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74 Reconnaissance Squadron (ACC)

 

Lineage.  Organized as 74 Aero Service Squadron on 22 Feb 1918.  Demobilized on 28 Jan 1919.  Reorganized on 17 Jun 1919.  Demobilized on 25 Sep 1919.  Reconstituted, and consolidated (16 Oct 1936) with unit constituted as 74 Attack Squadron on 18 Oct 1927.  Redesignated as 74 Pursuit Squadron on 8 May 1929.  Activated on 1 Oct 1933.   Redesignated as: 74 Attack Squadron on 1 Sep 1937; 74 Bombardment Squadron on 1 Nov 1939; 74 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 6 Dec 1939; 74 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940.  Inactivated on 1 Nov 1946.  Redesignated as 135 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 27 Mar 1951.  Activated on 1 May 1951.  Inactivated on 1 Dec 1952.  Redesignated as 74 Reconnaissance Squadron on 4 Dec 2019.  Activated on 19 Dec 2019.

Assignments.  Unkn, 1918-1919.  16 Pursuit Group, 1 Oct 1933; 6 Bombardment Group, 1 Feb 1940; 40 Bombardment Group, 9 Aug 1942; 6 Bombardment Group, 12 May 1943; VI Bomber Command, 1 Nov 1943-1 Nov 1946.  106 Bombardment Group, 1 May 1951; 106 Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun-1 Dec 1952.  9 Operations Group, 19 Dec 2019-.

Stations.  Aviation Camp, Waco, TX, 22 Feb 1918; Call Field, TX, 1 Mar 1918; Hazelhurst Field, NY, 29 Jul 1918; Roosevelt Field, NY, c. Sep 1918; Garden City, NY, unkn-28 Jan 1919.  Langley Field, VA, 17 Jun-25 Sep 1919.  Albrook Field, CZ, 1 Oct 1933; Howard Field, CZ, 14 Jul 1941; Aguadulce, Panama, 8 Nov 1941; Rio Hato, Panama, c. 11 Dec 1941; Guatemala City, Guatemala, 9 Jan 1942; Rio Hato, Panama, c. 7 Apr 1944; Galapogos Islands, c. 21 Aug 1944; Aguadulce, Panama, 13 Feb 1945; Rio Hato, Panama, 1 May 1945-1 Nov 1946.  March AFB, CA, 1 May 1951-1 Dec 1952.  Beale AFB, CA, 19 Dec 2019-.

Aircraft.  Unkn, but probably included DH-4, 1918-1919.  In addition to P-12, included OA-3 and B-6 during period 1933-1937; in addition to A-17, included Y10A-8 and OA-9 during period 1937-1940; B-18, 1939-1942; B-17, 1942-1943; B-24, 1942-1946.  B-29, 1951-1952.   

Operations.  Presumably acted as tactical defense unit, 1918-1919.  Participated in good-will flight to Guatemala, 7-12 Feb 1938.  Conducted antisubmarine patrols in Pacific and Caribbean after 7 Dec 1941.  Trained replacement crews, 1943-1945 and 1951-1952.

Service Streamers.  None.

Campaign Streamers.  World War II: Antisubmarine, American Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  None.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 22 Jan 2021.

Aircraft and Operations through Dec 1952.

Supersedes published information contained in Maurer Maurer (ed.), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (Washington: USGPO, 1969).

Emblem.  Approved on 23 Aug 1934.

Prepared by Margaret Ream.