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25 Attack Group (ACC)

Lineage. Established as 25 Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 22 Dec 1939.  Activated on 1 Feb 1940.  Redesignated as 25 Bombardment Group, Medium, on 7 May 1942.  Disbanded on 20 Jun 1944.  Reconstituted, and consolidated (19 Apr 1965) with the 25 Bombardment Group, Reconnaissance, which was established on 17 Jul 1944.  Activated on 9 Aug 1944.  Inactivated on 8 Sep 1945.  Redesignated as 25 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, and activated, on 19 Apr 1965.  Organized on 1 Jul 1965.  Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Oct 1965.  Consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 25 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, which was established, and activated, on 24 Sep 1965.  Organized on 1 Oct 1965.  Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Oct 1966.  Redesignated as 25 Attack Group on 13 Feb 2018.  Activated on 27 Feb 2018. 

Assignments.  General Headquarters Air Force, 1 Feb 1940; 13 Composite Wing, c. 1 Nov 1940; VI Bomber Command, 25 Oct 1941; Second Air Force, c. 1 Apr 1944-20 Jun 1944.  325 Photographic Reconnaissance (later, 325 Reconnaissance) Wing, 9 Aug 1944; Third Air Force, c. 6 Aug-8 Sep 1945.  United States Air Forces in Europe, 19 Apr 1965; Seventeenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1965-15 Oct 1966.  432 Wing, 27 Feb 2018.    

Operational Components.  Squadrons.  10 Bombardment: 1 Feb 1940-17 Dec 1943 (detached 13-17 Dec 1943).  12 Bombardment: 1 Feb 1940-20 Jun 1944 (detached 1 Nov 1942-unkn).  19 Tactical Reconnaissance: 1 Oct 1965-1 Sep 1966.  27 Reconnaissance (later, 417 Bombardment): attached c. Nov 1940, assigned 25 Feb 1942-20 Jun 1944.  35 Bombardment: 1 Feb 1940-20 Jun 1944.  42 Tactical Reconnaissance: 1 Jul 1965-22 Aug 1966.  59 Bombardment: attached 26 Apr-1 Aug 1943; assigned 20 Dec 1943-20 Jun 1944.  482 Attack: 27 Feb 2018-.  652 Bombardment: 9 Aug 1944-13 Jul 1945.  653 Bombardment: 9 Aug 1944-5 Sep 1945 (detached 6 Aug-5 Sep 1945).  654 Bombardment: 9 Aug 1944-5 Sep 1945. 

Stations. Langley Field, VA, 1 Feb-26 Oct 1940; Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, 1 Nov 1940; Edinburgh Field, Trinidad, 1 Nov 1942; Port of Spain, Trinidad, 8 Dec 1942; Edinburgh Field, Trinidad, 15 Jun 1943; Fort Amsterdam, Curacao, 1 Aug 1943; Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, 5 Oct 1943-24 Mar 1944; Alamogordo AAFld, NM, 6 Apr-20 Jun 1944.  Watton, England, 9 Aug 1944-23 Jul 1945; Drew Field, FL, 6 Aug-8 Sep 1945.  Chambley AB, France, 1 Jul 1965-15 Oct 1966.  Shaw AFB, SC, 27 Feb 2018. 

Commanders.  Maj Theodore J. Koenig, 1 Feb 1940; Maj William B. Souza, 14 Oct 1940; Lt Col Caleb V. Haynes, 1 Apr 1941; Maj Alva L. Harvey, 1 Jul 1941; Maj Neil B. Harding, 9 Sep 1941; Maj Jasper N. Harvey, 4 Mar 1942; Maj Mathew J. McKeever Jr., unkn; Maj Milton E. Lipps, unkn; Maj Howard A. Cheney, unkn; Col Charles F. Born, 1942; Maj John J. Mullen, unkn; Col Kenneth O. Sanborn, 1 Aug 1943-c. 7 Apr 1944; unkn, c. 7 Apr-20 Jun 1944.  Lt Col Joseph A. Stenglein, 9 Aug 1944; Col Leon W. Gray, 25 Sep 1944; Lt Col John R. Hoover, 14 Apr 1945; Maj Ernest H. Patterson, 19 Jul 1945-unkn.  Col Jack N. Fancher, 1 Jul 1965; Col Clayton L Peterson, 6 Oct 1965; Col Jack N. Fancher, 1 Jul-15 Oct 1966. 

Aircraft.  B-18, 1940-1943; A-17, 1940-1941; B-17, 1940; A-20, 1942-1943; B-25, 1943-1944.  B-17, 1944-1945; B-25, 1944-1945; B-24, 1944; F-8, 1944-1945; F-5, 1944-1945; B-26, 1944-1945.  EB/RB-66, 1965-1966. 

Operations. Activated on 1 Feb 1940.  Trained at Langley Field, VA, Feb-Oct 1940.  Moved to the Caribbean Sea in late Oct.  The group and its components, based at various bases in the Caribbean, flew antisubmarine patrols, escorted convoys, and served as part of the defense force of the area until Oct 1943.  Returned to the USA in late Mar 1944 and disbanded at Alamogordo AAFld, NM, in Jun 1944.  Activated in England on 9 Aug 1944 and served with Eighth Air Force until V-E Day.  The 652 Bombardment Squadron flew weather flights between England and the Azores from 1 Sep 1944 until 1 Aug 1945.  For a few months late in 1944, it used B-24s, but otherwise it flew B-17s.  Data collected by the squadron was vital to the preparation of weather forecasts the Allies needed for operations in the combat theaters.  The 653 Bombardment Squadron, equipped with Mosquito (F-8) aircraft, flew short flights to gather weather data in areas over enemy territory in western and central Europe.  The 654 Squadron, equipped with F-8s, and later with F-5s (reconnaissance version of P-38), B-25s, and B-26s, took radar scope photographs of target areas and photographed prospective targets from very low altitudes; photographed the war-ravaged transportation systems in Belgium, France, and Germany; tested Loran equipment with specially-fitted B-26s; and flew weather reconnaissance missions and jammed enemy radars by dropping chaff ahead of Allied bomber formations.  Returned to the USA in late Jul 1945 and inactivated on 8 Sep 1945.  Organized in France in Jul 1965.  Maintained proficiency in night photographic and day photographic/visual reconnaissance and electronic warfare techniques.   Furnished aircraft and crews for combat in Southeast Asia, Oct 1965-Jun 1966.  Phased down operations at Chambley AB, France, and inactivated there on 15 Oct 1966.   

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II:  Antisubmarine, American Theater; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.  

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 20 Mar 2018.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 15 Oct 1966.

Supersedes statement prepared Oct 1966. 

Emblem. Approved on 3 Oct 1940.  Emblem should be digitized for standard shape and scroll. 

Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman.