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76th Flying Training Wing (World War II)

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Active  1943-1946
Type  Command and Control
Country  United States
Role  Training
76th Flying Training Wing (World War II)
Branch  United States Army Air Forces
Part of  Army Air Forces Training Command

The 76th Flying Training Wing was a wing of the United States Army Air Forces. It was assigned to the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, and was stationed from 1943-46 at Smyrna Army Airfield, Tennessee.

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There is no lineage between the United States Air Force 76th Maintenance Wing, established on 5 February 1942 as the 76th Observation Group at MacDill Field, Florida and this organization.

History

The wing was a heavy bomber training wing of Eastern Flying Training Command. Its schools provided four-engine heavy bomber transition training for experienced pilots who were moving from single and two-engine aircraft to the B-17 or B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Also after 1944, most pilots were learning on B-17/B-24s for eventual transition to B-29 Superfortress training under Second Air Force.

As training requirements changed during the war, schools were activated and inactivated or transferred to meet those requirements.

Lineage

  • Established as 76th Flying Training Wing, on 14 August 1943
  • Activated on 25 August 1943 Disbanded on 16 June 1946.

    Assignments

  • Army Air Forces Eastern Flying Training Command, 25 August 1943
  • AAF Western Flying Training Command, 15 December 1945 – 16 June 1946.
  • Training aircraft

    The schools of the wing flew primarily B-17D/E/F Flying Fortresses. Some B-17Gs were flown after June 1944 when Second Air Force B-17 training ended. Some B-24D Liberators were also used

    References

    76th Flying Training Wing (World War II) Wikipedia


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