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13th Air Expeditionary Group
13th Air Expeditionary Group - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 13th Air Expeditionary Group
Active 1941-1942; 2007-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Bombardment; Antisubmarine warfare
Garrison/HQ Hickam AFB, Hawaii
304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III

304th EAS C-17 sits on the ice runway at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 21, 2011.

139th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron - C-130 McMurdo Station

An LC-130 Hercules is unloaded Nov. 27 on the ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during Operation Deep Freeze.


World War II unit emblem of the 13th Bombardment Group

The 13th Air Expeditionary Group is a provisional United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to Air Mobility Command, based at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.


The 13 AEG was re-activated by Air Mobility Command as the air component of Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica (JTF-SFA). The 13 AEG commander is dual hatted as the deputy commander, JTF-SFA.[1][2]



Organized in early 1941 as a First Air Force bombardment group equipped with B-18 Bolos. After the United States entered World War II the group was ordered to search for German U-Boats and to fly aerial coverage of friendly convoys off the east coast. Reassigned to Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command in October 1942 and inactivated shortly afterwards, its component squadrons being redesignated Antisubmarine Squadrons and reassigned to the 25th Antisubmarine Wing.


  • Constituted as 13th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 20 November 1940
Inactivated on 30 November 1942
  • Re-designated 13th Air Expeditionary Group, and converted to provisional status in 2007


Attached to: Thirteenth Air Force, 2007-Present


An air echelon was attached to the: Caribbean Sea Frontier, United States Navy, 30 August-9 October 1942 and 16 October-15 November 1942
An air echelon was attached to the: 99th Bombardment Squadron, 9–16 October 1942



PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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