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14 WEAPONS SQUADRON (ACC)

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Lineage. Constituted 14 Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 Feb 1942. Activated on 2 Mar 1942. Redesignated: 14 Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 14 Liaison Squadron on 2 Apr 1943. Inactivated on 25 Mar 1949. Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 14 Air Commando Squadron (Fire Support), which was constituted, and activated, on 19 Oct 1967. Organized on 25 Oct 1967. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 May 1968. Redesignated: 14 Special Operations Squadron on 19 Sep 1985; 14 Weapons Squadron on 24 Jan 2003. Activated on 3 Feb 2003.

Assignments. Air Force Combat Command, 2 Mar 1942; Army Air Forces, 9 Mar 1942; 26 Observation Group, 29 Mar 1942; 73 Observation (later, 73 Reconnaissance) Group, 7 Mar 1943; I Air Support Command (later, I Tactical Air Division), 11 Aug 1943; US Strategic Air Forces in Europe, 4 Apr 1944 (attached to Third Army for operations to 15 Nov 1944); Ninth Air Force, 10 Apr 1944; XIX Tactical Air Command, 25 Apr 1944 (attached to Twelfth Army Group for operations, 15 Nov 1944-26 Jul 1945); XII Tactical Air Command, 4 Jul 1945 (attached to Third Army for operations, 26 Jul 1945-7 Jun 1946); 70 Fighter Wing, 5 Oct 1945 (attached to US Constabulary for operations, Jun 1946-c. Aug 1947); 64 Fighter Wing, 10 Jul 1946; XII Tactical Air Command, 1 May 1947; Bad Kissingen Air Base, 6 Oct 1947; US Air Forces in Europe, 20 Dec 1947 (attached to Headquarters Command, US Air Forces in Europe, 20 Feb-1 Jul 1948); 7150 Air Force Composite Wing, 1 Jul 1948-25 Mar 1949. 14 Air Commando Wing, 25 Oct 1967-1 May 1968. USAF Weapons School, 3 Feb 2003-.

Stations. Fort Devens, MA, 2 Mar 1942; Hillsgrove, RI, 20 May 1942; Quonset Point NAS, RI, 9 Jun 1942; Hyannis Muni Aprt, MA, 9 Jul 1942; Rolla, MO, 17 Aug 1942; Tullahoma, TN, 8 Sep 1942; Godman Field, KY, 7 Mar 1943; Camp Campbell AAFld, KY, 25 Jun 1943 (operated from Lebanon, TN, 27 Jun 1943-4 Feb 1944); Statesboro AAFld, GA, 6 Feb-24 Mar 1944; Alderley Edge, England, 9 Apr 1944; Knutsford, England, 11 May 1944; Ibsley, England, 29 Jun 1944; Nehou, France, 6 Jul 1944; Le Repas, France, 2 Aug 1944; Beauchamps (near Villediew-les-Poeles), France, 4 Aug 1944; Poilley, France, 7 Aug 1944; St Germain, France, 12 Aug 1944; La Bozoge, France, 15 Aug 1944; Dampierre (near Brou), France, 20 Aug 1944; Courcy (near Pithiviers), France, 25 Aug 1944; St Maurice-aux-Riches-Hommes, France, 30 Aug 1944; Marson, France, 4 Sep 1944; Gussainville, France, 14 Sep 1944; Nancy, France, 12 Oct 1944; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 31 Dec 1944; Oberstein, Germany, 27 Mar 1945; Berkersheim, Germany, 3 Apr 1945; Hersfeld, Germany, 11 Apr 1945; Erlangen, Germany, 22 Apr 1945; Regensburg, Germany, 2 May 1945; Holzkirchen, Germany, 23 May 1945; Bamberg, Germany, 10 Jul 1946; Heidelberg, Germany, 10 Feb 1947; Bad Kissengen AB, Germany, 5 Sep 1947; Heidelberg, Germany, 20 Dec 1947; Wiesbaden, Germany, 20 Feb 1948-25 Mar 1949. Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, 25 Oct 1967-1 May 1968. Hurlburt Field, FL, 3 Feb 2003-.

Commanders. None (not manned), 2-13 Mar 1942; Maj Augustus Becker, 14 Mar 1942; Capt Joseph S. Cunningham, 10 Nov 1942; Capt Joseph L. McNeil, 8 Jan 1943; Capt Richard Izzard, 1 Mar 1943; Capt Roth R. Morris, 26 Jun 1943; Capt Mason D. Harrell, 11 Jul 1943; Maj Wendell W. Bennett, 23 Feb 1944; Capt Adam C. Blasiole, 1 Jul 1945; Capt Anthony R. Durante, 27 Oct 1945; Capt Ancel G. Taflinger, 5 Nov 1945 (temporary); Capt Anthony R. Durante, 15 Mar 1946; Lt Col Bruce C. Down, Aug 1946; Maj Stanley G. Wright, 7 Jul-4 Sep 1947; none (not manned), 5 Sep 1947-25 Mar 1949. None (not manned), 25 Oct-17 Dec 1967; Lt Col Charles W. Hodgson, 18 Dec 1967-1 May 1968.

Aircraft. L-1 and L-4, 1942-1943; L-5, 1943-1947; C-78, 1944-1945. AC-47, 1967-1968.

Operations. Supported US Army maneuvers by flying photo and tactical observation missions, spotting artillery fire, 1942 until early 1944; provided courier service, observation, mail and other liaison services in support of the US Army advance through France and Germany, Jul 1944-May 1945; dropped medical supplies, food, and ammunition to an Army battalion stranded on the Moselle River, Nov 1944; supported the Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945; added medical evacuation to its tasks in Apr 1945; supported US occupying forces in Germany, May-Sep 1945. Combat in Vietnam, Jan-May 1968; provided aerial fire support in defense of USAF forces, including bases, camps, outposts, and hamlets in southern half of country.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 15 Jan-30 Apr 1968. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [15 Jan]-1 May 1968.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 15 May 2003.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 May 1968.

Supersedes statement prepared on 7 Jan 1987. 

Emblem. Approved on 5 Sep 1942. 

Prepared by Carl E. Bailey. 

Approved by Judy G. Endicott. 







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