The V Fighter Command is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to Fifth Air Force, based at Fukuoka AB, Japan. It was inactivated on 31 May 1946.
During World War II the unit initially controlled fighter units in the Northwestern United States. In 1942, V Fighter Command became the primary command and control organization for Fifth Air Force, fighter units operating primarily in the Southwest Pacific Theater. Its assigned units participated in aerial combat in the Fifth Air Force Area of Responsibility (AOR) flying cover missions for convoys, patrols, escorted bombers, attacked enemy airfields, and supported ground forces.
Afterward, served with the occupation force in Japan before being inactivated in 1946.
- Constituted as II Interceptor Command on 26 May 1941
- Activated on 4 June 1941
- Redesignated: II Fighter Command in May 1942
- Redesignated: V Fighter Command in August 1942.
- Inactivated on 31 May 1946
- Disbanded on 8 October 1948
*Note; Does not include periods detached to combat wings
- Fort George Wright, Washington, 4 June 1941
- Fort Lawton, Washington, 19 June 1941 – 2 October 1942
- RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, 5 September–December 1942
- Wards Airfield (5 Mile Drome), Port Moresby, December 1942
- Nadzab Airfield, New Guinea, January 1944
- Owi Airfield, Schouten Islands, Netherlands East Indies, July 1944
- Bayug Airfield, Leyte, Philippines, November 1944
- McGuire Field, Mindoro, Philippines, January 1945
- Clark Field, Luzon, Philippines, March 1945
- Hamasaki (Motobu Airfield), Okinawa, August 1945
- Itazuke AB, Japan, October 1945-31 May 1946.
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.