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563 RESCUE GROUP (AFSOC)

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Lineage. Constituted 3 Emergency Rescue Squadron on 14 Feb 1944. Activated on 15 Feb 1944. Redesignated: 3 Rescue Squadron on 28 Jan 1948; 3 Air Rescue Squadron on 10 Aug 1950; 3 Air Rescue Group on 14 Nov 1952. Inactivated on 18 Jun 1957. Redesignated 3 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, and activated, on 14 Dec 1965. Organized on 8 Jan 1966. Inactivated on 31 Jan 1976. Redesignated 563 Rescue Group on 29 Jul 2003. Activated on 1 Oct 2003.

Assignments. Army Air Forces Training Command, 15 Feb 1944; AAF Eastern Technical Training Command, 4 Mar 1944; Thirteenth Air Force, 28 Jul 1944; Fifth Air Force, 17 Aug 1944 (under operational control of V Bomber Command, 26 Aug-2 Oct 1944); 5276 Rescue Composite Group (Provisional), 2 Oct 1944; 5 Emergency Rescue Group, 16 Mar 1945; V Bomber Command, 21 Nov 1945; 314 Composite Wing, 31 May 1946; Fifth Air Force, 6 Jun 1946; Air Rescue Service, 1 May 1949-18 Jun 1957 (attached to Fifth Air Force, 1 May 1949-18 May 1951; 314 Air Division, 18 May 1951-14 Nov 1952; Japanese Air Defense Force; 14 Nov 1952-1 Aug 1954; Far East Air Forces, 1 Aug 1954-18 Jun 1957). Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (later, 41 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing; 41 Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing), 8 Jan 1966-31 Jan 1976. 347 Rescue Wing, 1 Oct 2003-.

Components. Squadrons. 33 Air Rescue: 20 Sep 1955-18 Jun 1957. 36 Air Rescue: 14 Nov 1952-18 Jun 1957. 37 Air Rescue (later, 37 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery): 14 Nov 1952-8 May 1955; 8 Jan 1966-20 Aug 1972. 38 Air Rescue (later, 38 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery): 14 Nov 1952-18 Jun 1957; 8 Jan 1966-1 Jul 1972. 39 Air Rescue (later, 39 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery): 14 Nov 1952-18 Jun 1957; 18 Jan 1967-30 Apr 1972. 40 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery: 18 Mar 1968-20 Aug 1972. 48 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-. 55 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-. 56 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery: 8 Jul-20 Aug 1972. 58 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-. 60 Air Rescue: 8 Apr 1956-18 Jun 1957. 66 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-. 79 Rescue: 1 Oct 2003-. 2157 Air Rescue: 1 Mar 1953-8 Apr 1956.
Flights. A: Atsugi AAB, Japan, 29 Jan-1 Sep 1946; Yokota AAB, Japan, 1 Sep 1946-1 Apr 1950; Johnson AB, Japan, 1 Apr 1950-14 Nov 1952. B: Misawa AB, Japan, 29 Jun 1946-1 Sep 1949; Yokota AB, Japan, 1 Sep 1949-8 Aug 1950; Misawa AB, Japan, 8 Aug-11 Nov 1950; Yokota AB, Japan, 11 Nov 1950-12 Sep 1951; Komaki AB, Japan, 12 Sep 1951-14 Nov 1952. C: Ashiya AAB, Japan, 26 Jun 1946-1 Sep 1949; Misawa AB, Japan, 1 Sep 1949-14 Nov 1952. D: Kimpo AS, South Korea, 28 Mar 1946-unkn; Itami Air Field, Japan, unkn-27 Apr 1949; Ashiya AB, Japan, 27 Apr 1949-14 Nov 1952.
Detachments. 1946-1952: Det 1: Seoul Airdrome, South Korea, unkn-12 Jan 1951; Taegu AB, South Korea, 12 Jan-15 Jun 1951; Yongdong-po, South Korea, 15 Jun-20 Nov 1951; Seoul, South Korea, 20 Nov 1951-1 Mar 1953. Det 3: Ashiya AAB, Japan, Unkn-3 Sep 1946. Itazuke AAB, Japan, 3 Sep 1946-14 Nov 1952.
Detachments. 1966-1972: Det 1 (Da Nang AB, South Vietnam): 8 Jan-15 Dec 1966; Det 1 (Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam): 1 Jul 1971-31 Jan 1972. Det 2 (Udorn RTAFB, Thailand): 8 Jan-15 Dec 1966. Det 3 (Ubon RTAFB, Thailand): 1 Jul 1971-30 Aug 1972. Det 4 (Korat RTAFB, Thailand): 1 Jul 1971-8 Jul 1972. Det 5 (Udorn RTAFB, Thailand): 1 Jul-20 Aug 1972. Det 6 (Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam): 1 Jul-15 Dec 1971. Det 7 (DaNang AB, South Vietnam): 1 Jul-10 Aug 1971. Det 9 (Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand): 1 Jul-10 Sep 1971. Det 12 (U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand): 1 Jul 1971-20 Aug 1972. Det 13 (Phu Cat AB, South Vietnam): 1 Jul-10 Nov 1971. Det 14 (Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam): 1 Jul 1971-20 Aug 1972. 

