Many regular readers of this web log are probably aware that the World War II-era 371st Fighter Group was redesignated as the 142nd Fighter Group in May of 1946, and allotted to the State of Oregon as part of the buildup of America’s air reserve forces after World War II. Though renumbered, the lineage and honors established and earned by the 371st Fighter Group were bestowed upon the 142nd Fighter Group – in essence it is the same outfit with a different number. Many Air National Guard units have such a World War II heritage, though it is not always easy to make the connection given the postwar numerical redesignations.
Since that time the 142nd Fighter Group itself was redesignated and is now the 142nd Fighter Wing, flying the F-15 Eagle fighter jet and based at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. It too has the lineage and honors, and thus the 371st Fighter Group’s existence is perpetuated in the 142nd Fighter Wing.
The 142nd Fighter Wing takes pride in its heritage, and has an active history program which regularly produces historical products which include the 371st Fighter Group on the wing’s website, which you can find at: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/
The 142nd Fighter Wing also has a Facebook page where 371st Fighter Group history is also posted. The wing’s Public Affairs team made a post this week to commemorate the annual April 9th National Former Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Day, and 371st Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt pilot Lt. George R. Simmons was featured in a photo and caption to remember former prisoners of war on this day. See the photo and read the caption about him at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/142nd-Fighter-Wing/177417548948632?sk=wall