WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT of the new 82nd Fighter Group at Grenier Field beginning in April 1947, the personnel level at the airbase grew rapidly. By that summer what had been a skeleton crew of 120 men had grown to a population of over 1,400. In the interest of promoting group cohesion and of …

GRENIER FIELD IN MANCHESTER, a former World War II U.S. Army airbase, was repurposed in the spring of 1947 as the home of the new 82nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces and the host base for the newly established New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 133rd Fighter Squadron. The base was…

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