562d Flying Training Squadron

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562d Flying Training Squadron
562d Flying Training Squadron.jpg
562d Flying Training Squadron Patch
Active 24 December 1942 - 28 August 1945
12 June 1947 - 27 June 1949
23 November 1953 - 10 December 1957
1 May 1962 - 31 July 1972
31 October 1974 - 30 June 1992
14 May 1993 - September 2010
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Navigator Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
19th Air Force
12th Flying Training Wing
12th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Randolph Air Force Base
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Emblem of the World War II 562d Bombardment Squadron
F-105Ds of the 562d Tactical Fighter Squadron, deployed from McConnel AFB, KS to Southeast Asia (Thailand), 1965
North American F-100D-40-NH Super Sabre Serial 55-2760 assigned to the 562d TFS/388th TFW, then to 8th TFS/49th TFW
T-43 operated by the 562 FTS at RAF Fairford

The 562d Flying Training Squadron (562 FTS) was part of the 12th Flying Training Wing based at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. It operated the T-43 conducting navigator training.[1]


History[edit]

The 562d was first activated on 24 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho, on 24 December 1942, and moved to Wendover Field, Utah, on 5 February 1943, where it began training in B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft. The squadron participated in approximately 300 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from 17 July 1943 until its last World War II mission, flown to the Landsberg Aerodrome near Munich, on 21 April 1945. During the summer of 1945, the 562d airlifted food to starving people of the Netherlands.[2]

From August 1945 until 1980, the squadron saw several periods of activation and inactivation. During this period, the 562d flew AT-6 Texan, AT-11 Kansan, C-46 Commando, C-47 Skytrain, B-26 Marauder, F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, and F-105 Thunderchiefaircraft at various bases. During 1965, while stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, the 562d deployed to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where it participated in five months of sustained combat operations in the Vietnam War.[2]

From 31 October 1974 to 30 June 1992, the 562d was stationed at George Air Force Base, California to fly the F-105 and then the F-4G Phantom II aircraft conducting "Wild Weasel" missions. During this time the squadron also participated in Operation Desert Storm.[2]

The 562d Flying Training Squadron conducted part of the Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas as part of the 12th Flying Training Wing until navigator training and Electronic Warfare Training was combined into the Combat Systems Officer (CSO) Training and moved to Naval Air Station Pensacola.[2]

Lineage[edit]

  • 562d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (1942–1943)
  • 562d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy (1943–1947)
  • 562d Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy (1947–1953)
  • 562d Fighter-Bomber Squadron (1953–1962)
  • 562d Tactical Fighter Squadron (1962–1980)
  • 562d Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (1980–1991)
  • 562d Fighter Squadron (1991–1992)
  • 562d Flying Training Squadron (1992–2010)

Assignments[edit]

Bases stationed[edit]

Aircraft Operated[edit]

Operations[edit]

References[edit]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, AL: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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