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337 Test and Evaluation Squadron (ACC)

337 Test and Evaluation Squadron (ACC) Emblem

337 Test and Evaluation Squadron (ACC) Emblem

Lineage. Constituted 337 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 15 Jul 1942. Redesignated 337 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 22 Jun 1943. Inactivated on 29 Nov 1945. Redesignated 337 Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 13 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 29 May 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 337 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 6 Nov 1953. Activated on 18 Nov 1953. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Mar 1963. Redesignated 337 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, and activated, on 20 Mar 1963. Organized on 15 Sep 1963. Redesignated 337 Bomb Squadron on 1 Sep 1991. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1994. Redesignated 337 Test and Evaluation Squadron on 8 Apr 2004. Activated on 14 May 2004. 

Assignments. 96 Bombardment Group, 15 Jul 1942-29 Nov 1945. 96 Bombardment Group, 29 May 1947-27 Jun 1949. 96 Bombardment (later, 96 Strategic Aerospace) Wing, 18 Nov 1953-15 Mar 1963. Strategic Air Command, 20 Mar 1963; 96 Strategic Aerospace (later, 96 Bombardment) Wing, 15 Sep 1963; 96 Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991; 7 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1993-1 Oct 1994. 53 Test and Evaluation Group, 14 May 2004-. 

Stations. Salt Lake City AAB, UT, 15 Jul 1942; Gowen Field, ID, 6 Aug 1942; Walla Walla AAFld, WA, 31 Aug 1942; Rapid City AAB, SD, 29 Sep 1942; Pocatello AAB, ID, 3 Nov 1942; Pyote AAB, TX, 7 Jan-15 Apr 1943; Great Saling (Andrews Field), England, 13 May 1943; Snetterton Heath, England, 29 May 1943-22 Nov 1945; Camp Kilmer, NJ, 27-29 Nov 1945. Gunter Field (later, AFB), AL, 29 May 1947-27 Jun 1949. Altus AFB, OK, 18 Nov 1953; Dyess AFB, TX, 8 Sep 1957-15 Mar 1963. Dyess AFB, TX, 15 Sep 1963-1 Oct 1994. Dyess AFB, TX, 14 May 2004-. 

Commanders. Maj William D. Ready, 15 Jul 1942; Maj Virgil L. Emerson, 1 Dec 1942; Maj James R. Irish, 29 Jul 1943; Lt Col Melvin E. Buckner, 23 Jul 1944; Maj George E. Long, 13 Jan 1945; Maj Elmer M. Richardson, 18 Jun 1945; Capt John E. Roberts, 26 Sep 1945; 1Lt Harrison Clarke, 6 Oct 1945; unkn, 7 Oct-29 Nov 1945. Maj William L. Wood, 1947; unkn, 1947-27 Jun 1949. None (unit unmanned), 18 Nov 1953-Feb 1955; Maj George W.E. Harris, Mar 1955; Lt Col Stephen H. Sherill Jr., Apr 1955; Lt Col George W.E. Harris, 7 Sep 1957; Lt Col Robert L. Hinchee, 10 Dec 1958; Lt Col Richard C. Wilson, by 30 Nov 1960; Lt Col Michael E. Shahan, by 30 Jun 1961; unkn, 1 Oct 1962-15 Mar 1963. Lt Col Lee McLendon, 15 Sep 1963; Lt Col John R. Spalding Jr., by 31 May 1965; Lt Col George C. Kalebaugh, by 31 Dec 1965; Lt Col John W. Rosanbalm, by 31 Mar 1967; Lt Col William E. Burgen, 6 Jul 1969; Lt Col William C. Kroskob, 23 May 1971; Lt Col William C. Geil, by 30 Sep 1972; Lt Col Arlyn F. Toppert, 26 Jan 1973; Lt Col Billy F. Shackelford, 27 May 1974; Lt Col Curtis D. Moore, 2 Jan 1976; Lt Col Charles A. May Jr., 4 Feb 1977; Lt Col Darwin D. Boyd, Jul 1978; Lt Col John D. Jacobcik, 5 Jan 1979; Lt Col Daniel J. Feighary, Jan 1980; Lt Col Dale W. Vantilborg, 1 Oct 1981; Lt Col John C. Conn Jr., 15 Dec 1982; Lt Col Charles A. Lancaster, 11 Oct 1983; none (unit unmanned), 1 May 1985; Lt Col Robert J. Pavelko, 1 Mar 1986; Lt Col John E. Wilcox, 26 Jan 1987; Lt Col John J. Richard Jr., 1 Feb 1988; Lt Col David R. Hall, 5 May 1989; Lt Col Gary H. Flynt, 28 Jun 1990; Lt Col Craig Wolfenbarger, 31 Mar 1992; Lt Col Timothy C. Bailey, 19 Jan 1993; Lt Col Douglas A. Raaberg, 25 Jun 1993; Lt Col Edward P. Schoeck, 1 Oct 1993-1 Oct 1994. 

Aircraft. B-17, 1942-1945. AT-6, 1947-1949; AT-11, 1947-1949. B-47, 1955-1963. B-52, 1963-1970, 1970-1972, 1973-1985; B-1, 1986-1994. 

Operations. From 14 May 1943 to 21 Apr 1945, squadron conducted strategic bombardment of shipyards, submarine bases, marshalling yards, oil facilities, airfields, and aircraft plants. On occasion, flew tactical sorties against gun emplacements, rocket sites, enemy troops, and communications centers. On 17 Aug 1943, earned first Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC), striking targets at Regensburg and Schweinfurt, Germany. On 14 Oct 1943, participated in the war's single most important raid on ball-bearing factories at Schweinfurt. On 9 Apr 1944, earned second DUC in attack on aircraft components factories at Poznan, Poland. In support of Normandy operations on 6 Jun 1944, attacked enemy field batteries and miscellaneous targets. Beginning in 1968 B-52 aircraft and crews deployed to Southeast Asia (SEA) for bombardment operations. For much of the conflict, furnished aircraft and crews to SAC organizations based in SEA. Squadron non-operational at Dyess AFB, 27 Jun-19 Sep 1970 and c. 8 Apr 1972-28 Oct 1973. 

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 Citations: Germany, 17 Aug 1943; Poznan, Poland, 9 Apr 1944. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1959-31 Dec 1960; 1 Jul 1974-30 Jun 1975; 1 Jul 1978-30 Jun 1979; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990; [1 Jul] 1990-29 May 1992; 1 Jun 1992-30 May 1994. 

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 26 Aug 2004.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Oct 1994.

Supersedes statement prepared on 27 Aug 1982.

Emblem. Approved on 29 Aug 1967.

Prepared by Forrest L. Marion.

Approved by Judy G. Endicott.