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89 AIRLIFT SQUADRON (AFRC)

Posted 12/26/2007 Printable Fact Sheet

Lineage. Constituted 89 Troop Carrier Squadron on 14 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jun 1943. Inactivated on 22 Sep 1945. Redesignated 89 Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 10 May 1949. Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949. Ordered to Active Service on 10 Mar 1951. Inactivated on 14 Mar 1951. Redesignated 89 Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 26 May 1952. Activated in the Reserve on 15 Jun 1952. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1957. Redesignated 89 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 20 Jan 1982. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jul 1982. Redesignated: 89 Fighter Squadron on 1 Feb 1992; 89 Airlift Squadron on 1 Oct 1994. 

Assignments. 438 Troop Carrier Group, 1 Jun 1943-22 Sep 1945. 438 Troop Carrier Group, 27 Jun 1949-14 Mar 1951. 438 Fighter-Bomber Group, 15 Jun 1952-1 Jul 1957. 906 Tactical Fighter (later, 906 Fighter) Group, 1 Jul 1982; 906 Operations Group, 1 Aug 1992; 445 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1994-. 

Stations. Baer Field, IN, 1 Jun 1943; Sedalia AAFld, MO, 11 Jun 1943; Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC, 30 Oct 1943; Baer Field, IN, c. 15-c. 28 Jan 1944; Langar, England, Feb 1944; Greenham Common, England, Mar 1944 (operated from Canino Airfield, Italy, 20 Jul-23 Aug 1944); Prosnes, France, Feb 1945; Amiens/Glisy, France, May-Aug 1945; Camp Myles Standish, MA, 21-22 Sep 1945. Offutt AFB, NE, 27 Jun 1949-14 Mar 1951. General Billy Mitchell Field, WI, 15 Jun 1952; Milwaukee, WI, 5 Jan 1953-1 Jul 1957. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 1 Jul 1982-. 

Commanders. Lt Col Clement G. Richardson, 1 Jun 1943; Maj Roger B. Whitaker, 26 Jan 1945; Maj Bernard E. Ludeman, 1 Jun 1945-unkn. Unkn, 27 Jun 1949-1950; Maj John B. Spaulding, by Jul 1950-unkn. Unkn, 15 Jun 1952-1 Jul 1957. Col David E. Tanzi, 1 Jul 1982; Lt Col Robert G. Pinder, by Dec 1984; Lt Col Robert G. Fosnot by Dec 1985; Lt Col Willis M. Boshears, 1 Jul 1988; Lt Col George R. Malick, 1 Mar 1991; Lt Col Steven R. Fulghum, 23 Aug 1992; Lt Col Jerry L. Kemp, 1 Sep 1993; Col Allan M. Jones III, 1 Oct 1994-. 

Aircraft. Principally C-47, 1943-1945. C-45, 1949-1951; C-46, 1949-1951; C-47, 1949-1951. F-51, 1952-1954; T-33, 1954-1957; F-80, 1955-1957. F-4, 1982-1989; F-16, 1989-1994; C-141, 1994-. 

Operations. Airborne assaults on Normandy, Southern France, Holland, and Germany; participated in the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944; transported cargo and personnel in the ETO and MTO in 1944 and 1945. Trained for troop carrier operations, 1947-1951; for fighter-bomber missions, 1952-1957; and for tactical fighter operations, 1982-1994. Since 1994, trained for and flew strategic airlift missions worldwide, taking part in contingency operations as needed. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, [6-7] Jun 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 1985-30 Sep 1987; 1 May 1989-30 Apr 1991. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 27 Aug 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 1989. 

Emblem. Approved on 15 Aug 1985. 

Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.







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