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559 FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON (AETC)

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Lineage. Constituted 81 Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 81 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 30 Dec 1941; 81 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 22 Jan 1946. Redesignated 81 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 29 Apr 1947. Activated on 19 May 1947. Inactivated on 10 Sep 1948. Redesignated 559 Fighter-Escort Squadron on 27 Oct 1950. Activated on 1 Nov 1950. Redesignated: 559 Strategic Fighter Squadron on 20 Jan 1953; 559 Fighter-Day Squadron on 1 Jul 1957. Inactivated on 8 Jan 1958. Redesignated 559 Tactical Fighter Squadron, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 25 Apr 1962. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1970. Redesignated 559 Flying Training Squadron on 22 Mar 1972. Activated on 1 May 1972.

Assignments. 12 Bombardment Group, 15 Jan 1941-22 Jan 1946. 12 Bombardment Group, 19 May 1947-10 Sep 1948. 12 Fighter-Escort Group, 1 Nov 1950 (attached to 12 Fighter-Escort Wing, 10 Feb 1951-16 Jun 1952); 12 Fighter-Escort (later, 12 Strategic Fighter; 12 Fighter-Day) Wing, 16 Jun 1952-8 Jan 1958. Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12 Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1962 (attached to 51 Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 12 Jun-c. 7 Sep 1965); 836 Air Division, 8 Nov 1965; 12 Tactical Fighter Wing, 27 Dec 1965-31 Mar 1970. 12 Flying Training Wing, 1 May 1972; 12 Operations Group, 15 Dec 1991-. 

Stations. McChord Field, WA, 15 Jan 1941; Esler Field, LA, 27 Feb-3 Jul 1942 (operated from Stockton Field, CA, 24 May-24 Jun 1942); Deversoir, Egypt, 30 Jul 1942; LG 88, Egypt, 18 Oct 1942; Gambut, Libya, 6 Dec 1942; Magrun LG, Libya, 14 Dec 1942; Gambut, Libya, 17 Dec 1942; Tmed El Chel, Libya, 11 Jan 1943; Berteaux, Algeria, 3 Feb 1943; Canrobert, Algeria, 15 Mar 1943; Thibar, Tunisia, 1 May 1943; Hergla, Tunisia, 2 Jun 1943; Ponte Olivo, Sicily, c. 2 Aug 1943; Gerbini, Sicily, 22 Aug 1943; Foggia, Italy, 5 Nov 1943; Gaudo Airfield, Italy, 18 Jan-6 Feb 1944; Tezgaon, India, c. 20 Mar 1944; Madhaiganj Airfield, India, 13 Jun 1944; Fenny, India, 17 Jul 1944 (operated from Meiktila, Burma, 21-29 Apr 1945); Madhaiganj Airfield, India, 7 Jun 1945; Karachi, India, 15 Nov-24 Dec 1945; Ft. Lawton, WA, 21-22 Jan 1946. Langley Field, VA, 19 May 1947-10 Sep 1948. Turner AFB, GA, 1 Nov 1950; Bergstorm AFB, TX, 5 Dec 1950-8 Jan 1958 (deployed at Manston RAF Station, England, 18 Jul-30 Nov 1951; Chitose AB, Japan, 15 May-10 Aug 1953; and Misawa AB, Japan, 12 May-11 Aug 1954). MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1962-27 Dec 1965 (deployed at Naha AB, Okinawa, 12 Jun-7 Sep 1965); Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 27 Dec 1965-31 Mar 1970. Randolph AFB, TX, 1 May 1972-. 

