4734th Air Defense Group

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4734th Air Defense Group Air Defense Command.png
74th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-89s Thule 1955.jpg
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeFighter Interceptor, Warning & Control
RoleAir Defense
Part ofAir Defense Command
EquipmentNorthrop F-89 Scorpion

The 4734th Air Defense Group is a discontinued United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the 64th Air Division (AD) at Thule Air Base, Greenland, where it was discontinued in 1958. The group was formed in 1957 when ADC assumed responsibility for air defense of Greenland from Northeast Air Command. It controlled a fighter-interceptor squadron at Thule and a squadron operating a radar at nearby Pingarsuak Mountain. It was discontinued in 1958 and its mission transferred to the 64th AD in Newfoundland.


The group was organized in 1957 as a command and control organization at Thule Air Base by Air Defense Command (ADC) when ADC took over the atmospheric defense assets of the inactivating Northeast Air Command (NEAC) at the base in 1957.[1] It was assigned to the 64th AD[1] to manage ADC fighter and radar units at Thule. Its squadrons had both been assigned to the 64th AD when the division was a NEAC unit.[2][3] Its 74th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (FIS) flew Northrop F-89 Scorpion aircraft.[4] The group was a tenant organization at Thule AB, a Strategic Air Command base, whose 4083d Air Base Group was the host organization for the base.[5] The 4734th was discontinued[1] due to funding cutbacks[citation needed] in 1958, and its assets were assumed directly by the 64th AD,[2][3] with the establishment of Detachment 1, 64th AD at Thule.[6]


  • Organized as 4734th Air Defense Group on 1 April 1957
Discontinued on 1 May 1958


  • 64th Air Division, 1 April 1957 – 1 May 1958


Thule AB, Greenland, 1 April 1957 – 1 May 1958
Thule AB, Greenland, 1 April 1957 – 1 May 1958 (located on Pingarsuak Mountain)


  • Thule AB, Greenland, 1 April 1957 – 1 May 1958


  • F-89C, 1957-1958


  • Col James T. Jarman, 1 Apr 1957 - 1 May 1958[8]

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  1. ^ a b c Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946-1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. p. 89.
  2. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 272. ISBN 0-912799-02-1.
  3. ^ a b c Cornett & Johnson, p.105
  4. ^ Cornett & Johnson, p. 118
  5. ^ Fletcher, Harry R (1993). Air Force Bases, Vol. II, Air Bases Outside the United States of America (PDF). Washington, DC: Center for Air Force History. p. 184.
  6. ^ Abstract, History of 4083 Strat Wg, May 1958 (retrieved Jan 20, )
  7. ^ Robertson, Patsy (6 May 2013). "74 Fighter Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  8. ^ Abstract, History of 4734th Air Def Gp, Apr 1957-May 1958 (retrieved Jan 20, 2012)


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

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