403d Operations Group
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|403d Operations Group|
Emblem of the parent 403d Wing
|Active||1942–1946; 1949–1953; 1953–1959; 1992–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
The 403 OG performs missions including airlift of personnel, equipment and supplies. Additionally, the group is the only unit in the Department of Defense tasked to organize, equip, train and perform all hurricane weather reconnaissance in support of the Department of Commerce.
- 403d Operations Support Flight
- 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters"
- 815th Airlift Squadron "Flying Jennies"
Trained for overseas troop carrier operations from late 1942 to the summer of 1943, when it moved to the South Pacific.
Transported men and supplies to forward areas in the Solomon Islands and flew passenger and cargo routes to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and New Caledonia. The group also moved personnel of Thirteenth Air Force units to the Southwest Pacific theater. Supported campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines by transporting men and cargo to combat areas, evacuating casualties, and landing or dropping supplies for guerrilla forces. On 23 February 1945, dropped paratroops at Laguna de Bay, Luzon, to free civilian internees held by the Japanese.
Earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for transporting ammunition, food, and other supplies to Eighth Army forces in Mindanao and for landing on jungle airstrips to evacuate wounded personnel from Apr to Jun. From the Philippines, ferried occupation troops to Japan, evacuated liberated prisoners, and flew cargo and passenger routes to Japan and Australia.
From June 1949 until 1 April 1951, when it was called the active duty, the group trained as a reserve troop carrier unit in Oregon.
In Mar and April 1952, moved to Japan for operations against communist forces in Korea. Using C-119s, the group dropped paratroops and supplies, transported personnel and equipment, and evacuated casualties. On 1 January 1953, relieved from active duty and inactivated in Japan.
It activated again as a reserve unit, training for airlift, air evacuation, and aeromedical evacuation missions until inactivation in 1959. From 1992, the group flew Air Force Reserve airlift and weather reconnaissance missions, including Hurricane Hunter missions.
- Established as 403d Troop Carrier Group on 7 December 1942
- Activated on 12 December 1942
- Inactivated on 15 October 1946
- Redesignated 403d Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 10 May 1949
- Activated in the Reserve on 27 June 1949
- Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
- Inactivated on 1 January 1953
- Activated in the Reserve on 1 January 1953
- Inactivated on 14 April 1959
- Redesignated: 403d Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
- Redesignated: 403d Operations Group on 1 August 1992
- Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1992.
- 6th Troop Carrier Squadron: 15 May – 15 October 1946
- 9th Troop Carrier Squadron: 31 May – 15 October 1946
- 13th Troop Carrier Squadron: 22 August 1943 – 15 October 1946
- 19th Troop Carrier Squadron: 31 May – 15 October 1946
- 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron: 1 November 1993–present
- 63d Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 December 1942 May-15 May 1946 (detached 10 October 1943 – 3 July 1944); 27 June 1949-1 January 1953; 1 January 1953 – 14 April 1959
- 64th Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 December 1942 May-15 May 1946; 27 June 1949 – 1 January 1953; 1 January 1953-14 April 1959
- 65th Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 December 1942 – 26 July 1943; 20 February 1945-27 January 1946; 27 June 1949 – 1 January 1953; 1 January 1953-16 November 1957
- 66th Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 December 1942 – 21 July 1943; 20 February 1945-15 January 1946; 27 June 1949 – 17 April 1951
- 815th Airlift Squadron: 1 August 1992–present.
- C-47, 1942–1946; C/VC-47, 1952; TC-47, 1957–1959
- C-46, 1945–1946; C/TC-46, 1949–1952
- C-54, 1952
- C-119, 1952, 1957–1959
- C-46, 1953–1957
- C-130, 1992–present; WC-130, 1992–present