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43 Electronic Combat 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.  Organized as 86 Aero Squadron on 17 Aug 1917. Demobilized on 26 May 1919. Reconstituted, and consolidated (1 Dec 1936) with 86 Observation Squadron, which was constituted and activated on 1 Mar 1935. Inactivated on 1 Sep 1936. Activated on 1 Feb 1940. Redesignated as 86 Observation Squadron (Medium) on 26 Feb 1942; 86 Observation Squadron on 4 Jul 1942; 86 Reconnaissance Squadron (Bomber) on 31 May 1943; 86 Combat Mapping Squadron on 13 Nov 1943; 43 Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range, Photographic, on 16 Jun 1945. Inactivated on 22 Feb 1946. Redesignated as 43 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night-Photographic, on 14 Jan 1954. Activated on 18 Mar 1954. Redesignated as 43 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo-Jet, on 8 Apr 1956. Inactivated on 18 May 1959. Redesignated as 43 Electronic Combat Squadron on 6 Jun 1986. Activated on 1 Oct 1986. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1991. Activated on 1 May 1992.


Assignments.  Unkn, 17 Aug 1917–Sep 1918; Advanced Air Service Depot, Sep 1918–Mar 1919; unkn, Mar–26 May 1919. Air Corps Tactical School, 1 Mar 1935–1 Sep 1936. Hawaiian Department, 1 Feb 1940; Hawaiian (later, Seventh) Air Force, Nov 1940; AAF, Pacific Ocean Areas (later, US Army Strategic Air Forces), 24 Oct 1944 (attached to VI Air Service Area Command, 24 Oct 1944–14 Sep 1945; detachment attached to 4 Reconnaissance Group, Jun–Aug 1945); US Army Forces, Middle Pacific, 14 Sep 1945 (attached to 7 Fighter Wing to 22 Feb 1946); Twentieth Air Force, 18 Sep 1945; Seventh Air Force, 1 Jan–22 Feb 1946. 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 18 Mar

1954; 363 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Feb 1958–18 May 1959 (attached to 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, c. 1 Feb–7 Apr 1959). 66 Electronic Combat Wing, 1 Oct 1986–31 Jul 1991. 355 Operations Group, 1 May 1992; 55 Operations Group, 1 Oct 2002; 55 Electronic Combat Group, 3 Feb 2003-.


Stations.  Kelly Field, TX, 17 Aug 1917; Scott Field, IL, 24 Sep 1917; Garden City, NY, 26 Feb–5 Mar 1918; Shoreham by Sea, England, 25 Mar–11 Aug 1918; St Maixent, France, 15 Aug 1918; Romorantin, France, c. 25 Aug 1918; Vavincourt, France, 4 Sep 1918; Behonne, France, 18 Sep 1918; Bordeaux, France, c. 9 Mar 1919–unkn; Camp Lee, VA, c. 23–26 May 1919. Maxwell Field, AL, 1 Mar 1935–1 Sep 1936. Wheeler Field, TH, 1 Feb 1940; Bellows Field, TH, 15 Mar 1941; Hilo Aprt, TH, Jun 1942; Wheeler Field, TH, 17 Aug 1942–c. 28 Jun 1944 (detachment operated from Kwajalein, May–Jun 1944, and from Eniwetok, Jun–Aug 1944); Saipan, 8 Jul–6 Nov 1944 (air echelon, less Eniwetok detachment, at Wheeler Field, TH, to Oct 1944, and at Kahuka AAB, TH, from Oct 1944); Kahuka AAB, TH, 24 Nov 1944 (detachment operated from Puerta Princesa, Palawan, Jun–Aug 1945); Wheeler Field, TH, Feb–22 Feb 1946. Shaw AFB, SC, 18 Mar 1954–18 May 1959. Sembach AB, Germany, 1 Oct 1986–31 Jul 1991. Davis-Monthan

AFB, AZ, 1 May 1992–.


Aircraft.  Included O–19 during period 1935–1936. In addition to O–47, 1940–1943, and B–18, 1942–1943, included B–12, 1940–1942, O–49, 1941–1942; and A–20, A–24, L–2, L–3, PQ–8, and AT–23, 1943; principally F–7, 1944–1945. RB–57, 1954–1956; RB–66, 1956–1959. EC–130, 1987–1991. EC–130, 1992–.


Operations.  Air Park in Zone of Advance, Sep 1918–Mar 1919. Patrols over Hawaiian waters, 7 Dec 1941–c. May 1942; combat in Central Pacific and Western Pacific, 14 Apr–8 Aug 1944; primarily aerial transportation, Feb–Jul 1945; reconnaissance in Southwest Pacific, 6 Jul–c. 5 Aug 1945. Photographic reconnaissance over the Southwestern US, Mar 1954–May 1959. Electronic countermeasures, 1987–1991 and 1992–. Provided crewmen and equipment for electronic combat operations during the Gulf War, 17 Jan–10 Mar 1991, and Kosovo, 1999.


Service Streamers.  None.


Campaign Streamers.  World War I: Meuse-Argonne. World War II: Central Pacific; Eastern Mandates; Western Pacific; Southern Philippines; China Offensive; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia;

Liberation and Defense of Kuwait.  Kosovo: Air Campaign.  Global War on Terrorism: GWOT-E.


Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.


Decorations.  Meritorious Unit Awards: 1 Oct 2002-31 May 2004; 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2006; 1 Jun 2006-31 May 2007; 1 Jun 2007-31 May 2008; 1 Jun 2008-31 May 2009; 1 Jun 2009-31 May 2010; 18 Nov 2012-31 May 2014; 1 Jun 2014-31 May 2015.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jun 1989–31 May 1991; 1 Jun 2011-31 May 2012.


Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 15 Aug 2016.


Commanders Aircraft, and Operations through 30 Jun 2003.


Supersedes statement prepared in 30 Jun 2003.


Emblem.  Approved on 5 Nov 1987


Prepared by TSgt David Dollman.


Reviewed by Dr Daniel Haulman.