17th Reconnaissance Squadron
|17th Reconnaissance Squadron|
Emblem of the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron
|Active||1942 - 1946
1951 - 1979
2008 - Present
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Engagements||World War II
Established as a photo-reconnaissance squadron in mid-1942, trained under Second Air Force in Colorado, equipped with very-long range F-5 (P-38 Lightning) reconnaissance aircraft Deployed to the South Pacific Area, assigned to Thirteenth Air Force. Flew hazardous unarmed reconnaissance missions over enemy-held territory in Guadalcanal; New Guinea; Northern Solomon Islands; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Central Burma and southeast China. Inactivated in the Philippines, April 1946.
Reactivated at Shaw AFB, South Carolina in 1951 as a photo-reconnaissance training squadron. Equipped with several reconnaissance aircraft during the 1950s, deploying to NATO in 1959 with the RF-101C Voodoo. Operated from France until 1966, moving to RAF Upper Heyford, England. Remained in England until 1970, moved to West Germany and re-equipped with RF-4C Phantom II aircraft. Remained at Zweibrücken AB until 1979 when inactivated due to budget reductions.
- Constituted 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 14 July 1942.
- Activated on 23 July 1942.
- Redesignated: 17th Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 February 1943.
- Redesignated: 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 November 1943.
- Inactivated on 19 April 1946.
- Redesignated 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet on 1 April 1951.
- Activated on 2 April 1951.
- Re-designated: 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 October 1966.
- Inactivated 1 January 1979.
- Redesignated 17th Reconnaissance Squadron on 4 March 2002.
- Activated on 8 March 2002.
- 4th Photographic (later, 4th Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping; 4th Photographic; 4th Reconnaissance) Group, 23 July 1942.
- Thirteenth Air Force, 5 December 1945.
- XIII Fighter Command, 10 December 1945.
- 85th Fighter Wing; 1 February 1946.
- Pacific Air Command, U. S. Army, 1–19 April 1946.
- 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 2 April 1951.
- 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 February 1958.
- 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 10 May 1959.
- 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, 12 January 1970.
- 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 31 January 1973-1 January 1979.
- 57th Operations Group, 8 March 2002–present.
- Colorado Springs Army Air Base, Colorado, 23 July-24 October 1942.
- Camp Deptha, Nouméa, New Caledonia, 2 December 1942.
- Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 16 January 1943.
- Detachment operated from: Munda Airfield, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, c. 13 October 1943-31 January 1944, 9 March-1 April 1944.
- Detachment operated from: Buka Airfield, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, c. 11 December 1943-February 1945.
- Detachment operated from: Kornasoren (Yebrurro) Airfield, Noemfoor, Schouten Islands, 8–23 October 1944.
- Detachment operated from: Sansapor Airfield, Netherlands East Indies, 13 October-4 November 1944.
- Puerto Princesa Airfield, Palawan, Philippines, 11 May 1945-19 April 1946.
- Shaw AFB, South Carolina, 2 April 1951-10 May 1959.
- Laon-Couvron Air Base, France, 10 May 1959.
- RAF Upper Heyford, England, September 1966.
- Zweibrücken Air Base, Germany, 12 January 1970-1 January 1979.
- Indian Springs AFAF (later Cheech AFB), Nevada, 8 March 2002–present.
- 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was stationed in France, England then West Germany during the period of 1951-1979.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
- 17th Reconnaissance Squadron Factsheet