82nd Fighter Group

325fg.org is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 82nd Fighter Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 82nd, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible. Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted on 13 January 1942 and activated on 9 February 1942 as a Pursuit Group they were redesignated a Fighter Group in May 1942. Their training and combat would be in P-38 Lightning aircraft. They moved to North Africa in December 1942 and began their combat duties with Twelfth Air Force until November 1943. The 82nd served a multi-role for the 12th and later the 15th Air Force when stationed in Italy from late-1943 until V-E Day in 1945 that included dive-bombing, strafing, bomber escort and fighter sweeps for enemy aircraft. The group would be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations (DUC) for their activities.

World War 2 Commanders

1st Lt Charles T Duke, Feb 1942
Col Robert Israel Jr, May 1942
Lt Col William E Covington Jr, 17 Jun 1942
Col John W Weltman, 4 May 1943
Lt Col Ernest C Young, 2 Aug 1943
Lt Col George M MacNicol, 26 Aug 1943
Col William P Litton, Jan 1944
Lt Col Ben A Mason Jr, 4 Aug 1944
Col Clarence T Edwinson, 28 Aug 1944
Col Richard A Legg, 22 Nov 1944
Col Joseph S Holtoner, 4 Jun 1945


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