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96 BOMB SQUADRON (ACC)

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96 Bomb Squadron (ACC) Emblem
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Lineage.  Organized as 96 Aero Squadron on 20 Aug 1917.  Redesignated as: 96 Squadron (Bombardment) on 14 Mar 1921; 96 Bombardment Squadron on 25 Jan 1923; 96 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Dec 1939; 96 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, c. 6 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 28 Feb 1946.   Redesignated as 96 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 5 Apr 1946. Activated on 1 Jul 1947.  Redesignated as 96 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 28 May 1948.  Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Apr 1963.   Redesignated as 96 Bomb Squadron on 28 Sep 1993. Activated on 1 Oct 1993.

Assignments.   Unkn, 20 Aug 1917-Sep 1918; 1 Day Bombardment Group, Sep-Nov 1918; unkn, Nov 1918-Sep 1919; 1 Day Bombardment (later, 2 Bombardment) Group, 18 Sep 1919-28 Feb 1946 (attached to 1 Surveillance Group, 12 Nov 1919-10 Jan 1921, and to 1 Provisional Air Brigade, May-Oct 1921).  2 Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1947; (attached to 2 Bombardment Wing, 10 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952); 2 Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1963.  2 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-.

Stations.   Kelly Field, TX, 20 Aug-7 Oct 1917; Clermont-Ferrand, France, 16 Nov 1917; Amanty, France, 18 May 1918; Maulan, France, 23 Sep 1918; Colombey-les-Belles, France, 10 Jan 1919; St Denis de Pile, France, 13 Feb 1919; Libourne, France, 12-16 Apr 1919; Mitchel Field, NY, 2 May 1919; Ellington Field, TX, 26 May 1919; Camp Furlong, NM, c. 28 Jun 1919; Fort Bliss, TX, 3 Jul 1919 (flight operated from Douglas, AZ, c. 10 Aug 1919-10 Jan 1920); Kelly Field, TX, 12 Jan 1920 (operated from Langley Field, VA, 20 May-26 Oct 1921); Langley Field, VA, 30 Jun 1922; Ephrata, WA, 29 Oct 1942; Glasgow, MT, 29 Nov 1942-14 Mar 1943; Navarin, Algeria, 25 Apr 1943; Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria, 27 Apr 1943; Ain M'lila, Algeria, 17 Jun 1943; Massicault, Tunisia, 30 Jul 1943; Amendola, Italy, c. 10 Dec 1943; Foggia, Italy, c. 20 Oct 1945-28 Feb 1946.  Andrews Field, MD, 1 Jul 1947; Davis-Monthan Field (later, AFB), AZ, 24 Sep 1947; Chatham AFB, GA, 1 May 1949; Hunter AFB, GA, 29 Sep 1950-1 Apr 1963 (deployed at Bassingbourne RAF Station, England, 4 May-24 Sep 1951; Upper Heyford RAF, England, 4 Sep-3 Dec 1952; Sidi Slimane Afld, French Morocco, 11 Aug-20 Sep 1954 and 6 Jul-24 Aug 1956).   Barksdale AFB, LA, 1 Oct 1993-.

