:  None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers:  None.

Decorations:  None.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 16 May 2005.



Military.com, Mr. Charles Aresta; Mr. Mark Boland; Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  Authorized and constituted per AG 320.2, 5 January 42 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 22d Air Depot Group and assigned to the Air Service Command. Activated 19 January 1942 at Patterson Field, Ohio. Stationed at Patterson Field 19 Jan 42-6 Aug 42, unknown 6 Aug 42-10 Jan 44. Departed Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on 10 January 1944 for Camp Salir, Kharagpur, India and reassigned to the Twentieth Air Force on 17 July 1944. Departed Calcutta, India on 12 July 1945 and arrived on Okinawa on 16 August 1945. Redesignated 25 August 1946 as Headquarters and Base Service Squadron, 22d Air Depot. Transferred to the Department of the Air Force per the National Security Act of 1947. Inactivated 20 February 1947. Disbanded 27 September 1984 (DAF/MPM Ltr 575q). Reconstituted, and redesignated 422nd Air Base Group, 22 Mar 2005. Activated on 12 May 2005.

  • 91st Depot Supply Squadron: 1943-1946
    • Activated 10 Apr 43, Oklahoma City AD, OK
    • Stationed at Tinker Field, OK 10 Apr 43-31 Dec 43
    • Relocated from Calcutta, India, to Naha Airfield, Okinawa 13 Jul 45

  • 97th Depot Repair Squadron: 1943-1946  (See CBI Unit Histories)
    • Activated 5 Apr 43, Oklahoma City AD, OK
    • Stationed at Tinker Field, OK -31 Dec 43

  • 22nd Medical Platoon (Supply, Avn)
  • 422nd Quartermaster Platoon, Air Depot
  • 460th Aviation Squadron: 1946
  • 894th Signal Co.
  • 2472nd Quartermaster Truck Co.

Assignments:  Air Service Command, 19 Jan 1942; Oklahoma City Air Depot Control Area (later, Oklahoma City Air Service) Command, 8 Aug 1942; China-Burma-India Air Service Command, 14 Feb 1944; Twentieth Air Force, 29 Jun 1944; VIII Air Force Service Command, 16 Aug 1945; Okinawa Air Depot, by Oct 1945; IV Air Service Area Command, Jan 1946; Okinawa Air Materiel Area, 31 Jul 1946-20 Feb 1947. 501 Combat Support Wing, 12 May 2005.

Stations:  Patterson Field, OH, 19 Jan 1942; Oklahoma City Air Depot (later, Tinker Field), 8 Aug 1942-31 Dec 1943; Kharagpur, India, 14 Feb 1944; Naha, Okinawa, 16 Aug 1945-20 Feb 1947. RAF Croughton, England, 12 May 2005-.

Commanders:  Capt Harold T. Hemion, 19 Jan 1942; 1 Lt Edward E. Plowman, 13 Apr 1942; Capt Eugene Talliferro, 18 Apr 1942; Maj Russell M. Peters, 13 Jun 1942; Lt Col Earl C. Duncan, 2 Jul 1942; Lt Col (later, Col) Arthur V. Jones, Jr., 17 Sep 1943; Col Gerald Hoyle, Jan 1946; Lt Col Arch G. Campbell, Feb 1946 – (No data located past Feb 1946)?. Col Vincent F. D’Angelo, 12 May 2005; Lt Col Terry E. Hayes, 6 Jul 2007; Col John J. Jordan, 20 Jul 2007 -.

Service Streamers:  World War II: American Theater; Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers:  None.

Decorations:  MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION, Streamer embroidered PACIFIC THEATER (22d Air Depot Group cited for period 8 February-8 August 1944; per G0 70, Hq, 20th Air Force, 1945).

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 17 Mar 2008.

Coat of Arms:

Shield:  Per fess azure and or, a fess nebuly per fess counterchanged to chief two mascles flory of the second, in base a sprig of buckey, fructed proper.

Crest:  None.

