Eastern Air Defense Force

Eastern Air Defense Force

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unit_name= Eastern Air Defense Force
Air Defense Command


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dates= 1949-1960
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The Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command being stationed at Stewart Air Force Base, New York. It was inactivated on 1 Jul 1960

History

Lineage

* Established as Eastern Air Defense Force and organized 1 Sep 1949.: Discontinued 1 July 1960

Assignments

* Continental Air Command, 1 Sep 1949 - 1 Jan 1951
* Air Defense Command, 1 Jan 1951 - 1 Jul 1960

Stations

* Mitchel AFB, New York, 1 Sep 1949 - 1 Aug 1950
* Stewart AFB, New York, 1 Aug 1950 - 1 Jul 1960

Components

Divisions
* 26th Air Division, Roslyn AFS, New York: Attached: 17 Nov 1949 - 31 Aug 1950: Assigned: 1 Sep 1950 - 1 Feb 1952: Assigned: 1 Feb 1952 - 1 Aug 1959
* 30th Air Division: Attached: 16 Dec 1949 - 1 Feb 1952, Selfridge AFB, Michigan: Assigned: 1 Feb 1952 - 1 Aug 1959, Willow Run AFS, Michigan
* 31st Air Division, Snelling AFS, Minnesota: Attached: 8 Oct - 27 Nov 1950: Assigned: 27 Nov 1950 - 1 Feb 1951
* 32d Air Division: Assigned: 1 Sep 1950 - 1 Feb 1952, Stewart AFB, New York: Assigned: 1 Feb 1952 - 1 Aug 1959, Syracuse AFS, New York
* 33d Air Division, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma: 19 Mar 1951-20 May 1951:: Transferred to Central Air Defense Force
* 35th Air Division, Dobbins AFB, Georgia: 10 Apr 1955-15 Nov 1958
* 37th Air Division, Trax Field, Wisconsin: 8 Sep 1955-1 Apr 1959
* 58th Air Division, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio: 8 Sep 1955-1 Feb 1959

Wings
* 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing: 10 Nov 1949-20 Feb 1950, Langley AFB, Virginia: 1 Aug - 19 Nov 1950, New Castle County Apt, Delaware
* 23d Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Presque Isle AFB, Maine: 12 Jan 1951-6 Feb 1952
* 33d Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Otis AFB, Massachusetts : 10 Nov 1949-6 Feb 1952: (33d Fighter-Interceptor Group 6 Feb 1952 - 1 Jul 1960):: 58th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949-1960):: 59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949-1952):: 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1949-1950, 1955-1960):: 437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1952-1956)
* 50th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Otis AFB, Massachusetts: 1 Sep 1950-2 Jun 1951
* 52d Fighter-Interceptor Wing, McGuire AFB, New Jersey: Attached: 10 Nov 1949-31 Aug 1950: Assigned: 1 Sep 1950-6 Feb 1952
* 56th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Selfridge AFB, Michigan : 1 Sep 1950-6 Feb 1952
* 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, Otis AFB, Massachusetts: 1 Jul 1957-1 Jul 1959

Groups
* 1st Fighter-Interceptor Group, Griffiss AFB, New York: 15 Aug 1950-3 Jun 1951:: (Detatched from 1st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, George AFB, California):: 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron:: 71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron
* 14th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Ethan Allen AFB, Vermont: 1952 - 1960:: 37th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 15th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Niagara Falls Apt, New York: 1952 - 1960:: 47th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 52d Fighter Group (Air Defense), Suffolk County AFB, New York: 18 Aug 1955 - 1 Jul 1960 :: 2nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 54th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Pittsburgh Apt, Pennsylvania: 18 Aug 1955 - 1958 :: 42d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 84th Fighter-All Weather Wing, McGuire AFB, New Jersey: 1 Sep 1950-2 Jun 1951
* 103d Fighter-Interceptor Group, Suffolk County AFB, New York: Connecticut Air National Guard: 1 Mar 1951 - 4 Dec 1952:: 118th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 113th Fighter-Interceptor Group. New Castle County Aprt, Delaware: District of Columbia Air National Guard: 1 Feb 1951 - 6 Feb 1952:: 121st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 142d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron:: 148th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
* 329th Fighter Group (Air Defense), Stewart AFB, New York: 18 Aug 1955- 1959:: 330th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1955-1959):: 331st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1955-1958)

Squadrons
* 10th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia: 1 Sep 1950-11 Sep 1951
* 27th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Griffiss AFB, New York: 15 Aug 1950-3 Jun 1951
* 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Griffiss AFB, New York: 15 Aug-24 Oct 1950
* 97th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio: 1 Dec 1950-20 May 1951

Active-Duty bases hosting EADF units

* Delaware: Dover AFB : New Castle AP
* Florida: Homestead AFB : Pine Castle/McCoy AFB : Tyndall AFB
* Maine: Dow AAF/AFB : Loring AFB : Presque Isle AFB
* Maryland: Andrews AFB
* Massachusetts: Hanscom AFB : Otis AFB : Westover AFB
* North Carolina: Seymour-Johnson AFB
* New Hampshire: Grenier AFB
* New Jersey: McGuire AFB
* New York: Griffis AFB : Mitchel AAF : Niagara Falls AP : Suffolk County AFB
* Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh IAP
* South Carolina: Charleston AFB
* Virginia: Langley AFB
* Vermont: Burlington AP/Ethan Allen AFB

* Non-US ADC Bases assigned to EADF: Goose Bay AB Labrador Canada: Harmon AB Newfoundland Canada : Thule AB Greenland Regions of ADC Air Defense Forces and known Air Force Bases with ADC units, 1949 - 1960Note: States containing ADC bases of Western & Central ADF and Eastern & Central ADF identified as Central/Western and Central/Easternreference [USAF Aerospace Defense Command publication, The Interceptor, January 1979 (Volume 21, Number 1).] [Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.] [Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129. ]

Operational History

Was responsible for the air defense of the Eastern United States. EADF's region was the continental United States essentially east of the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, along with ADC bases in Labrador, Canada and Greenland.

In August 1957, Canadian and United States officials announced the establishment of an integrated command in Colorado Springs, Colorado which would centralize operational control of continental air defense. On 12 September 1957, NORAD Headquarters operations commenced at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado. On 12 May 1958, the Canadian and US governments formally exchanged diplomatic notes which constituted the NORAD Agreement. The Eastern Air Defense Force was inactivated on 1 July 1960 when the NORAD Air Defense Sectors were established.

ee also

* Central Air Defense Force
* Western Air Defense Force

References

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