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450 Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron (ACC)

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

Lineage. Constituted as 450 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 19 Jun 1942. Activated on 17 Jul 1942. Inactivated on 17 Dec 1945. Redesignated 450 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 3 Jul 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 10 Aug 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 450 Fighter-Day Squadron on 24 Mar 1954. Activated on 1 Jul 1954. Inactivated on 18 Nov 1957. Redesignated 450 Flying Training Squadron on 28 Jul 1972. Activated on 1 Apr 1973. Inactivated on 10 Nov 1992. Redesignated 450 Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron, and converted to a provisional status, on 28 Oct 2008. 

Assignments. 322 Bombardment Group, Medium, 17 Jul 1942-15 Dec 1945; unkn, 16-17 Dec 1945. 322 Bombardment Group, Light, 10 Aug 1947-27 Jun 1949. 322 Fighter-Day Group, 1 Jul 1954-18 Nov 1957. 323 Flying Training Wing, 1 Apr 1973; 323 Operations Group, 15 Dec 1991-10 Nov 1992. Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate at any time on or after 28 Oct 2008.
 
Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 17 Jul 1942; Drane Field, FL, 22 Sep 1942; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 15-23 Nov 1942; Rougham Airdrome, Bury St Edmunds, England, 1 Dec 1942; Great Saling (later, Andrews Field), England, 12 Jun 1943; Beauvais/Tille, France, c. 21 Sep 1944; Le Culot, Belgium, 5 Apr 1945; Frankenberg, Germany, 6 Jul 1945; Arolsen, Germany, 10 Sep 1945; Clastres, France, c. 1 Oct-29 Nov 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 16-17 Dec 1945. Phillips Field, MD, 10 Aug 1947-27 Jun 1949. Foster AFB, TX, 1 Jul 1954-18 Nov 1957 (deployed at Wendover AFB, UT, 3 Jan-4 Feb 1957). Mather AFB, CA, 1 Apr 1973-10 Nov 1992.

Commanders. None, not manned, 17 Jul-Aug 1942; Lt Col Othel D. Turner, Aug 1942; Maj Charles W. Hoover, 30 May 1944; Lt Col Jay B. Smith, 20 Jun 1944; Maj John L. Egan, 23 Feb 1945; Capt Robert W. Turkington, 25 Jun 1945-unkn. Lt Col Colin F. Burch Jr., 10 Aug 1947; Maj Albert M. C. Steinbach, c. Jan 1948; Maj Altho Allen, c. Jul 1948; Maj Morton L. Salan, Apr-c. Jun 1949. Lt Col James P. Hagerstrom, 1 Jul 1954; Maj Robert C. Meppen, c. Apr 1955; Capt David E. Martin, 20 Mar 1957; Maj Clyde A. Curtin, 25 Apr-18 Nov 1957. Lt Col William D. Miller, Apr 1973; Maj Patrick Broussard, 1 Sep 1974 (interim); Lt Col Jack Remson, 14 Sep 1974 (interim); Lt Col Jimmy B. Pickens, 1 Oct 1974; Lt Col William J. Porter, 1 Oct 1976; Lt Col Brian O. Kavanaugh, 23 Aug 1978; Lt Col Roy D. Sheetz, 27 May 1980; Lt Col John C. Novak, 1 Jan 1982; Lt Col William J. Ryan III, 29 Apr 1983; Lt Col Thomas A. Whaylen, 1 Mar 1985; Lt Col Timothy T. Timmons, 6 Mar 1987; Lt Col Scott E. Gerhart, 15 Mar 1989; Lt Col W. Stephen Owens, 14 May 1990; Lt Col John M. Weston, 28 Apr-10 Dec 1992. 

Aircraft. B-26, 1942-1945. AT, 1947-1949; AT-11, 1947-1949. F-86, 1954-1955; F-100, 1955-1957. T-29, 1973-1974; T-37, 1974-1992; T-43, 1973-1992. 

Operations. Not operational, Jul-Aug 1942. Trained for combat, 1942-1943. Combat in European Theater of Operations (ETO), 14 May 1943-24 Apr 1945, for which the unit received the Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC). Transferred aircraft and crews to other units, May 1945. Disarmament of German Air Force, Jul-Sep 1945. In the organized Reserve, 1947-1949. Tactical operations as part of Tactical Air Command, 1954-1957. Conducted undergraduate navigator training for USAF, United Stated Navy (USN), United Stated Marine Corps (USMC) and United States allies, 1973-1992.

Service Streamers. None. 

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

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
 
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: European Theater of Operations, 14 May 1943-24 Jul 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Apr-31 Dec 1973; 1 Jan 1976-28 Feb 1977; 1 Jan 1978-30 Apr 1979; 1 Jan 1980-30 Apr 1981; 1 Apr 1990-31 Mar 1992. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 14 Nov 2008. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 10 Nov 1992. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 4 Dec 1972. 

Emblem. Approved on 30 May 1973; organization should update emblem to meet the standards of AFI 84-105, Chapter 3. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.