Stations. Gulfport AAFld, MS, 15 Feb 1944; Keesler Field, MS, 1 Apr 1944; (ground echelon left on 18 May 1944 and arrived at Oakland AAB, CA, 20 May 1944; Brisbane, Australia, 17 Jun 1944; Oro Bay, New Guinea, 20 Jun 1944; Biak, 2 Sep 1944); (air echelon left Keesler Field on 5 Jul 1944 and arrived at Sacramento Air Depot, CA, 6 Jul 1944; Fairfield Suison AAF, CA, 15 Aug 1944. Brisbane, Australia, 1 Sep 1944; and joined ground echelon at Biak, 29 Sep 1944); Dulag, Leyte, Nov 1944; Tacloban, Leyte, 1 Apr 1945; Floridablanca, Luzon, 21 May 1945; Ie Shima, Japan, 15 Sep 1945; Atsugi, Japan, 6 Oct 1945; Nagoya, Japan, 17 Jun 1946; Yokota AB, Japan, 15 Jul 1947; Johnson AB, Japan, 1 Apr 1950; Nagoya AB (later, Nagoya Air Station; Moriyama Air Station), 9 Dec 1953-18 Jun 1957. Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 8 Jan 1966; Nakhan Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, 15 Feb 1973; U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, 15 Sep 1975-31 Jan 1976. Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, 1 Oct 2003-.

Commanders. None (not manned), 15-28 Feb 1944; Capt Robert S. Register, 28 Feb 1944; Maj Edward F. Tyminski, 3 Mar 1944; Maj Hugh O'Daniel, 19 Mar 1944; Maj Selden X. Bailey, 12 Jan 1945; unkn, Jun-24 Oct 1945; 1Lt Robert D. Roth, 24 Oct 1945; Capt Cecil J. Hewlett, 10 Nov 1945; Capt Claude P. Spence, Nov 1946; Lt Col Cyrus W. Kitchens, 5 Dec 1946; Capt William H. Nichols, 23 Jun 1947; Lt Col Wesely H. Vernon, 28 Jul 1947; Maj Everett A. McDonald, Jan 1948; Lt Col David J. Nolan, Mar 1948; Maj Harvey E. Beedy, 25 Jul 1950; Maj Theodore P. Tatum, 16 Aug 1950; Col Klair E. Back, 28 Aug 1950; Lt Col Robert B. Keck (acting), 3 Jun 1953; Col Tracy J. Petersen, 15 Jul 1953; Col Gene L. Douglas, 1 May 1956; Col Collier H. Davidson, 18 May-18 Jun 1957. Col Arthur W. Beall, 8 Jan 1966; Col Albert P. Lovelady, 1 Nov 1966; Col Paul E. Leske, 6 Oct 1967; Col Hollon H. Bridges, 20 Sep 1968; Col Rayvon Burleson (acting), 17 Jun 1969; Col Malcolm C. Frazee, 17 Aug 1969; Col Frederick V. Sohle Jr., 17 Jul 1970; Col George C. Pinyerd, 18 Oct 1970; Col Herbert Leong, c. Jul 1971; Col Warner A. Britton, by Nov 1971; Col Cecil N. Muirhead Jr., 13 Jan 1972; Col Herbert R. Zehnder, by Jan 1973; Col Richard F. Burdett, 17 Dec 1973; Lt Col Melvin D. Mueller (acting), 11 Dec 1974; Lt Col Charles E. Trapp, 2 Jan 1975; Lt Col Cleveland E. Forrester, 3 Dec 1975-31 Jan 1976.

Aircraft. OA-10, 1944-1947; B-17/SB-17, 1945-1957; C-47/SC-47, 1945-1957; L-5, 1947-1957; R-6/H-6, 1947-1949; H-5, 1948-1954; SB-29, 1949-1955; SA-16, 1950-1957; H-19/SH-19, 1951-1957; SC-54, 1956-1957. HH-43, 1966-1975; HH-3, 1966-1970; HH-53, 1967-1975; HU-16, 1966-1967; HC-130, 1966-1975; UH-1, 1975.

Operations. Flew combat rescue and evacuation missions 1944-1945 at Biak Island and in the Philippines. Provided courier service, carried supplies and messages, evacuated allied prisoners and wounded personnel, and occasionally provided reconnaissance. From 1946-1950 provided rescue capabilities in Japan. Flew combat rescue and evacuation missions during the Korean War, 1950-1953. Credited with rescuing almost 10,000 United Nations personnel, including almost 1,000 combat saves behind enemy lines. Returned to providing rescue capability in Japan, 1953-1957. Performed combat search, rescue, and recovery missions in Southeast Asia, 1966-1975. Credited with 3,681 saves, including 2,632 combat saves. Operated a Joint Service Rescue Center at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, for Commander, Seventh Air Force, 1966-1973.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: New Guinea; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Ryukus; China Defensive; China Offensive. Korean War: UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea, Summer-Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953. Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969; Vietnam, Winter/Spring; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations (Korea): 25 Jun-25 Dec 1950; 22 Apr-8 Jun 1951; 1 May-27 Jul 1953. Presidential Unit Citations (SEA): 1 Aug 1965-30 Jun 1966; 1 Jul 1967-31 Jan 1969; 1 Feb 1969-30 Apr 1970; 1 May 1970-31 Mar 1972; 1 Apr 1972-27 Jan 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award With Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul-31 Dec 1966. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations: 25 Jun 1950-30 Jun 1951; 1 Jul 1951-31 Mar 1953. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 8 Jan 1966-28 Jul 1969; 1 Apr 1966-28 Jan 1973.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Oct 2003.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Jan 1976.

Supersedes statement prepared on 30 Jun 1969. 

Emblem. Approved on 18 Mar 1968. 

Prepared by Carl E. Bailey. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.







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