50th Troop Carrier Wing

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50th Air Division
442d Troop Carrier Group Douglas C-47A-15-DK Skytrain 42-92879.jpg
C-47 of the wing's 442d Troop Carrier Group in D Day markings[1]
Active 1941–1946
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
50th Troop Carrier Wing emblem (Approved 22 September 1942)[2] 50th Air Division crest.jpg

The 50th Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Third Air Force at Pope Field, North Carolina. It was inactivated on 31 July 1946.


The wing was first established as the 50th Transport Wing, then activated on 14 January 1941. In July 1942 it became the 50th Troop Carrier Wing and was a major training organization for I Troop Carrier Command until 1943, training subordinate units in the United States prior to overseas deployment.[2]

In October 1943, became a command organization for IX Troop Carrier Command, Ninth Air Force in England. "Subordinate units began training for the invasion of continental Europe. This training involved airdropping paratroops and towing gliders."[2]

"In June 1944, subordinate units dropped paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, subsequently flying numerous missions to bring in reinforcements and needed supplies. During the airborne attack on The Netherlands (Operation Market Garden, September 1944), the 50th dropped paratroops, towed gliders, and flew resupply missions. Several of its subordinate units also participated in the invasion of southern France in August 1944. The 50th supported the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge by towing gliders full of supplies near Bastogne on 27 December 1944. In addition, its units participated in the air assault across the Rhine River in early 1945 and later flew numerous freight missions to carry gasoline, food, medicine, and other supplies to allied ground forces pushing across Germany."[2]

The wing returned to the United States in September 1945. In 1946 it became a subordinate organization of new Tactical Air Command[2] with responsibility for the theater transport (Troop Carrier) mission. It was inactivated on 31 July 1946.[2]

On 1 September 1959, the USAF redesignated the wing as the 50th Air Division; however, the division was never activated.


  • Established as the 50th Transport Wing on 8 January 1941
Activated on 14 January 1941
Redesignated 50th Troop Carrier Wing on 4 July 1942
Inactivated on 31 July 1946
Redesignated 50th Air Division on 1 September 1959 (Remained inactive)[2]







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  1. Aircraft is C-47A-15-DK Skytrain Serial 42-92879.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 "Factsheet 50 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. October 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Not to be confused with Air Transport Command (originally Air Corps Ferrying Command).
  4. On 4 November 1945, I Troop Carrier Command was inactivated at Stout Field, Indiana and its personnel and equipment were transferred to IX Troop Carrier Command, which had transferred to Stout from England without personnel or equipment in September. Maurer, Combat Units, pp. 438, 448-449.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Station numbers in Anderson
  6. 6.0 6.1 Station numbers in Johnson


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

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