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43 ELECTRONIC COMBAT SQUADRON

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Lineage. Organized as 86th Aero Squadron on 17 Aug 1917. Demobilized on 26 May 1919. Reconstituted, and consolidated (1 Dec 1936) with 86th Observation Squadron, which was constituted and activated on 1 Mar 1935. Inactivated on 1 Sep 1936. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated: 86th Observation Squadron (Medium) on 26 Feb 1942; 86th Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 86th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bomber) on 31 May 1943; 86th Combat Mapping Squadron on 13 Nov 1943; 43d Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Photographic, on 16 Jun 1945. Inactivated on 22 Feb 1946. Redesignated 43d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night-Photographic, on 14 Jan 1954. Activated on 18 Mar 1954. Redesignated 43d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo-Jet, on 8 Apr 1956. Inactivated on 18 May 1959. Redesignated 43d Electronic Combat Squadron on 6 Jun 1986. Activated on 1 Oct 1986. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1991. Activated on 1 May 1992.

Assignments. Unkn, 17 Aug 1917-Sep 1918; Advanced Air Service Depot, Sep 1918-Mar 1919; unkn, Mar-26 May 1919. Air Corps Tactical School, 1 Mar 1935-1 Sep 1936. Hawaiian Department, 1 Feb 1940; Hawaiian (later, Seventh) Air Force, Nov 1940; AAF, Pacific Ocean Areas (later, US Army Strategic Air Forces), 24 Oct 1944 (attached to VI Air Service Area Command, 24 Oct 1944-14 Sep 1945; detachment attached to 4th Reconnaissance Group, Jun-Aug 1945); US Army Forces, Middle Pacific, 14 Sep 1945 (attached to 7th Fighter Wing to 22 Feb 1946); Twentieth Air Force, 18 Sep 1945; Seventh Air Force, 1 Jan-22 Feb 1946. 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 18 Mar 1954; 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Feb 1958-18 May 1959 (attached to 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, c. 1 Feb-7 Apr 1959). 66th Electronic Combat Wing, 1 Oct 1986-31 Jul 1991. 355th Operations Group, 1 May 1992-.

Stations. Kelly Field, TX, 17 Aug 1917; Scott Field, IL, 24 Sep 1917; Garden City, NY, 26 Feb-5 Mar 1918; Shoreham by Sea, England, 25 Mar-11 Aug 1918; St Maixent, France, 15 Aug 1918; Romorantin, France, c. 25 Aug 1918; Vavincourt, France, 4 Sep 1918; Behonne, France, 18 Sep 1918; Bordeaux, France, c. 9 Mar 1919-unkn; Camp Lee, VA, c. 23-26 May 1919. Maxwell Field, AL, 1 Mar 1935-1 Sep 1936. Wheeler Field, TH, 1 Feb 1940; Bellows Field, TH, 15 Mar 1941; Hilo Aprt, TH, Jun 1942; Wheeler Field, TH, 17 Aug 1942-c. 28 Jun 1944 (detachment operated from Kwajalein, May-Jun 1944, and from Eniwetok, Jun-Aug 1944); Saipan, 8 Jul-6 Nov 1944 (air echelon, less Eniwetok detachment, at Wheeler Field, TH, to Oct 1944, and at Kahuka AAB, TH, from Oct 1944); Kahuka AAB, TH, 24 Nov 1944 (detachment operated from Puerta Princesa, Palawan, Jun-Aug 1945); Wheeler Field, TH, Feb-22 Feb 1946. Shaw AFB, SC, 18 Mar 1954-18 May 1959. Sembach AB, Germany, 1 Oct 1986-31 Jul 1991. Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 May 1992-.

Aircraft. Included O-19 during period 1935-1936. In addition to O-47, 1940-1943, and B-18, 1942-1943, included B-12, 1940-1942, O-49, 1941-1942; and A-20, A-24, L-2, L-3, PQ-8, and AT-23, 1943; principally F-7, 1944-1945. RB-57, 1954-1956; RB-66, 1956-1959. EC-130, 1987-1991. EC-130, 1992-.

Operations. Air Park in Zone of Advance, Sep 1918-Mar 1919. Patrols over Hawaiian waters, 7 Dec 1941-c. May 1942; combat in Central Pacific and Western Pacific, 14 Apr-8 Aug 1944; primarily aerial transportation, Feb-Jul 1945; reconnaissance in Southwest Pacific, 6 Jul-c. 5 Aug 1945. Photographic reconnaissance over the southwestern US, Mar 1954-May 1959. Electronic countermeasures, 1987-1991 and 1992-. Provided crewmen and equipment for electronic combat operations during the Gulf War, 17 Jan-10 Mar 1991.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War I: Meuse-Argonne. World War II: Central Pacific; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific; Southern Philippines; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jun 1989-31 May 1991.

Emblem. On a disc divided horizontally Red above White, a Black bat displayed throughout detailed White with Red eyes and mouth wearing a Silver Gray helmet and a Blue scarf detailed Black; all within a narrow Black border. Approved on 5 Nov 1987 (DFSC 88-01580); replaced emblem approved on 29 Apr 1955 (152520 A.C.).







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