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452 Flight Test Squadron

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 the 452 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 1 Jun 1942.  Activated on 17 Jul 1942.  Redesignated as 452 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944.  Inactivated on 12 Dec 1945.  Redesignated as 452 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 3 Jul 1947.  Activated in the Reserve on 9 Aug 1947.  Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949.  Redesignated as 452 Fighter-Day Squadron on 24 Mar 1954.  Activated on 1 Jul 1954.  Inactivated on 18 Nov 1957.  Redesignated as 452 Flying Training Squadron on 28 Jul 1972.  Activated on 1 Apr 1973.  Inactivated on 31 May 1993.  Redesignated as 452 Test Squadron on 31 Aug 1993.  Activated on 1 Oct 1993.  Redesignated as 452 Flight Test Squadron on 1 Mar 1994.  Inactivated on 30 Jun 2010.  Activated on 1 Mar 2017. 

Assignments. 322 Bombardment Group, 17 Jul 1942-12 Dec 1945.  322 Bombardment Group, 9 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 1991-31 May 1993.  412 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-30 Jun 2010.  412 Operations Group, 1 Mar 2017-. 


Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 17 Jul 1942; Drane Field, FL, 22 Sep-15 Nov 1942; Rattlesden, England, 1 Dec 1942; Rougham, England, 22 Mar 1943; Great Saling, England, 12 Jun 1943; Beauvais/Tille, France, c. 29 Sep 1944; Le Culot, Belgium, c. 26 Mar 1945; Wickenrode, Germany, Jun 1945; Hornel, Germany, Jul 1945; Clastres, France, c. 1 Oct -3 Dec 1945; Camp Myles Standish, MA, 11-12 Dec 1945.  Reading AAFld (later, Reading Muni Aprt), PA, 9 Aug 1947-27 Jun 1949.  Foster AFB, TX, 1 Jul 1954-18 Nov 1957 (deployed at Landstuh AB, Germany, 20 Sep-4 Oct 1956).  Mather AFB, CA, 1 Apr 1973-31 May 1993.  Edwards AFB, CA, 1 Oct 1993-30 Jun 2010.  Edwards AFB, CA, 1 Mar 2017-. 


Commanders. None (not manned), 17 Jul-11 Aug 1942; Maj Gove C. Celio Jr., 12 Aug 1942; Lt Col Erwin C. Wursten, 8 Nov 1943; Maj Howard E. Short, 1 Jun 1945-unkn.  Lt Col Ignatius Sargent, 9 Aug 1947-unkn.  Maj Leroy V. Grosshuesch, 1 Jul 1954; Maj Charles C. Jones, c. Apr 1955; Maj Robert L. Koles, c. Jul 1957; Lt Col Ralph E. Keyes, 31 Jul-18 Nov 1957.  Lt Col Elliott L. Feiner, 1 Apr 1973; Lt Col Hiram R. Sullivan, 15 May 1974; Lt Col Jack G. Remson, 16 Jun 1975; Lt Col Don E. Kosovac, 2 Jul 1977; Lt Col David W. Gingery, 21 May 1979; Lt Col Benton G. Dishman Jr., 6 Oct 1980; Lt Col Robert M. DePhilippis, 6 May 1982-. 


Aircraft. B-26, 1942-1945.  AT-6, AT-7, and AT-11, 1947-1949.  F-86, 1954-1955; F-100, 1955-1957.  Probably flew (but did not possess) T-29, 1973-1975, and T-43, 1973-. 


Operations. Combat in the European Theater of Operations, flying medium twin-engine bombers, 14 May 1943-24 Apr 1945.  Disarmament of Germany Air Force, Jun-Sep 1945.  Trained in the Reserve, using trainers instead of bombers, 1947-1949.  Trained to become combat proficient in F-86 and, later, F-100 aircraft as part of Tactical Air Command, 1954-12957.  Replaced the 3540 Navigator Training Squadron on 1 Apr 1973 and assumed task of providing undergraduate navigator training for non-rated personnel of the USAF, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and friendly foreign nations.  Later, in Jul 1976, added undergraduate navigator training of US Navy personnel and, in Jan 1977, of US Coast Guard personnel.  Began training female navigators in Mar 1977. 


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. 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 Jan-31 Dec 1996; 1 Jan 1997-31 Dec 1998; 1 Jan-[30 Jun 2010].    


Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 21 Mar 2017.


Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Jun 1982. 


Supersedes statement prepared on 3 Nov 1997. 


Emblem. Approved on 20 Jul 1955; newest rendition 23 Oct 1995.    


Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman.