73 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.


Lineage. Constituted 73 Troop Carrier Squadron on 30 Jan 1943. Activated on 9 Feb 1943. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1946. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1947. Redesignated 73 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 Jul 1949. Ordered to Active Service on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 1 Feb 1953. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Feb 1953. Inactivated on 24 Mar 1954. Activated in the Reserve on 8 Jun 1957. Ordered to Active Service on 28 Oct 1962. Relieved from Active Duty on 28 Nov 1962. Redesignated: 73 Military Airlift Squadron on 1 Apr 1967; 73 Aeromedical Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 25 Jul 1969; 73 Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1994. 

Assignments. 434 Troop Carrier Group, 9 Feb 1943-31 Jul 1946. 434 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Aug 1947; 436 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Jul 1948; 434 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Jul 1949-1 Feb 1953. 434 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Feb 1953-24 Mar 1954. 434 Troop Carrier Group, 8 Jun 1957; 434 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959; 932 Troop Carrier (later, 932 Military Airlift; 932 Aeromedical Airlift) Group, 11 Feb 1963; 932 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-. 

Stations. Alliance AAFld, NE, 9 Feb 1943; Baer Field, IN, 4-9 Sep 1943; Fulbeck, England, 7 Oct 1943; Welford Park, England, 10 Dec 1943; Fulbeck, England, 10 Jan 1944; Aldermaston, England, 3 Mar 1944; Mourmelon-le-Grand, France, 12 Mar-Jun 1945; Baer Field, IN, 5 Aug 1945; Alliance AAFld, NE, 15 Sep 1945; George Field, IL, 11 Oct 1945; Greenville AAB, SC, 2 Feb-31 Jul 1946. Lunken Aprt, OH, 1 Aug 1947; Atterbury AFB, IN, 1 Jul 1949; Lawson AFB, GA, 23 Jan 1952-1 Feb 1953. Atterbury AFB, IN, 1 Feb 1953-24 Mar 1954. Dress Memorial Aprt, IN, 8 Jun 1957; Scott AFB, IL, 16 Nov 1957-. 

Commanders. Capt Dowling, Feb 1943; Lt Col Terry G. Hutton, c. 7 Jun 1943; Maj Kenneth E. Smith, by Sep 1945; Lt Col Hollis B. Tara, 8 Oct 1945-Jul 1946. Unkn (possibly not manned), 1 Aug 1947-Apr 1951; Maj Charles E. Dougan, by May 1951; Maj Warren L. Johnson, 28 Dec 1951; Maj Charles E. Dougan, 1 Jul 1952; Maj Richard E. Hobson, 11 Sep 1952-1953. Unkn, 1 Feb 1953-24 Mar 1954. Unkn, 8 Jun 1957-1958; Lt Col Philip G. Kuhn, 24 Jan 1959; Lt Col Leonard F. Deist, 11 Feb 1963; Lt Col Charles J. Mueth, 1 Jul 1968; Lt Col Jack D. Songer, 3 Dec 1968; Col Leonard F. Deist, by Aug 1969; Lt Col Jack D. Songer, 1 Feb 1972; Lt Col Irving D. Richardson, 1 Mar 1972; Lt Col Jackie L. VanHoorebeke, 18 Jun 1973; Lt Col Wesley W. Bass, 4 Dec 1974; Lt Col James C. Ranson, 23 May 1976; Lt Col Robert Blanchard, 23 Jul 1979 (temporary); Col James C. Ranson, 6 Sep 1979; Col Harold J. C. Gerry, 30 Jul 1981; Col Rolf A. Wehr Jr., 26 Oct 1982; Col Keith R. Elbert, 1 Dec 1986; Lt Col Thomas M. Kessler, c. May 1989; Lt Col Robert A. Seitz, 5 Apr 1990; Lt Col Charles J. Blumer, 11 Jan 1992; Lt Col James W.Whitaker, 22 Mar 1993; Lt Col Timothy R. Hoffman, 9 Mar 1996; Lt Col James H. Ruffner, 6 Apr 1997; Lt Col James R. Long Jr., 7 Mar 1998-. 

Aircraft. Principally C-47, 1943-1946; GC-4A gliders, 1943-1945; C-46, 1945-1946. Unkn, 1947-1948; T-7, 1949-1952; T-11, 1949-1952; C-47, 1949; C-46, 1949-1953. T-6, 1953; T-11, 1953; C-45, 1953-1954. C-46, 1957; C-119, 1957-1967; C-124, 1967-1969; C-9, 1969-. 

Operations. Airborne assaults on Normandy, Holland, and Germany; relief of Bastogne; transportation of passengers and cargo in ETO during World War II. Transported personnel, equipment and supplies and airdropped airborne troops and equipment, 1957-1967; long range movement of troops, cargo, and equipment, 1965-1969; and trained for space capsule recovery, 1961-1969. Augmented the active duty 375th Wing in operating the aeromedical airlift system, 1969-. 

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, [6]-7 Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 20 Aug 1969-30 Jun 1971; 1 Jan 1972-31 Mar 1973; 24 Jul 1975-23 Jul 1977; 29 Sep 1980-30 Jun 1982; 1 Jun 1986-31 Jul 1988; 1 Jan 1993-1 Aug 1994. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: 6-7 Jun 1944; 20-28 Aug 1944. French Fourragere. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1967-24 Jul 1969. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 19 Dec 2001. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 1998. 

Supersedes published information contained in Maurer Maurer (ed.), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (Washington: USGPO, 1969). 

Emblem. Approved on 23 May 1984; slightly modified on 31 Jul 1996. 

Prepared by Judy G. Endicott.