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The 41st Air Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Fifth Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. It was inactivated on 15 January 1968.

41st Air Division
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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Republic F-105D-10-RE Thunderchief - 60-0518.jpg
Active1 March 1952 – 15 January 1968
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCommand of tactical and air defense forces
Garrison/HQsee "Stations" section below
Equipmentsee "Aircraft / Missiles / Space vehicles" section below
41st Air Division emblem (Approved 30 April 1958)[2]41st Air Division crest.jpg



"The 41st Air Division was organized, administered, equipped, and trained assigned units in Japan from March 1952 – January 1968,. It conducted combined planning with the Japan Air Self Defense Force and, when directed by higher headquarters, joint and combined training with other allied forces. It also developed tactics and examined technical aspects of aerial warfare requirements for new weapons and weapon systems, and improved uses of current weapons."[2]

"In addition, its assigned units carried out aerial surveillance and reconnaissance missions and collected, evaluated, produced and disseminated intelligence data. The division maintained operational control of all United States Navy and United States Marine Corps defense type aircraft, United States Army antiaircraft artillery and surface-to-air missile units in Japan."[2]

"In 1962 it became an operational organization that controlled, evaluated, and exercised assigned units. In fulfilling this role the division participated in exercises such as Commando Night, Commando Rock, Bright Night and Teamwork. In response to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964, the 41st deployed personnel and aircraft to Southeast Asia. These deployments continued periodically until the unit was inactivated."[2]


  • Designated 41st Air Division (Defense) and organized, on 1 Mar 1952
Redesignated 41st Air Division on 18 Mar 1955
Discontinued and inactivated on 15 Jan 1968[2]


  • Japan Air Defense Force, 1 March 1952;
  • Fifth Air Force, 1 September 1954 – 15 January 1968[2]





Service StreamerEdit

The unit earned the Korean Service organizational service streamers.


Blazon: Over a shield, divided per bend, azure and gules a cost argent, between a shield of the last ornamented and orled of the second and sable and an arm in armor embowed, gauntleted and brandishing a sword to the sinister all argent; on a chief vert in fess a radio wave pattern argent, the shield and chief edged throughout of the last. (Approved 30 April 1958)

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Closest aircraft is Republic F-105D-10-RE Thunderchief Serial 60-0518.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Factsheet 41 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2014.


  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website