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443 Air Expeditionary Squadron (ACC)

Lineage. Constituted as 443 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 19 Jun 1942. Activated on 23 Jun 1942. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 7 Dec 1945. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 26 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 9 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, and activated, on 1 Dec 1952. Discontinued on 15 Sep 1960. Redesignated as 443 Air Expeditionary Squadron, and converted to provisional status, on 13 May 2011.
 
Assignments. 320 Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1942-7 Dec 1945. 320 Bombardment Group, 9 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 320 Bombardment Wing, 1 Dec 1952-15 Sep 1960. Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate at any time on or after 13 May 2011.

Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 1 Jul 1942; Drane Field, FL, 8-28 Aug 1942; Hethel, England, 12 Sep 1942; Tibenham, England, 1 Oct 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 8 Jan 1943; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 28 Jan 1943; Montesquieu, Algeria, 9 Apr 1943; Massicault, Tunisia, 29 Jun 1943; El Bathan, Tunisia, 28 Jul 1943; Decimomannu, Sardenia, c. 9 Nov 1943; Alto, Corsica, 20 Sep 1944; Dijon/Longvic, France, 11 Nov 1944; Dole/Lavaux, France, 2 Apr 1945; Furth, Germany, 20 Jun 1945; Clastres, France, c. Oct-28 Nov 1945; Camp Myles Standish, MA, c. 5-7 Dec 1945. Mitchel Field, NY, 9 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. March AFB, CA, 1 Dec 1952-15 Sep 1960.
 
Commanders. Maj J. Scott Peddie, c. Jul 1942; Maj William L. Marble, 25 May 1943; Maj Peter K. Graves, 19 Dec 1943; Capt Festus D. Hunter, 28 Apr 1944 (acting); Maj Lawrence J. Hayward, c. 9 Jul 1944; Maj Arthur B. West Jr., 23 Oct 1944; Capt Frank C. Bennett, 29 May 1945; Capt Anson P. Newton, 3 Jun 1945-unkn. Lt Col William J. Would, 1 Dec 1952; Lt Col Richard M. Hoban, Oct 1954; Lt Col Lawrence F. McGuin, 2 May 1957; Lt Col L. J. Stevens, c. Sep 1959-unkn.
 
Aircraft. B-26, 1942-1945. B-29, 1952-1953; YRB-47, 1953; B-47, 1953-1960.
 
Operations. Antisubmarine patrols in the Mediterranean, Feb-Mar 1943; combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and the European Theater of Operations (ETO), 22 Apr 1943-1 May 1945. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for the 12 May 1944 bombing of enemy concentrations near Fondi, Italy in support of Fifth Army's advance toward Rome. Received a second DUC for participating in a five day dawn-to-dusk attack on the Siegfried Line, 15 Mar 1945. Combat crews trained to ensure combat readiness on short notice, globally, and under any climate, terrain, or weather conditions, 1952-1960.
 
Service Streamers. None.
 
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, EAME Theater; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Italy, 12 May 1944; France, 15 Mar 1945. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: Apr, May, and Jun 1944.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Jul 2011.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through Sep 1960.
 
Supersedes statement prepared in Sep 1956.

Emblem. Approved on 4 Mar 1954. Squadron should revise and request approval of the emblem to meet the standards of AFI 84-105, Chapter 3.

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