Motto:  Industria et Labore (By Industry and Labor).

Symbolism:  The ultramarine blue and orange are the colors of the Army Air Forces. The functions of the Group are attractively illustrated by the horizontal bands heraldically representing the military belt or girdle of honon, affording protection to the fliers. The nebuly division is the heraldic representation of clouds. The mascles, like other square figures represent honesty and constancy and which in the Holy writ is the hieroglyphic for persuasion. The state of activation, Ohio, is indicated by the buckeye, being known as the "Buckeye" State.

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80th Air Depot Group  (See CBI Unit Histories)

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  80th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at McClellan Field, CA per AG 320.2, 31 Jan 42. Activated 13 Mar 42. Transferred to India without personnel or equipment, 11 Jan 43. Stationed at Karachi, India -Feb 45. Moved to Ranaghat, India, 3 Oct 45. Moved to Bengal Air Depot, Titaghar, India, 4 Apr 46. Inactivated 9 apr 46. Redesignated 80th Air Depot Wg and activated about 10 Jan 51 at Kelly AFB, TX. Moved to Nouasseur AB, Morocco 13 July 1951 and inactivated 8 Jun 53. Disbanded 15 Jun 83.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Karachi, India
  • 80th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Activated at McClellan Field, CA 13 Mar 42
    • Stationed at McClellan Field 13 Mar 42-29 Jan 43
    • Inactivated Feb 46

  • 80th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Activated 13 Mar 42
    • Inactivated 18 Mar 46

  • 881st Signal Company (Depot, Avn)  (detached to 305th ASG)
    • Det - Barackpore, India
    • Det - Chabua, India


Source:  CBIVA Sound-off, Winter 1993 Issue

The 80th Group's history is incomplete and difficult to reconstruct but it was activated in 1942 out of two squadrons of the 51st Service Group of Morrison Field, Florida. On 1/12/43 it was activated at Karachi, India, as the 80th Air Depot Group. Among the original personnel were men who had been among the first contingent of U.S. troops in India in March and May of 1942 (ed: these personnel were from the 51st Service Gp). It was relocated to Agra, India, in the latter part of 1944 and was still there in September 1945, but this writer has no listing after that date.

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Southern India Air Depot (previously: Bangalore Air Depot) - Bangalore, India

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84th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  The 84th Air Depot Gp was activated May 42 at Bangalore, India and assigned to CBI Air Svc Cmd, then to the Bangalore Air Depot/Southern Air Depot. Stationed at Bangalore and Titagarh. Inactivated 14 Feb 46. Disbanded 27 Sep 84. Reconstituted about 28 Aug 91 as the 384th Logistics Group, activated 1 Sep 91, assigned to the 384th Wing/Bomb Wg at McConnell AFB. Probable date of inactivation was 1 Jan 93. (1991 reactivation of 84 Air Depot Gp from review in mid 1990s of complete set of DAF organizational letters issued in 1991 obtained under FOIA request.)

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Bangalore, India
  • ?? Depot Repair Squadron
  • ?? Depot Supply Squadron
  • 426th QM Platoon (Avn)

* Source:  various issues of Ex-CBI Roundup

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Guam Air Depot

Source:

Air Force History Index

Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  Activated Nov 44 and Assigned to 20th Air Force, attached to AAF, Pacific Ocean Area. Known originally as Guam Air Depot, Harmon Air Force Base, Guam named after Gen. Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General, Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas; base dedication held 8 May 45. Released from assignment to 20th AF and reassigned to Far East Air Service Command, 1 Jan 46. Inactivated 25 Aug 46. Guam Air Materiel Command established Oct 46; later redesignated (date uncertain, probably in or before Feb 47) Marianas Air Materiel Area (MARAMA). Effective 1 Feb 49, MARAMA began deactivation. Reasons cited: time involved in shipping supplies from United States to Guam and, then, to Pacific Air Force Bases; inadequate condition of buildings; deterioration of stocks because of climate; and as an air force economy measure. Inactivation completed 31 Jul 49. Disbanded 27 Sep 84.

