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492 Attack Squadron (AETC)

Lineage. Organized as 80 Aero Squadron on 15 Aug 1917. Redesignated as 492 Aero Squadron on 1 Feb 1918. Demobilized on 13 Feb 1919. Reconstituted and consolidated (1936) with 492 Bombardment Squadron which was constituted and allotted to the reserve on 31 Mar 1924. Disbanded on 31 May 1942. Consolidated (1960) with 492 Bombardment Squadron  (Heavy) which was constituted on 19 Sep 1942. Activated on 25 Oct 1942. Inactivated on 6 Jan 1946. Redesignated as 492 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, and activated on 1 Oct 1946. Redesignated as 492 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 20 Jul 1948. Discontinued and inactivated 1 Feb 1963. Redesignated as 492 Attack Squadron on 26 Mar 2019. Activated on 15 Apr 2019.

Assignments. Unkn, 15 Aug 1917-Feb 1918. HQ, Air Service , Service of Supply, Feb-Dec 1918, (detachment attached to Second Aviation Instruction Center, 25 Apr-9 Dec 1918); Unkn, Dec 1918-13 Feb 1919. 7 Bombardment Group, 25 Oct 1942-6 Jan 1946. 7 Bombardment Group, 1 Oct 1946. 7 Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952; 4228 Strategic Wing, 15 Jun 1959-1 Feb 1963. 49 Operations Group, 15 Apr 2019-.

Stations. Kelly Field, TX, 15 Aug 1917. Garden City, NY, 3-22 Nov 1917; Tours, France, 17 Dec 1917. Brest, France, c. 30 Dec 1918-c. 19 Jan 1919; Garden City, NY, c. 31 Jan-13 Feb 1919. Karachi, India, 15 Oct 1942. Gaya,, India, 14 Nov 1942. Bishnupur, India, 26 Feb 1943. Panagarh, India, 25 Apr 1943; Madhaiganj, India, 22 Jan 1944; Tezgaon, India, 17 Jun 1944. Madhaiganj, India, 1 Oct 1944 (detachment at Luliang, China, ferrying gasoline to Suichwan, China, 20 Dec 1944-30 Jan 1945); Tezpur, India, 1 Jun-7 Dec 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 5-6 Jan 1946. Ft Worth AAFld, TX, 1 Oct 1946; Columbus AFB, MS, 15 Jun 1959-1 Feb 1963. March ARS, CA, 15 Apr 2019-.

Aircraft: B-24, 1942-1945. B-29, 1946-1948; B-36, 1948-1958; B-52, 1958-1963.

Operations: Constructed and maintained facilities, Jan-Dec 1918. Apparently never active during period of 1924-1942 when allocated to the reserve with assignment to Ninth Corps Area and designated station at Seattle, Washington. Combat in CBI, 24 Jan 1943-10 Jun 1944 and 19 Oct 1944-10 May 1945; transported gasoline to forward bases in China, 20 Jun-30 Sep 1944 and 20 Jun -18 Sep 1945. Trained for strategic bombardment operations, 1946-1963.

Service Streamers. World War I, Theater of Operations.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: India-Burma; China Defensive; Central Burma; China Offensive.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Thailand, 19 Mar 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 6 Oct 1959-15 Jul 1960.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 19 April 2019.

Supersedes statement prepared on Jan 1961.

Emblem. Approved on 28 Feb 1952.

Prepared by James M. Musser.

Reviewed by Daniel L. Haulman.