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8 FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON (AETC)

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Lineage. Constituted as 8 Photographic Squadron on 19 Jan 1942. Activated 1 Feb 1942. Redesignated as: 8 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 9 Jun 1942; 8 Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 Feb 1943; 8 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 Nov 1943; 8 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 10 Aug 1948; 8 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet, on 1 Aug 1949. Inactivated on 25 Feb 1951. Redesignated as 8 Flying Training Squadron on 14 Apr 1972. Activated on 1 Nov 1972.

Assignments. IV Air Support Command, 1 Feb 1942; Fifth Air Force, 29 Mar 1942 (attached to Allied Air Forces, Apr-Sep 1942); V Bomber Command, 5 Sep 1942; 6 Photographic (later, 6th Reconnaissance) Group, 13 Nov 1943 (attached to V Bomber Command after c. 10 Dec 1945); V Bomber Command, 27 Apr 1946; 314 Composite Wing, 31 May 1946; 71 Reconnaissance (later, 71 Tactical Reconnaissance) Group, 28 Feb 1947 (attached to 314 Composite Wing to Nov 1947); Fifth Air Force, 1 Apr 1949; 543 Tactical Support Group, 26 Sep 1950-25 Feb 1951. 71 Flying Training Wing, 1 Nov 1972; 71 Operations Group, 15 Dec 1991-.

Stations. March Field, CA, 1 Feb-14 Mar 1942 (two flights at March Field, CA, to 16 Jun 1942); Melbourne, Australia, 7 Apr 1942; Brisbane, Australia, 24 Apr 1942; Townsville, Australia, 2 May 1942; Port Moresby, New Guinea, 9 Sep 1942; Nadzab, New Guinea, 16 Mar 1944 (operated from Biak after c. 11 Aug 1944); Biak, 10 Sep-20 Oct 1944; Dulag, Leyte, 4 Nov 1944 (air echelon at Clark Field, Luzon, 19 May-12 Aug 1945); Okinawa, 21 Jul 1945; Chofu, Japan, 28 Sep 1945; Irumagawa, Japan, 25 Jan 1946; Yokota AB, Japan, 25 Mar 1949 (detachment operated from Itazuke AB, Japan, from 29 Jun 1950); Itazuke AB, Japan, 9 Jul 1950; Taegu AB, South Korea, 2 Oct 1950; Komaki AB, Japan (operated from Taegu AB, South Korea), 26 Jan-25 Feb 1951. Vance AFB, OK, 1 Nov 1972-.

Commanders. Capt Karl L. Polifka, c. 1 Feb 1942; 1Lt Frank S. Savage, 12 Nov 1942; Capt A. L. Post, 4 Jun 1943; Capt John G. Foster, 20 Jun 1943; Capt DeLasso Loos, 8 Dec 1943; Maj Richard J. Shipway, 1 Apr 1944; Maj Richard C. Bailey, 25 Mar 1945; Capt Culbertson, c. Nov 1945; 1Lt Heath Bottomly, 9 Dec 1945; Unmanned, c 2 Apr 1946-c. 20 Jun 1946; Capt Russell M. H. O'Day, 20 Jun 1946; Capt Rowan M. Jarvis; Aug 1946, Capt Wilmer H. Moore, c. Nov 1946; Capt Lewis T. Graves, c. Dec 1946; Capt Rowan M. Jarvis, c. Apr 1947; Maj Benjamin H. Albertson, c. May 1947; Lt Col Ben K. Armstrong, Jr., 2 Aug 1947; Maj Russell E. Cheever, 6 Apr 1948; Lt Col Charles W. King, 25 Mar 1949; Lt Col Jacob W. Dixon, 28 Nov 1949-c. 25 Feb 1951. Lt Col Eugene I. Halbach, c. Nov 1972; Lt Col John W. Wolfe, 15 Aug 1974; Lt Col John E. Rush, 19 Sep 1974; Lt Col Richard J. Beland, 17 Aug 1976; Lt Col James P. Ulm, 26 Jul 1978; Lt Col J. W. Burns, 12 Jun 1980; Lt Col Joseph G. Schad, 19 Feb 1982; Lt Col William A. Johansen, 11 Feb 1984; Lt Col Thomas G. Moore, 20 Dec 1985; Lt Col Tommy G. Brown, 3 Mar 1987; Lt Col Peter U. Sutton, 4 Dec 1987; Lt Col Daniel C. Ulmer, 16 Sep 1988; Lt Col Thomas A. Bath, 2 Aug 1990; Lt Col Charles E. Stallworth, 8 Jul 1992; Lt Col Gary E. Barrentine, 11 Jul 1994; Cmdr John B. Hollyer, USN, 28 Mar 1996; Lt Col Jerry L. Free, 4 Oct 1996; Cmdr Mark S. Laughton, USN, 9 Oct 1997; Lt Col Dietmar Amelang, 18 Sep 1998; Cmdr Lawrence S. Coy, USN, 7 Jan 2000; Lt Col William M. Jones, 9 Mar 2001; Cmdr David R. Swathwood, USN, 22 Mar 2002; Lt Col Greg S. Lamb, 15 May 2003; Cmdr Brian Osborn, USN, 1 Jun 2004; Lt Col Terrance J. McCaffrey, 14 Jun 2005; Cmdr Todd Rader, USN, 23 Jun 2006, Lt Col Neil E. Woods, 1 Jun 2007; Cmdr Roger L. Curry, USN, 30 Oct 2008; Lt Col James M. Gifford, Jr., 19 Jun 2009-.

Aircraft. In addition to P-38/F-4, 1942-1944, and P-38/F-5, 1943-1946, included B-17, 1942-1943, B-26, 1943-1944, and F-6, 1946; P-51 and P-61, 1946; F-15 (later, RF-61), 1947-1949; RF-80, 1949-1951. T-37, 1972-2006. A-6, 2005-.

Operations. Combat in Southwest Pacific and Western Pacific, 16 Apr 1942-25 Aug 1945. Not operational, Apr 1946-Jul 1947. Combat in Korea, 29 Jun 1950-24 Feb 1951. Undergraduate pilot training for US Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and selected foreign allies, 1 Nov 1972-.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: East Indies; Air Offensive, Japan; China Defensive; Papua; Guadalcanal; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Korea: UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Papua, 23 Jul 1942-23 Jan 1943; Philippine Islands, 18-[20] Sep 1944; Philippine Islands, [26] Nov-15 Dec 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1975; 1 Jan 1977-30 Apr 1978; 1 May 1982-30 Apr 1984; 1 Apr 1986-31 Mar 1988; 1 Apr 1988-31 Mar 1990; 1 Apr 1990; 31 Mar 1992; 1 Apr 1992-30 Jun 1993; 1 Jul 1993-30 Jun 1995; 1 Jul 1995-30 Jun 1996; 1 Jul 1996-30 Jun 1997; 1 Jul 1997-30 Jun 1998; 1 Jul 1998-30 Jun 1999; 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2000; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2002; 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2003; 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2004; 1 Jul 2004-30 Jun 2005. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (World War II). Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 10-[24] Feb 1951.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, Commanders, Aircraft, and Honors through 17 Feb 2010.

Emblem. Approved on 28 Jul 1990.

Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Nov 1997.

Prepared by Robert B. Kane.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.







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