Commanders. Maj John J. O'Hara, 15 Jan 1941; Capt Curtis R. Low, 23 Jan 1941; Maj John J. O'Hara, 30 Jan 1941; Capt Curtis R. Low, Unknown; 1Lt William Lanford, Unknown; Capt William W. Wilcox, c. 10 Jun 1942; Maj Gilmore J. P. Lundquist, 29 Aug 1943; Maj R. L. Patterson, Nov 1943; Maj Warren W. Sutton, 30 Dec 1943; Capt Charles S. Thompson Jr., 14 Aug 1944; Maj Samuel C. Gailbraith, 23 Apr 1945; Capt Charles S. Thompson Jr., 4 Jul 1945; Capt John A. Woodward, Sep 1945-22 Jan 1946. Not manned, 19 May 1947-10 Sep 1948. Unknown, 1 Nov 1950; Lt Col Joseph T. McKeon, c. 15 Feb 1951; Lt Col Paul M. Hall, Aug 1952; Maj William F. Nuding Jr., 12 Jun 1953; Maj William C. Davis, Oct 1954-c. 8 Jan 1958. Unknown, 17 Apr 1962; Lt Col James M. Hollingsworth, by 31 Dec 1962; Maj Hermon D. Wells, 24 Feb 1966; Maj David T. Stockman, 17 Jun 1966; Lt Col William J. Quinn, Oct 1966; Lt Col John F. Barnes, by Dec 1966; Lt Col David E. Rippetoe Jr., by 1 Apr 1967; Lt Col Ross L. Carson, 13 Sep 1967; Lt Col Harry Andonian, 18 Jun 1968; Lt Col Paul A. Kauttu, 20 Sep 1968; Lt Col Harry Falls Jr., c. Dec 1968; Lt Col Allan K. Andreason, 21 Apr 1969; Lt Col Lowell E. Shearer, 10 Dec 1969-31 Mar 1970. Unknown, 1 May 1972; Lt Col James K. McPherson, 22 Jun 1972; Lt Col Robert H. Hermanson, 1 Jul 1974; Lt Col Charles W. Reed, 2 Jul 1976; Lt Col Charles L. Dodds Jr., 31 Mar 1978; Lt Col William G. Bookout, 12 Feb 1980; Lt Col Jack C. Rogers, 16 Mar 1981; Lt Col Thomas D. Bost, 14 Feb 1983; Lt Col Paul H. Rowcliffe, 25 Jun 1984; Lt Col Thomas M. Pratt, 25 Nov 1985; Lt Col Robert L. Brooks, 19 Jun 1987; Lt Col John E. Miller, 9 Jun 1989; Lt Col Michael J. Robinson, 28 Jun 1991; Lt Col John N. McLean Jr., Jul 1993; Lt Col James E. McClain, 26 Jan 1995; Lt Col Margaret D. Carnahan, 13 May 1997; Lt Col David P. Britton, 14 May 1999; Lt Col Daniel H. Craft, 31 May 2000; Lt Col Dana L. Gunter, 9 Mar 2001; Lt Col William W. Francis; 8 Jan 2003; Lt Col Pete D'Amico, 1 Jul 2004-. 

Aircraft. B-18, 1941-1942; B-25, 1942-1945; A-26, 1945. None, 1947-1948. F-84, 1950-1957. F-4, 1964-1970. T-37, 1972-. T-6, 2000-. 

Operations. Patrols over the Pacific from the West Coast, Dec 1941-Feb 1942 and May-Jun 1942; combat in Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), 16 Aug 1942-30 Jan 1944, and China-Burma-India theater (CBI), 16 Apr 1944-23 May 1945. Awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for support of the British Eighth Army in Middle East campaigns, Oct 1942-17 Aug 1943. Not manned, 1947-1948. Fighter escort and air defense, 1950-1957. Augmented air defenses of Okinawa, Jun-Sep 1965. Combat in Southeast Asia, 2 Jan 1966-23 Mar 1970. Trained US and friendly nation instructor aircrews, May 1972-. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Egypt-Libya; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Air Combat, EAME Theater; India-Burma; China Defensive; Central Burma. 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/Counter-offensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: North Africa and Sicily, Oct 1942-17 Aug 1943. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 27 Dec 1965-30 May 1966; 1 Jun 1966-31 May 1967; 1 Jun 1967-31 May 1968; 1 Jun 1968-31 May 1969; 1 Jun 1969-31 Mar 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 May 1972-28 Feb 1973; 1 Jan 1976-30 Apr 1977; 1 Apr 1985-31 Mar 1986; 1 Jan 1987-31 Dec 1988; 1 Jan 1990-31 Dec 1991; 1 Jan 1992-30 Jun 1993; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1994; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1996; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1998; 1 Jul 1998-30 Jun 2000; 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2004. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [27 Dec] 1965-31 Mar 1970. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 30 Apr 2007. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 31 Dec 2005. 

Supersedes published information contained in: Judy G. Endicott (ed.), USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995 (Washington:USPGO, 1999). 

Emblem. Approved on 6 Jun 1942. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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