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53 WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (AFRC)

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Lineage. Constituted 3 Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Air Route, Medium on 7 Aug 1944. Activated on 31 Aug 1944. Redesignated: 3 Reconnaissance Squadron, Weather, Heavy on 26 Jan 1945; 53 Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Weather on 15 Jun 1945; 53 Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Weather on 27 Nov 1945. Inactivated on 15 Oct 1947. Redesignated 53 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Weather on 22 Jan 1951. Activated on 21 Feb 1951. Redesignated 53 Weather Reconnaissance Squadron on 15 Feb 1954. Discontinued on 18 Mar 1960. Organized on 8 Jan 1962. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1991. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Nov 1993.

Assignments. North Atlantic Division, 31 Aug 1944; Air Transport Command, 12 Jan 1945; 311 Photographic (later, 311 Reconnaissance) Wing, 15 Feb 1945; Air Transport Command, 13 Mar 1946; Air Weather Service, 20 Mar 1946-15 Oct 1947. 2108 Air Weather Group, 21 Feb 1951; Air Weather Service, 2 May 1951; 9 Weather Group, 20 Apr 1953; 2058 Air Weather Wing, 25 Nov 1953; 2 Weather Wing, 8 Feb 1954-18 Mar 1960. 9 Weather Reconnaissance Group, 8 Jan 1962; 9 Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jul 1965; 41 Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Sep 1975; Air Rescue Service, 1 Aug 1989-30 Jun 1991. 403 Operations Group, 1 Nov 1993-.

Stations. Presque Isle AAFld, ME, 31 Aug 1944; Grenier Field, NH, 9 Nov 1944; Morrison Field, FL, 8 Nov 1946-21 Jul 1947; Kindley Field, Bermuda, 17 Aug-15 Oct 1947. Kindley AFB, Bermuda, 21 Feb 1951-5 Nov 1953; Burtonwood Air Depot (later, RAF Burtonwood), England, 7 Nov 1953; RAF Alconbury, England, 25 Apr 1959; RAF Mildenhall, England, 10 Aug 1959-18 Mar 1960. Kindley AFB, Bermuda, 8 Jan 1962-1 Jul 1963; Hunter AFB, GA, 31 Aug 1963; Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, 15 Jun 1966; Keesler AFB, MS, 1 Jul 1973-30 Jun 1991. Keesler AFB, MS, 1 Nov 1993-.

Commanders. Unkn, Aug 1944-Jan 1945; Lt Col Karl T. Rauk, Feb 1945; Lt Col George L. Newton, Jr., 19 Jun 1945; Maj John N. Hawley, 12 Sep 1946; Lt Col James H. Starbuck, 16 Oct 1946; Lt Col Robert G. David, 16 Jun-15 Oct 1947. Col Stanley I. Hand, 21 Feb 1951; Lt Col Richard D. Stowell, 4 Dec 1952; Col William W. Riser, Jr., 17 May 1956; Lt Col John H. Mohn, 1 Jun 1959-18 Mar 1960. Col Arnold E. Zimmerman, 8 Jan 1962; Col Eugene C. Wernette, by Aug 1964; Lt Col Dwight W. Hartman, 15 Jun 1966; Col Robert L. Moeller, 18 Aug 1966; Col George D. Thurman, 12 Aug 1968; Col Jerrie C. Wells, 20 Feb 1970; Lt Col John T. Reeves, 7 Feb 1971; Col Keith D. Ricks, 1 Apr 1971; Lt Col Lawrence E. Pennington, 25 May 1972; Col Donald R. Gibson, 1 Apr 1974; Lt Col Albert D. Purvis, 14 Jul 1975; Lt Col John D. Laughlin, 21 Oct 1977; Lt Col Thomas L. Shera, 14 Apr 1978; Lt Col Theron J. May, 10 Oct 1980; Lt Col Donald K. Whitney, 9 Aug 1982; Lt Col Dennis D. Wood, 31 Jul 1984; Lt Col Christopher D. Mays, 28 May 1986; Lt Col James L. Donnelly, 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1991. Lt Col Thomas W. Fell, Jr., 1 Nov 1993; Lt Col James P. Marcotte, 26 Oct 1994; Lt Col Lamart J. Buggage, 13 Jul 1997-.

Aircraft. RB-17, 1945-1946; TB-17, 1945-1947; B-25, 1946-1947; B-29, 1946-1947. WB-29, 1951-1956; WB-50, 1956-1960. WB-50, 1962-1963; WB-47, 1963-1969; C-130, 1965; WC-130, 1965-1991; RC-130, 1974-1975; HC-130, 1976. WC-130, 1993-.

Operations. Weather reconnaissance over seas adjacent to the United States, 1945-1947. Flew into tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea to provide atmospheric data to the US Weather Service, 1946-1947, 1951-1960, 1962-1991, and 1993-. Supported unit deployments overseas and space launches from Florida by flying along routes to provide weather data since 1962, and began flights into winter storms in 1969. Conducted atmospheric sampling and flew some non-weather reconnaissance and search and rescue missions over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Army Meritorious Unit Commendation: 23 May-31 Oct 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1958-30 Sep 1959; 1 Jul 1967-30 Jun 1968; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1971; 1 Sep 1975-1 May 1977; 16 Jul 1977-16 Jul 1979; 17 Jul 1979-15 Jun 1981; 1 Apr 1984-31 Mar 1986; 1 Apr 1986-31 Mar 1988; [1 Nov 1993]-30 Apr 1994; 1 May 1994-30 Apr 1996; 1 May 1996-31 Aug 1997.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 12 Jan 2001.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 1998.

Supersedes statement prepared on 6 Feb 1997. 

Emblem. CSAF approved emblem never registered. 

Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.







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