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514 Operations Group (AFRC)

Lineage. Established as 4 Combat Cargo Group on 9 Jun 1944. Activated on 13 Jun 1944. Inactivated on 9 Feb 1946. Disestablished on 8 Oct 1948. Reestablished, and redesignated 344 Military Airlift Group, on 31 Jul 1985. Consolidated (26 Jan 2001) with the 514 Troop Carrier Group, which was established on 13 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 29 May1947. Redesignated 514 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 26 Jun 1949. Ordered to Active Service on 1 May 1951. Inactivated on 1 Feb 1953. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Apr 1953. Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959. Redesignated: 514 Military Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985; 514 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.

Assignments. I Troop Carrier Command, 13 Jun 1944; Army Air Forces, India-Burma Theater, Nov 1944 (attached to Combat Cargo Task Force, c. 29 Nov 1944-31 May 1945 and to India-China Division, Air Transport Command, 15 Jun-13 Oct 1945); Eastern India Air Depot, 15 Jan-9 Feb 1946. 302 Troop Carrier Wing (later, 302 Air Division), 29 May 1947; 514 Troop Carrier Wing, 26 Jun 1949-1 Feb 1953. 514 Troop Carrier Wing, 1 Apr 1953-14 Apr 1959. 514 Airlift (later, 514 Air Mobility) Wing, 1 Aug 1992-.

Components. Squadrons. 13: 13 Jun 1944-29 Dec 1945. 14: 13 Jun 1944-9 Feb 1946. 15: 13 Jun 1944-29 Dec 1945. 16: 13 Jun 1944-5 Sep 1945; 21 Oct-29 Dec 1945. 76 Air Refueling: 1 Oct 1994-. 78 Air Refueling: 1 Oct 1994-. 323: 30 Sep 1947-27 Jun 1949. 324: 17 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 325: 15 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 327: 29 May 1947-2 Sep 1949. 335 Troop Carrier (later, 335 Airlift): 26 Jun 1949-1 Feb 1953; 1 Apr 1953-14 Apr 1959; 1 Aug 1992-30 Sep 1995. 336: 26 Jun 1949-1 Feb 1953; 1 Apr 1953-14 Apr 1959. 337: 26 Jun 1949-1 Feb 1953; 1 Apr 1953-1 Jul 1957; 8 Jul 1958-14 Apr 1959. 338: 26 Jun 1949-2 May 1951. 702 Airlift: 1 Aug 1992-1 Mar 2000. 732 Airlift, 1 Aug 1992-.

Stations. Syracuse AAB, NY, 13 Jun 1944; Bowman Field, KY, 17 Aug 1944; Baer Field, IN, 6-16 Nov 1944; Sylhet, India, c. 28 Nov 1944; Agartala, India, late Dec 1944; Chittagong, India, 31 Jan 1945; Namponmao, Burma, 10 Jun 1945; Ondal, India, Nov 1945-9 Feb 1946. Marietta AAFld (later, AFB), GA, 29 May 1947; Birmingham Muni Aprt, 26 Jun 1949; Mitchel AFB, NY, 10 Oct 1949-1 Feb 1953. Mitchel AFB, NY, 1 Apr 1953-14 Apr 1959. McGuire AFB, NJ, 1 Aug 1992-.

Commanders. Lt Col Stuart D. Baird, 13 Jun 1944; Lt Col Lucian S. Rochte Jr., 24 Aug 1945-unkn. Lt Col Warren E. Cerrone, by 1 Feb 1951; Lt Col John H. Lackey Jr., 21 Jun 1951; Lt Col Phillip N. Loring, Jan 1952; Col Benton R. Baldwin, 1 May 1952-1 Feb 1953. Unkn, 1 Apr 1953-14 Apr 1959. Col Thomas Brown, 1 Aug 1992; Lt Col James K. Moran, 5 May 1993; Col Alfred E. Cronk, 25 Jul 1993; Col Anthony P. Capoccia, 8 Jun 1996-.

Aircraft. C-47, 1944; C-46, 1944-1945. Unkn, 1947-1949; C/TC-46, 1949-1953; T-6, 1949-1951; T-7, 1949-1951; T-11, 1949-1951; C-119, 1952-1953. C-45, 1953; C-46, 1953-1954; C-119, 1954-1959. C-141, 1992-; KC-10, 1994-.

Operations. Trained in the U.S. with C-46 and C-47 aircraft before moving to India in Nov 1944,beginning operations in early Dec as part of the combined Combat Cargo Task Force. Transported reinforcements and supplies for Allied forces in Burma until May 1945. Operations included moving equipment and materials for the Ledo Road in Dec 1944; transporting men, mules, and boats when the Allies crossed the Irrawaddy River in Feb 1945; and dropping Gurkha paratroops during the assault on Rangoon in May. Moved to Burma in Jun and hauled ammunition, gasoline, mules, and men to China until the war ended. Trained in the Reserve for troop carrier operations, May 1947 to Feb 1953 and Apr 1953 to Apr 1959. Participated in several exercises and operations, airlifting personnel and equipment of various operational wings between bases within the United States. Activated in the Reserve in Aug 1992 to fly strategic airlift missions. Provided trained personnel to augment active force in emergencies. Personnel assigned to its squadrons participated in contingency airlift operations, some to Africa, and in training exercises. The group also began flying air refueling missions in 1994.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: India-Burma; Central Burma; China Offensive.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Oct 1995-30 Sep 1997.

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 20 Feb 2001.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Sep 1996.

Supersedes statement prepared on 1 Mar 2000. 

Emblem. Group will use the wing emblem with the group designation in the scroll. 

Prepared by Judy G. Endicott.