The Third Air Force was originally constituted as the Southeast Air District on October 19, 1940. Activated on December 18, 1940, it was assigned to the Southern Air Command, designated the 3d Air Force on April 9, 1941, and re-designated Third Air Force on September 18, 1942. The organization carried out air defense duties during 1940 and 1941 and engaged in antisubmarine activities from December 1941 to October. 1942. It was assigned to the Army Air Forces in September 1943; and. continued training units, crews, and individuals for bombardment, fighter, and reconnaissance operations.
COMMANDS: II Air Support: 1943; III Air Support: 1941 - 1942. IC Bomber: 1941 - 1946. III Fighter: 1941 - 1946. III Reconnaissance (formerly I Ground Air Support): 1942 - 1946. III Tactical Air: 1942 1945
STATIONS: MacDill Field , Florida , December 18, 1940; Tampa , Florida January 1941; Greenville AAB, South Carolina , March 21 - Nov 1, 1946.
COMMANDERS: Maj. Gen. Barton K. Yount, December 18, 1940;Major Gen Lewis H. Brereton, July 29, 1941; Maj. Gen. Walter H. Frank, October 6, 1941; Brig. Gen. Carlyle H. Wash, June 25 - November 26, 1942; Brig. Gen. Adlai H. Gilkeson, December 1, 1942; Maj. Gen. St. Clair Streett, December 12, 1942; Maj. Gen. Westside T. Larson, September 11, 1943; Brig. Gen. Edmund C. Lynch, May 14, 1945; Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Blackburn, May 26, 1945; Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, July 1, 1945 - end.
CAMPAIGNS: Antisubmarine, American Theater.
INSIGNE: On and over a blue disc within a yellow border an Arabic numeral "3" in white, in bend sinister, shaded in red perspective with a white star charged with a red disc in the lower loop. (Approved September 1, 1943)
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