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17 RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON (ACC)

Posted 5/15/2012 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Lineage. Constituted as 17 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 14 Jul 1942. Activated on 23 Jul 1942. Redesignated as: 17 Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 Feb 1943; 17 Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 Nov 1943. Inactivated on 19 Apr 1946. Redesignated as 17 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet on 1 Apr 1951. Activated on 2 Apr 1951. Redesignated as 17 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Oct 1966. Inactivated 1 Jan 1979. Redesignated as 17 Reconnaissance Squadron on 4 Mar 2002. Activated on 8 Mar 2002.

Assignments. 4 Photographic (later, 4 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping; 4 Photographic; 4 Reconnaissance) Group, 23 Jul 1942; Thirteenth Air Force, 5 Dec 1945; XIII Fighter Command, 10 Dec 1945; 85 Fighter Wing, 1 Feb 1946; Pacific Air Command, U. S. Army, 1-19 Apr 1946. 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 2 Apr 1951; 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Feb 1958; 66 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 10 May 1959; 86 Tactical Fighter Wing, 12 Jan 1970; 26 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 31 Jan 1973-1 Jan 1979. 57 Operations Group, 8 Mar 2002; 432 Operations Group, 1 May 2007-.

Stations. Colorado Springs AAB, CO, 23 Jul-24 Oct 1942; Camp Deptha, Noumea, New Caledonia, 2 Dec 1942; Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 16 Jan 1943 (detachments operated from Munda, New Georgia, c. 13 Oct 1943-31 Jan 1944, 9 Mar-1 Apr 1944; Bougainville, c. 11 Dec 1943-Feb 1945; Noemfoor, 8-23 Oct 1944; Sansapor, New Guinea, 13 Oct-4 Nov 1944); Wama Airfield, Morotai Island, 4 Nov 1944 (detachment operated from Dulag, Leyte, 9 Feb-Oct 1945); Puerto Princesa, Palawan, 11 May 1945-19 Apr 1946. Shaw AFB, SC, 2 Apr 1951-10 May 1959; Laon AB, France, 10 May 1959; RAF Upper Heyford, England, Sep 1966; Zweibrucken AB, Germany, 12 Jan 1970-1 Jan 1979. Indian Springs AFAF (later, Creech AFB), NV, 8 Mar 2002-.

Commanders. Maj John E. Murray, by Feb 1943; Capt Harris C. Andrews, 28 Jul 1943; Capt Albert C. Mathias, 19 Nov 1943; Capt Homer A. Baker Jr., 14 Mar 1944; Capt Walter M. Bartman, 23 May 1944; Capt William A. Stanton, 10 Jan 1945; Capt Otto C. Leipski, 12 Mar 1945; Capt Eston E. Balsiger, c. 28 Aug 1945; Maj James M. Campbell, Nov 1945; Maj Jesse H. Lochausen, 2 Dec 1945; Capt Keith P. Eubanks, 24 Dec 1945; 1Lt Robert V. Blucher, 14 Jan 1946; none (not manned), 1-19 Apr 1946. Maj Edward H. Taylor, c. 2 Apr 1951; Maj Charles E. Scott Jr., 27 Aug 1951; Maj Clyde B. East, 12 Oct 1951; Capt James C. Martin, 3 Mar 1952; Capt William W. Brothers Jr., 6 Mar 1952; Capt John B. Perry, 14 Mar 1952; Capt William W. Brothers Jr., 21 Mar 1952; Maj Clyde B. East, unkn; Lt Col George W. Holmquist, unkn; Capt Ralph Findlay, 24 Apr 1955; Lt Col Harold M. Miller, 27 Apr 1955; Major Bruce B. Fish, 7 Mar 1956; Capt Howard M. Davis, c. 1 Jul 1956; Lt Col William H. Nelson, 13 Feb 1957; Maj Thomas E. Anton, 17 Jul 1957; Lt Col William H. Laseter, 14 Nov 1958; Maj Hiawatha Mohawk, 9 Jan 1961; Lt Col William H. Laseter, 1961; Maj Thomas D. Alexander, c. Jan 1962; Col William H. Hathaway Jr., 6 Mar 1963; Maj Lovic P. Hodnette Jr., 2 Aug 1965; Lt Col Paul B. Nelson, Jun 1968; Lt Col Arthur R. Gould, 25 Aug 1969; Lt Col David A. Nelson, 1 Aug 1970; Lt Col Clarence R. Autery, 25 Aug 1972; Lt Col Larry D. Krull, 11 Jun 1973; Lt Col Gary D. Cool, 17 Jun 1975; Lt Col Richard H. Slye, 22 Apr 1977-1 Jan 1979.
 
Aircraft. P-38/F-5, 1942-1946; B-25, 1944-1946; F-6, 1946. RF-80, 1951-1955; RF-84, 1954-1958; RF-101, 1957-1969; RF-4, 1969-1978. MQ-1 Predator, 2002-; MQ-9 Reaper, 2007-.

Operations. Combat in South, Southwest, and Western Pacific, 5 Feb 1943-13 Aug 1945. Primarily replacement training, 1952-1959. Conducted visual and photographic reconnaissance, 1959-1978; added electro-optical, radar, and tactical weather reconnaissance to its capabilities in 1969. Organized, trained and equipped forces to provide special capabilities and tactics to combatant commanders and warfighters for worldwide operations that required remotely piloted aircraft, 2002-.

Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Guadalcanal; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Central Burma; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jan-31 Dec 2004. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-31 Dec 1962; 1 Jul 1973-31 May 1975; 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2003; 1 Jun 2003-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (WWII).

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 15 Mar 2010.

Aircraft and Operations through Feb 2010.
 
Commanders through 1 Jan 1979.
 
Supersedes statement prepared on 2 Mar 2002.

Emblem. Approved on 28 Feb 1957; newest rendition approved on 4 Jan 2008.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Carl E. Bailey.







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