87th Fighter Wing

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87th Fighter Wing
Active 1943–1945
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Type Command and Control
Engagements World War II

The 87th Fighter Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the XXII Tactical Air Command, based at Florence, Italy. It was inactivated on 11 October 1950.



  • Constituted as 87th Fighter Wing on 14 October 1943
Activated on 25 October 1943
Disbanded in Italy on 1 April 1945





Formed at Mitchel Field, New York. Moved overseas to Algeria, December 1943 – January 1944, and operated with Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater, primarily directing tactical fighter groups in Italy from April 1944 until the wing's groups were reassigned in September 1944 to XXII Tactical Air Command. Existed as a paper unit until inactivation in April 1945.


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

  • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.