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The 407th Air Expeditionary Group
407th Air Expeditionary Group
(407 AEG) is a provisional United States Air Force unit assigned to the United States Air Forces Central Command 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. It was stationed at Ali Air Base, Iraq until the closure of the base on 16 December 2011. It was activated as part of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing
332d Air Expeditionary Wing
due to Military intervention against ISIL at Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base. The 407 AEG provided air operations support for coalition air dominance, battlespace control, and security to advance the stabilization of southern Iraq. It provides coalition tactical airlift support with aerial port operations. The 407 AEG was the first Air Force unit to stand up combat operations within Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The group traces its history back to the World War II
World War II
407th Bombardment Group (Dive) which was established 23 March 1943, at Drew Field, Florida. The air echelon was attached to Eleventh Air Force
Eleventh Air Force
in Amchitka, Alaska, from 19 July to 15 August 1943, where it performed combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands.

Contents

1 Overview 2 History

2.1 World War II 2.2 Strategic Air Command 2.3 Modern era

3 Lineage

3.1 Assignments 3.2 Components 3.3 Stations 3.4 Aircraft

4 References 5 External links

Overview[edit] It consists of the following squadrons:

Unknown Expeditionary Fighter Squadron 407th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron[1] 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron 407th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron 407th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron

In addition to its operational commitments, the 407 AEG was the Senior Airfield Authority at Ali Air Base, and was responsible for the defense, control, operations and maintenance of the airfield, land and facilities whose proximity affected airfield operations Former units

361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron[2]

History[edit] World War II[edit] The 407th AEG traces its history back to the 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) which was established 23 March 1943, at Drew Field, Florida. Its subordinate squadrons at that time included the 632d, 633d, 634th and 635th Bombardment (Dive) Squadrons. The air echelon was attached to Eleventh Air Force
Eleventh Air Force
in Amchitka, Alaska, from 19 July to 15 August 1943, where it performed combat operations against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. The 407th was redesignated the 407th Fighter-Bomber Group on 15 August 1943. At that time, the 632d, 633d and 634th were redesignated the 515th, 516th and 517th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons, respectively, and the 635th was disbanded. In 1943, the 407th flew the Douglas A-24 Banshee dive bombers; North American A-36 Invader
A-36 Invader
dive bombers, P-51D Mustangs, and the P-47 Thunderbolt
P-47 Thunderbolt
from 1943 to 1944 as part of the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In October 1943 the group moved the Lakeland Army Airfield, Florida, and then to Galveston Army Airfield, Texas in November where it trained for combat, and functioned as a replacement unit until 1 April 1944, when it was disestablished. Strategic Air Command[edit]

Emblem of the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing (SAC)

Republic RF-84K-20-RE Thunderflash 52-7265, 91st SRS, 1955

Flight of four 407th SFW RF-84F Thunderstreaks, Great Falls AFB, Montana, 1955

407th SFW F-84F Thunderstreak 52-7043, Great Falls AFB, Montana, 1955

The 407th was reactivated as the Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
407th Strategic Fighter Wing at Great Falls AFB, Montana
Montana
in 1953. While it was established on 23 March 1953 it was not activated until 18 December 1953. The wing was assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force
Fifteenth Air Force
and composed of the 407th Air Refueling Squadron
407th Air Refueling Squadron
with KB-29 Superfortress
KB-29 Superfortress
tankers and the 515th, 516th and 517th Strategic Fighter Squadrons, equipped with the Republic F-84G Thunderjet. Also assigned to the wing in "attached" status was the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
(20 December 1954 – 17 July 1955) with RF-84Ks. In 1955 KC-97s replaced the KB-29s. Delays in delivery of the F-84Gs to the wing led to operational training not commencing until June 1954. Once operational, from August to November 1954, the 407th deployed to Misawa Air Base, Japan, where it provided air defense of northern Japan. In doing so, from 8 August to 10 November 1954 it was attached to the 39th Air Division (Defense). Returning to the United States, the wing sent its straight-winged F-84Gs to AMARC, and was re-equipped with newer and faster swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreaks. From Great Falls, the 407th provided long-range fighter escort and refueling for B-36 Peacemaker and B-50 Superfortress
B-50 Superfortress
bombers. The wing had a short life, as the strategic fighter doctrine was phased out of use beginning in 1956. The 407th SFW was inactivated on 1 July 1957. Modern era[edit] The 407th was redesignated the 407th Air Expeditionary Group
407th Air Expeditionary Group
and later activated at Tallil Air Base
Tallil Air Base
(known as Ali Base), Iraq on 14 April 2003 as a subordinate to the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, which was stationed at Al Jaber AB, Kuwait. Throughout the summer of 2003, the mission at Ali Base (Tallil AB) expanded. The flightline became home to A-10s, C-130s and Predators. The 332d AEW then transferred from Al Jaber AB, Kuwait, to Ali Base on 5 August 2003. During that period, the wing's A-10s destroyed more than 1,100 targets during major combat operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also here that U.S. Special
Special
Forces staged and planned the rescue of Army Private 1st Class Jessica Lynch, and where the private was flown out of Iraq. Ali Air Base
Ali Air Base
was fully vacated by all U.S. Forces on 16 December 2011, and the 407th AEG was inactivated. It was activated as part of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing
332d Air Expeditionary Wing
due to Military intervention against ISIL[3][4] at Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base. Lineage[edit]