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23d Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  23d Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Patterson Field, OH per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42, activated 19 Jan 42, inactivated 15 Feb 46, disbanded 27 Sep 84.

Stations:  Patterson Fld, OH to 9 Jun 42, McClellan Fld, CA to 7 Jun 43, San Bernardino AAB, CA to 4 Feb 44, Kelly Fld, TX to 5 Oct 44, Tinker Fld, OK to 19 May 45, probably a brief stay at a west coast POE, and joined the depot complex at Harmon Fld, Guam. Moved to Okinawa Air Depot, Naha, Okinawa, arriving 14 Jul 45. Inactivated 15 Feb 46.

Assignments:  Probable assignments (based on stations, not direct information) III Air Service Area Cmd to Jun 42, IV Air Service Area Cmd to Feb 43, Sacramento Air Depot Control Area Cd/Air Service Cmd to Jun 43, San Bernardino Air Service Cmd to Feb 44, San Antonio Air Service Cmd to Oct 44, Oklahoma City Air Service Cd/AAF Technical Service Cmd to May 45.

  • Hq and Hq Sq
  • ?? Depot Repair Squadron
  • ?? Depot Supply Squadron



24th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  24th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Brookley Field, AL per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42. Activated 20 Jan 42. Located at Brookley Field from c. 8 Feb-Jun 42. Moved to Waller Field, Trinidad, British West Indies, which became the station of the Group 11 Jun 42. Moved from station at Waller Field to Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX, Nov 43. Arrived at permanent station on Guam Island 8 Nov 44. Inactivated 30 Nov 45. Reactivated -unknown. Active 1950's as 24th Air Depot Wing. Disbanded 1983.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - North Field, Guam
  • 24th Depot Repair Squadron
  • 24th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Stations included Honolulu, Oahu, TH, and Guam, Mariana Islands



25th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Mr. Bernie Shearon

Lineage:  25th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Brookley Field, AL per AG 320.2, 5 Jan 42. Activated 20 Jan 42. Located at Brookley Field from c. 8 Feb 42 before moving to Borinquen Field, PR c. 6 Jun 42-16 Nov 43, Kelly Field, TX 30 Nov 43, Tinker Field, OK 1 Aug 44-6 Dec 44. Moved to Harmon Field, Guam Island, arrived 21 Jan 45.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Harmon Field, Guam
  • 25th Depot Repair Squadron
  • 25th Depot Supply Squadron


25th Depot Repair Sq (courtesy of Mr. George Lockwood)



55th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland & Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA)

Lineage:  55th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Patterson Field, OH per AG 320.2, 31 Jan 42. Derived from 10 Air Depot Group. Activated on 16 Feb 1942. Inactivated on 28 Dec 1945. Disbanded on 27 Sep 1984. Reconstituted, and redesignated 555 International Group, on 22 Sep 2005. Activated on 8 Nov 2005. Inactivated 30 Jun 2010 DAF/A1M 194t, 19 May 2010; SO #GA-6, HQ AFMC, 28 May 10.

Assignments:  Air Service Command, 16 Feb 1942; I Air Service Area Command, by 22 May 1942; Fairfield Air Depot Control Area Command (later, Fairfield Air Service Command), by 1 Feb 1943; Warner Robins Air Service Command, c. 16 Aug 1943; San Antonio Air Service Command, c. 12 Feb 1944; Seventh Air Force, c. 2 Jun 1944; VII Air Force Service Command, 5 Jun 1944; Army Air Forces Pacific Ocean Areas, 15 Aug 1944; VI Air Service Area Command, 1 Sep 1944; Twentieth Air Force, 18 Sep-28 Dec 1945. Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), 8 Nov 2005-30 Jun 2010.

