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XII Tactical Air Command

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XII Tactical Air Command
XII-Tacticalairforce-patch.png
Emblem of the XII Tactical Air Command
Active1942-1947
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Army Air Forces
TypeCommand and Control
EngagementsWorld War II

The XII Tactical Air Command is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the United States Air Forces in Europe, based at Bad Kissingen, Germany. It was inactivated on 10 November 1947.

Formed in United States in early 1942. Moved to North Africa, October–November 1942.

The command served in combat in the Mediterranean and European theaters until May 1945. Afterward, remained in Europe as part of the occupation force.

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Contents

Lineage

  • Constituted as XII Ground Air Support Command on 10 September 1942
Activated on 17 September 1942
Redesignated XII Air Support Command in September 1942
Redesignated XII Tactical Air Command in April 1944
Inactivated in Germany on 10 November 1947
Disbanded on 8 October 1948.

Assignments

First Air Force (Attached), 25 September 1942

Stations

Forces and Wings

1945-1947

1948-1952

Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany, August 1948 – 17 November 1952
Kaufbeuren Air Base, Germany, 1 July 1948
RAF Fassberg, Germany, 20 January 1949 – 1 October 1949
61st Troop Carrier Group
Rhein-Main AFB (later, AB), Germany, 1 July 1948 – 2 June 1951
(Unit operated Rhein-Main AB, Germany, 1 July 1948 – 2 June 1951, and Tempelhof AB, Germany, 1 July – 5 November 1948. Also operated Tulln Airport in Austria, 1 July – 10 December 1948)
Neubiberg Air Base, Germany (Later: West Germany), 1 July 1948 – 21 August 1952

XII TAC operated bomb ranges at Trendelsberg; Fresland Islands; Lechfeld and Nordholz

Operations

Col Demas T Craw was awarded the Medal of Honor for action during the invasion of Algeria-French Morocco: when the Allies landed on 8 November 1942, Col Craw volunteered to negotiate an armistice; while trying to pass through the lines near Port Lyautey, he was killed by machine-gun fire.

References

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

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