343d Reconnaissance Squadron

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343d Reconnaissance Squadron
343d Reconnaissance Squadron.jpg
343d Reconnaissance Squadron Patch
Active 1 February 1943 - 20 August 1946
24 February 1947 - 14 October 1949
1 November 1950 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Reconnaissance and Surveillance
Part of Air Combat Command
12th Air Force
55th Wing
55th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Offutt Air Force Base
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
343d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron - SAC
Emblem of the World War II 343d Fighter Squadron

The 343d Reconnaissance Squadron (343 RS) is part of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

History[edit]

The 343d flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 15 October 1943-21 April 1945. It conducted aerial photography from 1947–1949 and global strategic reconnaissance from 1950-1979. Since 1979 the squadron has provided worldwide strategic reconnaissance support, including operations in Grenada in 1983, Libya in 1986, and Southwest Asia from 1990-1991.[1]

Lineage[1][edit]

  • Constituted as 343 Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine), on 21 Jan 1943
Activated on 1 Feb 1943
Redesignated as: 343 Fighter Squadron, Twin Engine, on 20 Aug 1943
Redesignated as: 343 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine, on 5 Sep 1944
Inactivated on 20 Aug 1946
  • Redesignated as 343 Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Mapping, on 5 Feb 1947
Activated on 24 Feb 1947
Redesignated as 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Mapping, on 29 Jun 1948
Inactivated on 14 Oct 1949
  • Redesignated as 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Electronics, on 27 Oct 1950
Activated on 1 Nov 1950
Redesignated as: 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, on 15 Jul 1954
Redesignated as: 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron on 16 Aug 1966
Redesignated as: 343 Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Assignments[1][edit]

Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 19 Jul-26 Oct 1948
Attached to 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Nov 1950-3 Jan 1951
Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 4 Jan 1951-15 Jun 1952

Stations[1][edit]

Deployed at Benguerir AB, French Morocco, 30 May 1955-8 Aug 1955

Aircraft Operated[1][edit]

Operations[1][edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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