41st Electronic Combat Squadron
|41st Electronic Combat Squadron|
41st Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Compass Call 73-1581
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Engagements||World War I
World War II
|41st Electronic Combat Squadron emblem|
The 41st Electronic Combat Squadron is a United States Air Force unit. Its current assignment is with the 55th Electronic Combat Group, being stationed as a tenant unit at its host wing Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona as a geographically separated unit from its parent wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
The squadron is one of the oldest in the United States Air Force, its origins dating to 14 June 1917, being organized at Kelly Field, Texas. It served overseas in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. The squadron saw combat during World War II, and became part of the Tactical Air Command (TAC) during the Cold War.
Observation unit with French XVII and XXXII, and American III and IV Army Corps, August 16 – November 11, 1918. Air defense for Panama Canal, January 1942 – May 1944, with occasional antisubmarine patrols over the Caribbean and Pacific, especially during May and June 1942; deployed to Western Pacific in June 1945, but never entered combat. Combat in Southeast Asia, c. November 1965 – October 31, 1969. Command, control, and communications countermeasures, 1982–. Electronic countermeasures in Southwest Asia, August 27, 1990 – April 17, 1991.
- Organized as Company A, 4th Balloon Squadron on November 13, 1917
- Redesignated: 9th Balloon Company on July 25, 1918
- Redesignated: 9th Airship Company on August 30, 1921
- Redesignated: 9th Airship Squadron on October 26, 1933
- Redesignated: 1st Observation Squadron on June 1, 1937
- Redesignated: 1st Observation Squadron (Medium) on January 13, 1942
- Redesignated: 1st Observation Squadron on July 4, 1942
- Redesignated: 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Special) on June 25, 1943
- Redesignated: 41st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on November 25, 1944
- Redesignated: 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on January 24, 1946
- Inactivated on June 17, 1946
- Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night-Photographic, on January 14, 1954
- Activated on March 18, 1954
- Inactivated on May 18, 1959
- Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet, and activated, on June 30, 1965
- Organized on October 1, 1965
- Redesignated: 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on October 8, 1966
- Redesignated: 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron on March 15, 1967
- Inactivated on October 31, 1969
- Redesignated 41st Electronic Combat Squadron on June 17, 1980
- Activated on July 1, 1980
- Type R observation balloon, 1918–1919,
- 1919-1921; probably included RN-1 (Zodiac), type SST (Mullion), type AA (pony blimp), A-4, D-4, OA-1, AC-1, TA-1, TA-5, TC-1, TC-3, TC-5, TC-6, TC-10, TC-11, TC-14, TE-1, type TE-3, and TF-1 nonrigid airships, RS-9 semirigid airship, type R (later, C-3) and C-6 observation balloons, and A-6, A-7, and A-8 spherical balloons during period 1922-1937.
- O-19, Douglas O-25, and apparently O-46, during period 1937-1939.
- O-47, 1938–1944, L-4 and B-18, 1942–1944,
- P-39, 1943–1944, included Kellett YG-1B, c. 1938-1940, YO-51 Dragonfly, 1940–1941, Bellanca YO-50, and apparently O-59 Grasshopper, 1941, O-49, 1941–1943, and CG-4, 1943; A-20, 1944, primarily F-5 Lightning, 1944-1946.
- RB-26, 1954–1956;
- RB-66, 1956-1959.
- RB-66, 1965; EB-66, 1965-1969.
- EC-130H Compass Call, 1982-.