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348 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

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348 Reconnaissance Squadron Emblem
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Lineage.  Constituted as 348 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942.  Activated on 1 Jun 1942.  Inactivated on 8 Nov 1945.  Redesignated as 348 Bombardment Squadron,Very Heavy on 3 Jul 1947.  Activated in the Reserve on 17 Jul 1947.  Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.  Redesignated as 348 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Heavy and activated, on 1 Jan 1953.  Redesignated as 348 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 1 Oct 1955.  Inactivated on 30 Sep 1973.  Redesignated as 348 Reconnaissance Squadron on 17 Aug 2011.  Activated on 19 Sep 2011.
    
Assignments.   99 Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1942-8 Nov 1945.  99 Bombardment Group, 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949.  99 Strategic Reconnaissance (later, 99 Bombardment) Wing, 1 Jan 1953-30 Sep 1973.  69 Reconnaissance Group, 19 Sep 2011-.

Stations.  Orlando AB, FL, 1 Jun 1942; MacDill Field, Fl, 1 Jun 1942; Pendleton Field, OR, 29 Jun 1942; Gowen  Field, ID, 28 Aug 1942; Walla Walla,WA, 30 Sep 1942; Sioux City AAB, IA,17 Nov 1942-2 Jan 1943; Navarin, Algeria, 16 Mar 1943; Oudna, Tunisia, c. 4 Aug 1943; Tortorella Airfield, Italy, c. 13 Dec 1943; Marcianise, Italy, c. 27 Oct-8 Nov 1945. Brookley Field, AL, 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949.  Fairchild AFB, WA, 1 Jan 1953; Westover AFB, MA, 4 Sep 1956-30 Sep 1973.  Grand Forks AFB, ND, 19 Sep 2011-. 
 
Commanders.  Unkn, 1 Jun-31 Aug 1942; Maj Warren B. Whitmore, 1 Sep 1942; Maj Robert Elliott, 17 Jul 1943; Maj Max E. Davis, 15 Oct 1943; Capt George E. Branson, c. Dec 1943; Capt Harold E. Murphree Jr., 18 Feb 1944; Maj John A. Christensen, 12 Jun 1944; Maj Frank B. Knepper, c. 1 Sep 1944; Lt Col Robert E. Guay, 26 Apr 1945-unkn. Unkn, 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949.  Unkn, 1 Jun 1953-May 1955; Lt Col Wante J. Bartol, by Jun 1955; Maj Oscar C. Fitzhenry, by Dec 1955; Lt Col Wante J. Bartol, Nov 1956; Lt Col Merle M. Jones, Sep 1958; Lt Col John M. Chapman, Jul 1959; Maj John A. Herberg, 18 May 1961; Lt Col Lynn H. Moulthrop Jr., 18 May 1962; Lt Col Donald L. Keplinger, 20 Nov 1965; Lt Col Charles B. Layton, 15 Jun 1967; Lt Col Donald B. Shea, 20 Aug 1969; Lt Col Walter R. Dawes, 3 Nov 1969; Lt Col Drew C. Sleeper, 1 Dec 1969; Lt Col Andrew Pringle, 1 Sep 1970; Maj Carlos M. Ruiz, 22 Sep 1970; Lt Col Donald Macleod Jr., 27 Mar 1973; Lt Col Lawrence Gray, 1 Jul-30 Sep 1973. 

Aircraft.  B-17, 1942-1945.  B/RB-36, 1953-1956; B-52, 1956-1973.  R/E-Q4 (Global Hawk), 2011-.

Operations.  Combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and the European Theater of Operations (ETO), 31 Mar 1943-26 Apr 1945.  Earned two Distinguished Unit Citations (DUCs) during World War II: on 5 Jul 1943 for a bombing mission against enemy aircraft and installations in Sicily, and on 22-23 Apr 1944 for bombing an enemy aircraft factory in Austria.  Served as both a bombardment and a reconnaissance squadron, Jul 1954-c. 21 Feb 1955 and as a reconnaissance squadron, 1 Oct 1955-27 Feb 1956.  Trained to become and remained combat-ready in B-52 aircraft, 1956-1973.  Activated in 2011, and afterwards began flying the R/E-Q4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft for reconnaissance missions. 

Service Streamers.  None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; 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:  Sicily, 5 Jul 1943; Austria, 23 Apr 1944.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 2-21 Mar 1969 and 15-31 Mar 1970. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 1967-1 Mar 1968; 2 Mar-1 Apr 1968; 1 Jul 1971-30 Jun 1972; 1 Jun 2011-31 May 2012.  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 2 Mar 1969-31 Mar 1970. 
  
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Aircraft, Operations, and Honors through 20 Nov 2014.

Commanders through 30 Sep 1973.

Supersedes statement prepared on 20 Apr 2012.

Emblem. Approved on 17 Nov 1958; newest rendition approved on 9 Apr 2012. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.








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