Strategic Air Command

42nd Air Division
 

    The 42nd Air Division was reactivated on 2 Mar 1951 and organized on 10 Mar 1951; the division equipped and trained its assigned units to conduct strategic air warfare using nuclear or conventional weapons anywhere in the world. The division also trained and maintained air-refueling assets. Tankers from units assigned to the 42nd supported the Eielson Tanker Task Force and, over the years, occasionally deployed to Spain for Spanish Area Support.
    The division conducted numerous staff assistance visits, conducted simulated no-notice inspections, and participated in exercises such as Buy None and Global Shield. Aircraft and personnel from units assigned to the division, at various times in the late 1960ís and early 1970ís, deployed to Southeast Asia and took part in Arc Light and Young Tiger operations.

 

42nd Air Division

Activated on:

10 Mar 1951 at Bergstrom AFB, TX.  Assigned to Eighth Air Force.

Reassigned to:

Second Air Force on 1 Apr 1955.

Inactivated on:

8 Jan 1958.

Activated on:

15 Jul 1959 at McConnell AFB, KS.  Assigned to Second Air Force.

Redesignated on:

1 Jun 1962 as 42nd Strategic Aerospace Division.

 

42nd Strategic Aerospace Division

Moved to:

Blytheville AFB, AR, on 1 Jul 1963.

Redesignated on:

1 Jul 1963 as 42nd Air Division.

42nd Air Division

Inactivated on:

2 Jul 1969.

Activated on:

1 Jan 1970 at Blytheville AFB, AR.  Assigned to Second Air Force.

Moved to:

McCoy AFB, FL, on 30 Jun 1971.

Moved to:

Blythesville AFB, AR, on 1 Sep 1973.

Reassigned to:

Eighth Air Force on 1 Jan 1975.

Moved to:

Grand Forks AFB, ND, on 16 Jun 1988.

Inactivated on:

9 Jul 1991.

Assigned Units

2nd Bomb Wing

1 Jul 1965

2 Jul 1969

2nd Bomb Wing

1 Dec 1982

1 Sep 1991

12th Fighter Escort Wing

9 Apr 1951

8 Jan 1958

17th Bomb Wing

1 Jul 1973

30 Sep 1975

19th Bomb Wing

30 Jun 1971

16 Jun 1988

27th Fighter Escort Wing

6 Aug 1951

8 Jan 1958

43rd Bomb Wing

1 Jan 1970

31 Jan 1970

68th Air Refueling Wing

30 Sep 1982

16 Jun 1988

68th Bomb Wing

30 Jun 1971

30 Sep 1982

97th Bomb Wing

1 Jul 1963

2 Jul 1969

97th Bomb Wing

1 Jan 1970

30 Jun 1971

97th Bomb Wing

1 Jul 1973

16 Jun 1988

301st Air Refueling Wing

31 Mar 1970

1 Jul 1973

301st Air Refueling Wing

1 Jul 1975

30 Sep 1979

305th Air Refueling Wing

1 Jan 1970

1 Jul 1973

305th Air Refueling Wing

1 Dec 1982

16 Jul 1988

306th Bomb Wing

30 Jun 1971

1 Jul 1974

308th Strategic Missile Wing

1 Jan 1970

31 Mar 1970

308th Strategic Missile Wing

1 Apr 1973

1 Dec 1982

319th Bomb Wing

16 Jun 1988

9 Jul 1991

321st Strategic Missile Wing

16 Jun 1988

9 Jul 1991

381st Strategic Missile Wing

1 Mar 1962

1 Jul 1963

454th Bomb Wing

1 Jul 1963

2 Jul 1969

4347th Combat Crew Training Wing

15 Jul 1959

15 Jun 1963

4397th Air Refueling Wing (Training)

15 Jul 1959

15 Jun 1962