407th Fighter-Bomber Group

Constituted as the 407th Bombardment Group (Dive) on 23 March 1943

Activated on 28 March 1943 Redesignated 407th Fighter-Bomber Group in August 1943 Disbanded on 1 April 1944[5]

Reconstituted and consolidated with the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing as the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing on 31 January 1984[6]

407th Air Expeditionary Group

Constituted as the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing on 25 March 1943

Activated on 18 December 1953 Inactivated on 1 July 1957[7]

Consolidated with the 407th Fighter-Bomber Group on 31 January 1984[6] Converted to provisional status and redesignated 407th Air Expeditionary Group

Activated on 17 April 2003 Inactivated on 16 December 2011 Activated during 2016

Assignments[edit]

22d Bombardment Training Wing, 28 March 1943 III Fighter Command, 15 August 1943 72d Fighter Wing, 9 March 1943 Second Air Force, 21 March – 1 April 1944 Fifteenth Air Force, 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957

Attached to the 39th Air Division
39th Air Division
(Defense), 8 August – 10 November 1954

Allocated to Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command
to activate or inactivate any time after 14 April 2003

Attached to United States Air Forces Central Command, 14 April 2003-present

Further attached to the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, 14 April 2003 – 24 April 2010 Transferred under the 321st Air Expeditionary Advisory Wing, 24 April 2010-16 December 2011 Further attached to 332d Air Expeditionary Wing

Components[edit]

91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron: Attached December 1954 – July 1955 407th Air Refueling Squadron: 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957 495th Bombardment Squadron: (Attached) 1944 515th (formerly 632d) Bombardment (later Strategic Fighter) Squadron: 1943–1944; 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957 516th (formerly 633d) Bombardment (later Strategic Fighter) Squadron: 1943–1944; 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957 517th (formerly 634th) Bombardment (later Strategic Fighter) Squadron: 1943–1944; 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957 635th Bombardment Squadron: 1 Mar-15 Aug 1943

Stations[edit]

Drew Field, Florida, 28 Mar 1943

Operated from Amchitka
Amchitka
Army Airfield, Alaska Territory, Jul-Aug 1943

Lakeland Army Airfield, Florida, 2 Oct 1943 Galveston Army Airfield, Texas, 9 Nov 1943-1 Apr 1944 Great Falls AFB, Montana, 18 December 1953 – 1 July 1957

Operated from Misawa AB, Japan, 8 August-10 November 1954

Ali Air Base, Iraq, 14 April 2003 – 16 December 2011 Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, 2016–present

Aircraft[edit]

A-24 Banshee, 1943 A-36 Apache, 1943 P-47 Thunderbolt, 1943–1944 P-51 Mustang, 1943 F-84 Thunderstreak, 1954–1957 RF-84 Thunderflash, 1955

KB-29 Superfortress
KB-29 Superfortress
(Tanker), 1954–1957 KC-97
KC-97
Stratotanker, 1957 C-130H Hercules, 2004–2008 RQ-1 Predator, 2003-2011 MC-12W Liberty, 2009-2011

References[edit]

United States Air Force
United States Air Force
portal Military of the United States portal World War II
World War II
portal

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency
Air Force Historical Research Agency
website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

^ "Airman makes most of deployment". DVIDS. December 9, 2016.  ^ Reconnaissance squadron's Predators keep vigilant eye on Iraq, 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs ^ "Air Force identifies airman killed by storm in Jordan". Air Force Times. December 9, 2016.  ^ "USARCENT command team travels region to focus on enduring partnership". US Army. December 9, 2016.  ^ Maurer, pp. 293-294 ^ a b Department of the Air Force/MPM Letter 539q, 31 January 1984, Subject: Consolidation of Units ^ Ravenstein, pp. 220-221

Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4. 407th Air Expeditionary Group
407th Air Expeditionary Group
Factsheet

External links[edit]

Official website Tallil/Ali AB, Iraq

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RAF Lakenheath
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RAF Mildenhall
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Inactive

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Overseas

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Reconnaissance

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Major weapon systems

Bombers

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Command & Control

DC-130 E-4 EC-135 RC-135

Fighters

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Missiles

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Reconnaissance

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Tankers

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