Stations:  Patterson Field, OH, 16 Feb 1942; Robins Field, GA, 16 Aug 1943; Kelly Field, TX, 10 Feb 1944-4 May 1944; Oahu, Hawaii, 2 Jun 1944; Wheeler Field, Hawaii, by 31 Jul 1944; Guam, c. 1 Sep 1944-12 Dec 1945; Camp Anza, CA, 27-28 Dec 1945. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 8 Nov 2005-30 Jun 2010.

Service Streamer:  World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamer:  World War II: Western Pacific.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers:  None.

Decoration:  Meritorious Unit Citation, 27 Jan-18 Apr 1945.

Emblem (555th International Group):

Description:  Per bend Azure and Celeste, in chief five mullets in chevron reversed Or, at fess point a globe voided of the field, gridlined Argent, in base a sinister wing of the third, all within a narrow border Or. Attached below the shield, a White scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "555TH INTERNATIONAL GROUP" in Blue letters.

Symbolism:  Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The top and bottom backgrounds symbolize night and day, suggesting continuous support. The five stars represent the five geographic unified commands that the unit supports, which ensures that the allies are equipped to participate along side the unit. The globe signifies the unit's international mission and customers and is borrowed from the emblem of the Air Force Security Assistance Center, the unit's parent organization. The single wing symbolizes air power and is outstretched in a gesture of partnership with the allies. The wing was an element of the historical patch proposed by the Army Quartermaster General during World War II for the 55th Air Depot Group, the unit's predecessor organization.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 8 Nov 2005.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Harmon Field, Guam
  • 321st Depot Repair Squadron
  • 86th Depot Supply Squadron

Source:

AFMC/PA Announcement, 14 Nov 2005

Security Assistance Center activates group, squadrons
Organization supports military sales to more than 100 countries

November 14, 2005
By Daryl Mayer
Air Force Security Assistance Center Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFMCNS) - The Air Force Security Assistance Center completed its reorganization effort with the activation of the 555th International Group in a ceremony Nov. 8 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

The group now becomes AFSAC's primary organization responsible for supporting foreign military sales to more than 100 countries and administering the Air Force's $100 billion security assistance budget.

AFSAC is part of Air Force Materiel Command, which provides the Air Force with war-fighting capabilities on time and on cost. Both AFSAC and AFMC are headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

The ceremony also activated four subordinate units: the 755th International Materiel Squadron, the 555th International Materiel Squadron, the 555th International Logistics Squadron and the 555th International Support Squadron.

"This is yet another new chapter in the rich history of accomplishments for AFSAC," said Maj. Gen. Arthur J. Rooney Jr., AFSAC commander.

Recounting from an "inspirational book of achievements," General Rooney highlighted two innovative online applications, the Worldwide Warehouse Applications and the Parts and Repair Ordering Systems, as recent AFSAC successes. He also cited the "Outstanding" rating awarded to AFSAC by the AFMC Inspector General during the Operational Readiness Inspection in late-2004.

This activation ceremony, he said, is the capstone event to an incredibly successful year.

Introducing the group's inaugural commander, General Rooney expressed confidence in his pick.

"I didn't need to review reports or paperwork to select him. I've watched [Col.] Larry Avery's performance first hand and I know he is the right man for the job."

After accepting the unit guidon from General Rooney, symbolizing the official assumption of command, Colonel Avery turned to activate the four squadrons that will form the group.

"I'm very proud and very humbled to lead the only international group in the Air Force," said Colonel Avery.

Each of the organizations activated in the ceremony were units that last saw active service during the Second World War, he said.

For this truly expeditionary unit, Colonel Avery said, it really is a homecoming for the group after more than 60 years.

Before presiding over the assumptions of command for the four squadrons, Colonel Avery reminded his charges of the responsibilities of command, as well as its rewards. "Ask any four-star general what his favorite assignment was and he will say it was a squadron command."

"To my now fellow commanders and director, welcome," General Rooney said in closing the ceremony. "I look forward to working with you toward even greater successes in the future. I challenge you to savor your time in command; there really is nothing else like it."

