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55 Air Refueling 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 755th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jul 1943. Redesignated: 755th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 20 Aug 1943; 755th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 5 Aug 1945. Inactivated on 17 Oct 1945. Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 55th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium, which was constituted on 22 Nov 1950. Activated on 1 Nov 1950. Inactivated on 18 Feb 1954. Activated on 1 Oct 1955. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Mar 1963. Redesignated: 55th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, on 19 Sep 1985; 55th Air Refueling Squadron on
31 May 1994. Activated on 28 Oct 1994.

Assignments. 458th Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1943-17 Oct 1945. 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Group, 1 Nov 1950 (attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Jan 1951-15 Jun 1952); 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 16 Jun 1952-18 Feb 1954. 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1955-15 Mar 1963 (attached to Eighth Air Force, 31 Oct-27 Dec 1956). 97th Operations Group, 28 Oct 1994-.

Stations. Wendover Field, UT, 1 Jul 1943; Gowen Field, ID, 28 Jul 1943; Kearns, UT, 10 Sep 1943; Wendover Field, UT, 15 Sep 1943; Tonopah AAFld, NV, 4 Nov 1943-1 Jan 1944; Horsham St Faith, England, 1 Feb 1944-3 Jul 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 15 Jul 1945; Walker AAFld, KS, 25 Jul 1945; March Field, CA, 22 Aug-17 Oct 1945. Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, 1 Nov 1950-9 Oct 1952; Forbes AFB, KS, 10 Oct 1952; Lincoln AFB, NE, 16-18 Feb 1954. Forbes AFB, KS, 1 Oct 1955-15 Mar 1963 (deployed at Ernest Harmon AB, Newfoundland, 31 Oct-27 Dec 1956). Altus AFB, OK, 28 Oct 1994-.

Aircraft. B-24, 1943-1945; B-29, 1945. KB-29, 1950-1954. KC-97, 1955-1963.

Operations. Combat in ETO, 24 Feb 1944-25 Apr 1945. Air refueling operations, 1950-1954 and 1955-1963.

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 Award: Jul 1956-Nov 1957.

Emblem. Azure two swords saltirewise Argent gripped Gold Brown below in chief a mullet of four saltirewise White superimposed by a mullet Or voided at the shading of the field; all within a diminished bordure Yellow. MOTTO: MASTERS OF THE ART. Approved on 13 Apr 1995; replaced emblem approved on 20 Mar 1945 (K 3216).