Commanders.  Capt George C. Thomas Jr., 9 Oct 1917; Maj H. M. Brown, by 18 May 1918; Capt James A. Summersett Jr., 10 Jul 1918 (temporary); Maj J. L. Dunsworth, 16 Jul 1918; unkn, 1919-Feb 1937;  Maj J. K. McDuffie, by Mar 1937; Maj H. L. George, by Aug 1938;  unkn, 1939-Oct 1942; 1 Lt Richard W. Weitzenfeld, 10 Nov 1942; Capt John J. Melcher, 10 Dec 1942; Maj Marion F. Caruthers, 17 Dec 1942; Maj Bradford A. Evans, 2 Nov 1943;  Maj Charles H. Hillhouse, 23 Mar 1944; Capt Robert D. Doyle, 9 Jul 1944; Maj Lawrence R. Jordan, 11 Jul 1944; Maj George A. Redden, 14 Nov 1944; Capt George H. Chadwick Jr., 3 Jan 1945; Maj George A. Redden, 15 Jan 1945;  Lt Col Robert K. Martin, 25 Apr 1945; Maj George M. Dwight Jr., 25 Jun 1945; 1 Lt James G. Johnson, 24 Aug 1945; Maj Arthur D. Alsobrook, 7 Oct 1945; Capt Wilfred F. Skinner, 30 Jan 1946; unkn, 14-28 Feb 1946.  Lt Col Bernard V. Ogas, by 7 Nov 1947; Lt Col Harry E. Stengele III, by Mar 1951; Lt Col John W. Carroll, by May 1952; Lt Col Joseph N. Donovan, by Aug 1952;  Lt Col Harry E. Stengele III, by Feb 1953; Lt Col Robert J. Hill, by Mar 1955; Lt Col Edmund A. Rafalko, by May 1956; Maj Clifford W. Hargrove, by Apr 1957; Maj Hiram M. Snowden, by Oct 1957; Maj Kenneth E. Gross, by Aug 1958; Maj John A. Runge Jr., by Nov 1958; Maj Fito J. Fierro, by Mar 1961, Maj Ira W. Misenheimer, 25 Jul 1961-1 Apr 1963.  Lt Col John A. Kurtz, 11 May 1993; Lt Col Paul A. Thomasson, 1 Jul 1994; Lt Col Floyd L. Carpenter, 2 Apr 1996; Lt Col Thomas J. Griffith, 24 Jun 1997; Lt Col Timothy S. Leaptrott, 30 Aug 1999; Lt Col Timothy M. Ray, 4 Jun 2001; Lt Col Edwin F. Donaldson III, 3 Dec 2002 (temporary); Lt Col Timothy M. Ray, 22 May 2003; Lt Col Robert A. Colella, 2 Jul 2003; Lt Col Bruce K. Way, 24 May 2004 (temporary);  Lt Col Robert A. Colella, 10 Sep 2004; Lt Col Douglas A. Cox, 13 Sep 2004 (temporary); Lt Col Robert A. Colella, 3 Oct 2004; Lt Col Stephen M. Matson, 19 Jul 2005; Lt Col James Noetzel, 13 Jul 2007; Lt Col David Ballew, 15 May 2009; Lt Col John Edwards, 18 Mar 2011; Lt Col Ryan Link, 15 Jun 2012-.

Aircraft.   In addition to Breguet 14, included DH-4, 1918; included DH-4, Caproni bomber, HP 0/400, and MB-2 (NBS-1) during period 1919-1928; included LB-5, LB-7, B-3, and apparently B-5 during period 1928-1932; primarily B-6 during period 1932-1936; in addition to B-10, B-17, and B-18, included B-25 during period 1936-1942; B-17, 1942-1945. B-29, 1947-1950; B-50, 1949-1954; B-47, 1954-1963.  B-52, 1993-.

Operations.   Combat as a day bombardment unit with the French Eighth and American First Army, 12 Jun-4 Nov 1918.  Mexican border patrol, Aug 1919-10 Jan 1920; participated in demonstrations of the effectiveness of aerial bombardment on warships, Jun-Sep 1921, and 5 Sep 1923; good-will flights to South America, 1938-1939.  Antisubmarine patrols, 8 Dec 1941-c. 28 Oct 1942; combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and European Theater of Operations (ETO), 28 Apr 1943-1 May 1945.  The unit earned two Distinguished Unit Citations, one for each of two Fifteenth Air Force raids from Italy to targets in Austria and Germany on 24 and 25 Feb 1944.  The squadron performed occupational duty in Europe, Jun 1945-Jun 1946.  Strategic bombardment training, 1 Jul 1947-1 Apr 1963.  In Sep 1996, deployed and launched attacks against military targets in Iraq; earned the 1996 Mackay Trophy for this 33-hour long mission as the most meritorious flight of the year.  Since 1993 conducted combat operations to support worldwide conventional and nuclear taskings; provided long-range, heavy strike, initial response and sustained firepower in support of all regional and global warfighting commanders.

Service Streamers.  None.

Campaign Streamers.  World War I: Lorraine; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne.  World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.   Distinguished Unit Citations: Steyr, Austria, 24 Feb 1944; Germany, 25 Feb 1944.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Nov 1956-1 Apr 1957; 1 Oct 1993-31 May 1995; 1 Jun 1995-31 May 1996; 1 Jun 1996-31 May 1997; 1 Jun 1998-31 May 2000; 1 Jun 2000-31 May 2002; 1 Jan 2008-31 Dec 2009; 1 Jan 2010-31 Dec 2011.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 11 Sep 2013.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 11 Sep 2013.

Supersedes statement prepared on 14 Sep 2006.

Emblem.  Approved 4 Mar 1924.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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