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68 AIRLIFT SQUADRON (AFRC)

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Lineage. Constituted 68 Troop Carrier Squadron on 22 Jan 1943. Activated on 9 Feb 1943. Inactivated on 15 Jan 1946. Activated in the Reserve on 3 Aug 1947. Redesignated 68 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to active service on 15 Oct 1950. Inactivated on 14 Jul 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 18 May 1955. Redesignated: 68 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1967; 68 Military Airlift Squadron on 1 Apr 1985; 68 Airlift Squadron on 1 Feb 1992. 

Assignments. 433 Troop Carrier Group, 9 Feb 1943-15 Jan 1946. 433 Troop Carrier Group, 3 Aug 1947-14 Jul 1952. 433 Troop Carrier Group, 18 May 1955; 433 Troop Carrier Wing, 14 Apr 1959; 922 Troop Carrier (later, 922 Tactical Airlift) Group, 17 Jan 1963; 921 Tactical Airlift Group, 30 Jun 1974; 433 Tactical Airlift (later, 433 Military Airlift; 433 Airlift) Wing, 1 Nov 1974; 433 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992-. 

Stations. Florence AAFld, SC, 9 Feb 1943; Sedalia AAFld, MO, 19 Mar 1943; Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC, 9 Jun 1943; Baer Field, IN, 1-15 Aug 1943; Port Moresby, New Guinea, c. 1 Sep 1943; Nadzab, New Guinea, c. 15 Nov 1943 (detachment operated from Tadji, New Guinea, 18 May-4 Jun 1944); Biak, 15 Nov 1944 (detachment operated from Nadzab, New Guinea, 15 Nov 1944-5 Jan 1945); Tanauan, Leyte, c. 15 Feb 1945; Clark Field, Luzon, c. 15 Jun 1945; Iwo Jima, 25 Aug 1945; Ie Shima, c. 10 Sep 1945; Tachikawa, Japan, c. 30 Sep 1945-15 Jan 1946. Cleveland Muni Aprt, OH, 3 Aug 1947; Greenville AFB, SC, 16 Oct 1950-20 Jul 1951; Rhein/Main AB, Germany, 6 Aug 1951-14 Jul 1952. Brooks AFB, TX, 18 May 1955; Kelly AFB, TX, 21 May 1960; Lackland AFB, TX, 1 Apr 2001-. 

Commanders. 2d Lt Richard W. Adams, 10 Feb 1942; Maj Joseph B. Bonner, 12 Feb 1943; Capt Joseph M. Fentress, 2 Jan 1945; Capt Curtis L. Jensen, by Sep 1945-unkn. Unkn, 3 Aug 1947-1950; Maj Adam A. Reaver, by Jan 1951; Maj Calvin L. Williams, 9 Apr-14 Jul 1952. Unkn, 18 May 1955-1958; Lt Col Howard A. Schulte, by Dec 1958; Lt Col Joseph L. West, by Jun 1959; Col James P. Hill, by Jan 1963; Lt Col Douglas J. Freeman, by Jun 1969; Lt Col Nicholas P. Nusbaum, by Oct 1969; Lt Col Norman E. Buescher Jr., by Jun 1972; Lt Col Samuel D. McAnally, by Sep 1978; Lt Col Bert A. Lundell, by Jul 1982; Lt Col Edwin I. Emmons, 28 Jun 1984; Lt Col John A. Betts, by Aug 1986; Lt Col Harland S. Hanson, 14 Jun 1989; Lt Col David H. Comstock, 14 Sep 1989; Lt Col Victor J. Hooper, 1 Sep 1992; Lt Col Edward D. Dingivan, 11 Oct 1994; Lt Col Henry R. Skillen, 1 Jul 1998-. 

Aircraft. C-47, 1943-1945; B-17, 1944; C-46, 1944-1945. Unkn, 1947; T-11, 1948-1951; T-7, 1949-1951; C-46, 1949-1950; C-119, 1950-1952. T-28, 1955; C-45, 1955-1956; C-46, 1955-1958; C-119, 1958-1971; C-130, 1971-1985; C-5, 1985-. 

Operations. Troop carrier missions in New Guinea, Philippines, and western Pacific, 1943-1945. Airborne assault at Aparri, Luzon, 23 Jun 1945. Flying training in the Reserve, 1947-1950. Active service 1950-1952, moving to Germany in 1951. Between 1955 and 1985, trained for and flew tactical airlift missions at home and abroad, often taking part in joint exercises, humanitarian airlift operations, and firefighting missions. In 1985, converted to strategic airlift missions. Took part in Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989-1990, flying medical supplies, tanks, and field rations to Panama. The squadron also took part in the defense of Saudi Arabia and liberation of Kuwait in 1990 and 1991, airlifting men and materiel destined for southwestern Asia. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Japan; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Ryukyus. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. Panama, 1989-1990. 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul-31 Dec 1964; 16 Jul 1977-15 Jul 1979; 1 Oct 1981-30 Sep 1983; 1 Oct 1986-30 Sep 1988. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII). 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 26 Feb 2001. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 1998. 

Supersedes published information contained in Maurer Maurer (ed.), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (Washington: USGPO, 1969) and addendum prepared in 1992.
 
Emblem. Approved on 7 Jul 1961. 

Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.







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