6th Special Operations Squadron

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6th Special Operations Squadron
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6th Special Operations Squadron Patch
Active 30 September 1944 – 3 November 1945
18 April 1962 – 15 November 1969
8 January 1970 – 15 September 1974
1 April 1994 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations
Part of Air Force Special Operations Command
1st Special Operations Wing
1st Special Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Hurlburt Field
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The 6th Special Operations Squadron (6 SOS) is part of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. It is a combat aviation advisory unit.

Its mission is to assess, train, advise, and assist foreign aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and force integration.[1]


The 6th flew combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II from 17 October 1944 – 8 May 1945.[2]

It again flew combat missions from 1 March 1968 to 15 November 1969 during the Vietnam War. The squadron went on to conduct replacement training for US and allied pilots in A-37 Dragonfly aircraft from January 1970 – September 1974.[2]

Since 1994 the squadron has sent advisers to help US-allied forces employ and sustain their own airpower resources and, when necessary, integrate those resources into joint and multi-national operations.[1]



  • 6th Fighter Squadron (Commando) (1944–1966)
  • 6th Air Commando Squadron, Fighter (1966–1968)
  • 6th Special Operations Squadron (1968–1972)
  • 6th Special Operations Training Squadron (1972–1994)
  • 6th Special Operations Flight (1994)
  • 6th Special Operations Squadron (1994 – present)


A 6th SOS A-1E Skyraider at Pleiku in 1968–69.


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  1. ^ a b "Factsheets : 6th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Robertson, Patsy. "Factsheet:6 Special Operations Squadron (AFSOC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 16 November 2010.

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