26th Tactical Missile Squadron

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26th Tactical Missile Squadron
Otis Air Force Base Bomarc-B missile.jpg
Bomarc missile at Otis AFB
Active 1942-1943, 1959-1972
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Size Squadron
Part of Air Defense Command
Motto(s) Vigilant Defender
Equipment CIM-10 Bomarc
Insignia
Patch with 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron emblem 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron - ADC - Emblem.png

The 26th Tactical Missile Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 21st Air Division, Aerospace Defense Command, stationed near Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts. It was inactivated on 30 April 1972.

History[edit]

The squadron was activated on 1 March 1959 as the 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron (BOMARC)[1] and stood alert during the Cold War, equipped with IM-99 (later CIM-10) BOMARC surface to air antiaircraft missiles. The squadron was tied into a Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) direction center which could use analog computers to process information from ground radars, picket ships and airborne aircraft[2] to accelerate the display of tracking data at the direction center to quickly direct the missile site to engage hostile aircraft.[3] It was inactivated on 30 April 1972.[1]

The BOMARC missile site was located 1 mile (1.6 km) north-northwest of Otis AFB at 41°40′56″N 070°32′21″W / 41.68222°N 70.53917°W / 41.68222; -70.53917 (26th ADMS). Although located outside of the base (but within the borders of the Massachusetts Military Reservation, it was treated as an off base facility and the squadron received administrative and logistical support from Otis.

In 1985, the squadron was consolidated with the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, a World War II unit of the Army Air Forces that had provided air support for the training of ground forces,[4] but has never been active with this designation.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 26th Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 February 1942[4]
Activated on 2 March 1942[4]
Redesignated as the 26th Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942[4]
Redesignated as the 26th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter) on 2 April 1943[4]
Redesignated as the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 11 August 1943[4]
Disbanded on 30 November 1943[4]
  • Reconstituted on 19 September 1985 and consolidated with the 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron as the 26th Tactical Missile Squadron[5]
  • Constituted as the 26th Air Defense Missile Squadron on 23 January 1959
Activated on 1 March 1959
Inactivated on 30 April 1972
  • Consolidated with the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron as the 26th Tactical Missile Squadron on 19 September 1985[5]

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Award streamer Award Dates Notes
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 1967 - 30 June 1968 24th Air Defense Missile Squadron[6]
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Streamer.jpg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1 January 1970 - 30 June 1971 24th Air Defense Missile Squadron[7]
Campaign Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png American Theater of World War II 2 March 1942 - 30 November 1943 24th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron[4]

Aircraft and Missiles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Cornett & Johnson, p. 150
  2. ^ Winkler & Webster, p. 39
  3. ^ Winkler & Webster, p. 3
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 136
  5. ^ a b DAF/MPM Letter 662q, 19 Sep 1985, Subject: Reconstitution, Redesignation, and Consolidation of Selected Air Force Tactical Squadrons
  6. ^ AF Pamphlet 900-2, p. 147
  7. ^ AF Pamphlet 900-2, Vol. 2, p. 22

Bibliography[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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