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33 FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON (AETC)

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Lineage. Constituted as 33 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 22 Dec 1939. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated as: 33 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 3 Feb 1944; 33 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 30 Apr 1946; 33 Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 28 Jul 1948. Discontinued and inactivated on 15 Mar 1963. Redesignated as 33 Flying Training Squadron on 9 Feb 1990. Activated on 11 May 1990. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1992. Activated on 1 Oct 1998.

Assignments. 22 Bombardment Group, 1 Feb 1940 (attached to 22 Bombardment Wing, 10 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 22 Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952-15 Mar 1963. 64 Flying Training Wing, 11 May 1990; 64 Operations Group, 15 Dec 1991-1 Oct 1992. 71 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1998-.
 
Stations. Patterson Field, OH, 1 Feb 1940; Langley Field, VA, 16 Nov 1940; Muroc, CA, 9 Dec 1941-28 Jan 1942; Brisbane, Australia, 25 Feb 1942; Ipswich, Australia, 1 Mar 1942; Antil Plains, Australia, 7 Apr 1942; Woodstock, Australia, 20 Jul 1942; Iron Range, Australia, 29 Sep 1942; Woodstock, Australia, 4 Feb 1943; Dobodura, New Guinea, 15 Oct 1943; Nadzab, New Guinea, c. 10 Jan 1944 (air echelon at Charters Towers, Australia, 11 Jan-19 Feb 1944); Owi Island, New Guinea, 14 Aug 1944; Angaur, Palau Islands, 26 Nov 1944; Samar, Philippine Islands, 21 Jan 1945; Clark Field, Luzon, 12 Mar 1945; Okinawa, 15 Aug 1945; Ft William McKinley, Luzon, 23 Nov 1945; Kadena AB, Okinawa, 15 Jun 1946-c. 7 May 1948; Smoky Hill AFB, KS, 18 May 1948 (deployed at RAF Station Lakenheath, England, c. 16 Nov 1948-c. 14 Feb 1949); March AFB, CA, 10 May 1949-15 Mar 1963 (deployed at: RAF Station Lakenheath, England, 18 Nov 1949-16 Feb 1950; Kadena AB, Okinawa, 8 Jul-29 Oct 1950; RAF Station Wynton, England, 5 Sep-9 Dec 1951; RAF Station Upper Heyford, England, 9 Dec 1953-5 Mar 1954). Reese AFB, TX, 11 May 1990-1 Oct 1992. Vance AFB, OK, 1 Oct 1998-.

Commanders. 1Lt Theodore Q. Graff, 1 Feb 1940; 1Lt Vernet V. Poupitch, 25 Apr 1940; 1Lt Charles M. Stockdale, 29 May 1940; 1Lt Theodore Q. Graff, 25 Jul 1940; Maj William Ball, 18 Nov 1940; Maj George H. Sparhawk, 15 May 1941; Maj Dwight Devine II, 11 Aug 1941; 1Lt William A. Garnett, 12 Dec 1941; Capt Hubert J. Kcnopack, 26 Apr 1942; Maj Hugh B. Manson, 13 Sep 1942; Maj Richard W. Robinson, 26 Apr 1943; Maj John H. Disbro, 28 Dec 1943; Maj Roger E. Kindig, 1 May 1944; Maj Arthur C. Henry, 14 Aug 1944; Maj Albert H. Hutchinson, Jr., 8 Feb 1945; Capt Edwin H. Gibb, Jr., 14 Sep-c. 31 Oct 1945; unmanned, c. 1 Nov 1945-14 Jun 1946; Maj Lowell B. Fisher, 15 Jun 1946; Lt Col Roy N. Millyer, Jr., Aug 1947; Capt William P. Lemme, 1 Apr 1948; Maj Edward M. Nichols, Jr., 27 Sep 1948; Lt Col Ralph A. Reeve, 11 Aug 1949; Col Willard W. Wilson, Jun 1950; Lt Col Cecil C. Metz, 14 Jan 1952; Maj Joseph F. Nesmith, 6 Mar 1952; Lt Col Earle E. Sweetland, Jul 1952; Maj Stanley E. Tucker, Nov 1952 (acting); Lt Col Earle E. Sweetland, c. 29 Jan 1953; Lt Col David C. Jones, Jul 1954; Col Paul H. Francis, 21 Aug 1954; Maj Joseph W. Cotton, Jr., 9 Feb 1956 (temporary); Lt Col Robert H. Murray, Mar 1956; Lt Col Norman J. Keefer, 9 May 1958; Maj Robert M. Halferty, Jun 1960 (acting); Lt Col Roy H. Crew, Sept 1960; Lt Col Jeo J. Casagrande, May 1961; Lt Col Gayle C. Miller, Jun 1962-15 Mar 1963. Lt Col Billy G. Hill, 11 May 1990; Lt Col Michael Miller, 25 Jun-1 Oct 1992. Lt Col Richard C. Warner, 1 Oct 1998; Cmdr Michael Shea, USN, 21 Nov 2000; Lt Col Robby A. Kyrouac, 28 Mar 2002; Cmdr John R. Wood, USN, 13 Jun 2003; Lt Col Timothy M. Miller, 17 Jun 2004; Cmdr Scott D. Horadan, USN, 30 Jun 2005; Lt Col Steve Fournier, 21 Apr 2006-7 June 2007; Cmdr Kory R. Fierstine, USN, 7 June 2007; Lt Col Robert J. Capozzella, 1 August 2008; Cmdr Todd A. Bahlau, USN, 26 June 2009-.

Aircraft. B-18, 1940-1941; B-26, 1941-1943; B-25, 1943-1944; B-24, 1944-1945; B-29, 1946-1952; B-47, 1953-1963. T-37, 1990-1992. T-37, 1998-2006. A-6, 2005-.

Operations. Flew coastal defense and antisubmarine patrol from California, Dec 1941-Jan 1942. Combat in Southwest Pacific with B-26s, mainly against Japanese shipping, 5 Apr 1942-7 Jan 1943. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for its contribution to the allied campaign in Papua, especially on the Lae and Buna fronts. Transitioned to B-25s in 1943, then returned to combat, 7 Oct 1943-early Jan 1944. Received a second DUC for helping destroy enemy entrenchments blocking an Australian advance on 5 Nov 1943. Transitioned to B-24 heavy bombers and returned to combat against the Japanese up the island chain to the Philippines and other Western Pacific and Chinese coastal areas, 10 Mar 1944-July 1945. Combat B-29 bombing sorties over Korea, 13 Jul-21 Oct 1950. Conducted undergraduate pilot training for active Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard from 1990 to 1992 and since 1998.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; East Indies; Papua; Bismarck Archipelago; New Guinea; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Western Pacific; Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater; Antisubmarine, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Korea: UN Defensive; UN Offensive.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Papua, 23 Jul 1942-[7] Jan 1943; New Guinea, 5 Nov 1943. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: [1 Oct] 1998-30 Jun 1999; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2000; 1 Jul 2000-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2004; 1 Jul 2004-30 Jun 2005. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 10 Jul-24 Oct 1950.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Commanders, Aircraft, and Honors through 17 Feb 2010.

Emblem. Approved on 10 Apr 1941, modified on 21 Jul 1998.

Supersedes statement prepared on 26 Jun 2000.

Prepared by Robert B. Kane.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.







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