SIDEBAR: Group/Squadron Lineage

555th International Group
Lineage: 55th Air Depot Group
Activated on Feb. 16, 1942

755th International Materiel Squadron
Lineage: Materiel Squadron, 41st Air Base Group
Activated on Jan. 15, 1941

555th International Materiel Squadron
Lineage: 555th Service Squadron (see 14th Air Svc Gp)
Activated on Oct. 1, 1943

555th International Logistics Squadron
Lineage: 55th Depot Supply Squadron
Activated on Jan. 31, 1942

555th International Support Squadron
Lineage: Sub Depot, Lemoore, Calif.
Activated on Jan. 5, 1942



56th Air Depot Group

Source:  Mr. Mark Boland

Lineage:  56th Air Depot Gp, Depot Repair Sq, Depot Supply Sq authorized and constituted at Patterson Field, OH per AG 320.2, 31 Jan 42. Activated 7 Feb 42. Stationed at Patterson Field, OH 16 Feb 42-5 Mar 43; Moved to McClellan Field, CA 3 Mar 43. Moved to Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, OK 23 Nov 43. Began movement overseas arriving at Depot Field, Guam Island 9 Nov 44.

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation, 9 Nov 44-21 Jan 45, Hq AAF GO 115, 1945.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Guam
  • 56th Depot Repair Squadron
    • Activated 7 Feb 42, Patterson Field, OH
    • Relocated 5 Mar 43, McClellan Field, Sacramento, CA
    • Relocated 3 Dec 43, Tinker Army Air Field, OK
    • Relocated Nov 44, Guam

  • 56th Depot Supply Squadron
    • Activated 7 Feb 42, Patterson Field, OH
    • Relocated 3 Dec 43, Tinker Army Air Field, OK
    • Relocated 9 Nov 44, Guam

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301st Air Depot Group

Lineage:   Activated at Kelly Field, TX. c. 29 Jun 44. Assigned to China Theater c. Feb 45. Conducted overseas movement to Kunming, China c. Feb 45. During period 1 Nov 45 - 31 Mar 46, subordinate units redeployed to Zone of the Interior for reassignment. Engaged in liquidation of Kunming Army Air Base and engaged in lend lease program disposal of Air Corps supplies in China. Conducted movement to Shanghai, China. Inactivated 20 Mar 46. Disbanded 27 Sep 84.

Stations:  San Bernardino AAF, CA (later Norton AFB) 20 Jul 43-12 Feb 44; Kelly Field, TX 29 Jun 44-16 Feb 45; Kunming May-Oct 45; Shanghai, China -Mar 46.

  • Hq and Hq Sq - Kunming
  • 8th Medical Supply Platoon
  • 69th Depot Repair Sq

    Source:

    Lineage:  Constituted 31 Jan 42 and activated on 8 Feb 42 at Brookley Fld, AL as part of the 69th Air Depot Gp. Transferred to 301st ADG July 43 (??). Inactivated 20 Mar 46. Disbanded 15 Jun 83.

    Stations:  San Bernardino AAF, CA (later Norton AFB) 20 Jul 43-12 Feb 44; Kelly Field, TX 29 Jun 44-16 Feb 45; Kunming May-Aug 45; possibly Shanghai area (Hsingching Afld) -unknown.

    Photo of Convoy #3, courtesy of Mr. Marty Oxenburg, 69th DRS:

    The work shop Vans, Flatbed trailers and Wreckers, total of 300 trucks, took 40 days to reach Kunming. They traveled at a rate of 40-45 MPH.

    Most of us in Convoys 2 & 3 traveled about 75 miles per day, and took 23 days to reach Kunming.

    Mileage from Calcutta to Kunming = 1709. As the crow flies; a flight from Calcutta to Kunming took 5 hours.

    Personally I think the Advance 69ers who flew the Hump missed a great adventure.

  • 315th Depot Supply Sq
    • Activated 6 May 44 at Kelly Field, TX
    • Inactivated 26 Dec 45

  • 472nd Quartermaster Platoon
  • 885th Signal Company (Depot, Avn)

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