503rd Aircraft Control and Warning Group


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CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
TypeAir Defense Warning and Control
Part ofAir Defense Command
First Air Force
26th Air Division

The 503d Aircraft Control and Warning Group (AC&WG) is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Air Defense Command (ADC)'s 26th Air Division at Roslyn AFS New York. It was inactivated in 1952.


Activated as an ADC Aircraft Control and Warning Group, forming radar squadrons in the late 1940s and the early 1950s and deploying them around the New York, New Jersey area under First Air Force and the 26th Air Division. On 16 April 1950, the reserve 563d Aircraft Control and Warning Group was activated as a Corollary unit at Roslyn, sharing the 503d's equipment and facilities. The 563d was called to active duty on 2 June 1951 and was inactivated, with its personnel used as fillers for the 503d.


  • Constituted as the 503d Aircraft Warning Group, 1 April 1948
  • Activated on 1 April 1948
Redesignated 503d Aircraft Control and Warning Group, 6 December 1949
Inactivated on 6 February 1952
Disbanded on 21 September 1984.




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Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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