66th Troop Carrier Squadron
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|66th Troop Carrier Squadron|
Emblem of the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron
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It was inactivated on 17 April 1951.
During World War II, the squadron operated primarily in the Southwest Pacific Theater, conveying personnel, dropping parachutists, towing gliders, transporting cargo, munitions and evacuating casualties in numerous campaigns. The squadron earned both the United States Distinguished Unit Citation and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for its combat operations.
As part of the Air Force Reserve during the postwar years, the squadron performed peacetime transport missions. Ordered to active service during the Korean War, the units' equipment and personnel were reassigned to Far East Air Force active duty units.
It was then inactivated as a paper unit.
- Constituted as the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron on 7 December 1942
- Activated on 12 December 1942
- Inactivated on 15 January 1946
- Activated in the reserve on 3 August 1947
- Redesignated the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium) on 27 June 1949.
- Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951.
- Inactivated on 17 April 1951.
- 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.