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Posted 12/28/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
480 Intelligence Wing Emblem
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Lineage. Established as 480 Antisubmarine Group (Separate) on 19 Jun 1943. Activated on 21 Jun 1943. Disestablished on 29 Jan 1944. Reestablished, and consolidated (31 Jul 1985) with the 580 Air Resupply and Communications Wing, which was established on 15 Mar 1951. Activated on 16 Apr 1951. Inactivated on 8 Sep 1953. Redesignated: 480 Special Operations Wing on 31 Jul 1985; 480 Intelligence Wing on 23 Oct 2003. Activated on 1 Dec 2003.

Assignments. AAF Antisubmarine (later, I Bomber) Command, 21 Jun 1943 (attached to: Northwest African Coastal Air Force, 21 Jun-25 Jul 1943; Northwest African Air Service Command, 26 Jul-22 Aug 1943; XII Fighter Command, 23 Aug-Nov 1943; Under operational control of US Navy Fleet Air Wing 15, 21 Jun 1943-unkn); Second Air Force, c. 1-29 Jan 1944. Air Resupply and Communications Service, 16 Apr 1951; United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Oct 1952-8 Sep 1953. Eighth Air Force, 1 Dec 2003-.

Components. Groups. 580 Air Resupply and Communications: 16 Apr 1951-8 Sep 1953.
Squadrons. 1 Antisubmarine: 21 Jun 1943-29 Jan 1944. 2 Antisubmarine: 21 Jun 1943-29 Jan 1944. 580 Air Resupply and Communications: attached 8 Apr 1952-8 Sep 1953.

Stations. Port Lyautey, French Morocco, 21 Jun-Nov 1943; Langley Field, VA, c. 18 Nov 1943; Clovis AAFld, NM, c. 1-29 Jan 1944. Mountain Home AFB, ID, 16 Apr 1951-17 Sep 1952; Wheelus Field, Libya, 22 Sep 1952-8 Sep 1953. Langley AFB, VA, 1 Dec 2003-.

Commanders. Col Jack Roberts, 21 Jun 1943-unkn. Col William O. Eareckson, 16 Apr 1951; Col John R. Kane, 12 Nov 1951; Col Frederick J. Knorre Jr., 8 May 1952; Col John R. Kane, 2 Jun 1952; Col Frederick J. Knorre Jr., 18 May 1953; Col Vincent M. Miles, 27 May-8 Sep 1953.

Aircraft. B-24, 1943-1944. C-119, 1951-1953; B-29, 1951-1953; SA-16, 1951-1953; C-47, 1953.

Operations. Activated in North Africa in Jun 1943, replacing a series of provisional organizations. Carried out antisubmarine patrols in an area of the Atlantic extending north and west from Morocco. Its antisubmarine activity reached a peak in Jul 1943 when enemy U-boats concentrated off the coast of Portugal to intercept convoys bound for the Mediterranean. Destroying and damaging several submarines during the month, the group aided in protecting supply lines to forces involved in the campaign for Sicily. It also participated in protection of convoys and engaged numerous enemy aircraft. In Sep 1943, part of the group moved temporarily to Tunisia and participated in the assault on Italy; missions included searching for enemy submarines, covering Allied convoys, and protecting the Italian fleet after the surrender of Italy. Moved to the US in Nov 1943 and disbanded in Jan 1944. The 580th Air Resupply and Communications Wing activated in Apr 1951 and trained in psychological warfare and unconventional operations in the US and Libya until inactivation in Sep 1953.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. Antisubmarine, EAME Theater; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: North African Theater of Operations [21 Jun]-28 Oct 1943.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 7 Nov 2003.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 8 Sep 1953.

Supersedes statement prepared c. Mar 1995. 

Emblem. Awaiting final approval and drawings. 

Prepared by Carl E. Bailey. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.

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