326th Airlift Squadron

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326th Airlift Squadron
326th Airlift Squadron.jpg
326th Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 11 April 1944 - 26 December 1945
15 July 1947 - 1 April 1951
14 June 1952 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
22nd Air Force
512th Airlift Wing
512th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Dover Air Force Base
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

The 326th Airlift Squadron (326 AS) is part of the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission world wide.


Fly peacetime missions as an adjunct to, or a corollary of, training. Be prepared to be the initial and primary source of augmentation of the active forces in an emergency, requiring rapid and substantial expansion of the active forces.


The 326th trained for overseas troop carrier operations from, April–August 1944. It moved to Asia, and transported troops and supplies to forward areas in China and India from, September 1944-September 1945.

The 326th trained in the Reserve for troop carrier operations from, 1947-1951. The squadron resumed training in the Reserve for airlift missions in 1952. It has since taken part in various contingency and humanitarian airlift operations worldwide.


  • Constituted 1st Combat Cargo Squadron on 11 April 1944
Activated on 15 April 1944
Redesignated 326st Troop Carrier Squadron on 29 September 1945
Inactivated on 26 December 1945
  • Activated in the Reserve on 15 July 1947
Redesignated 326st Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 2 September 1949
Ordered to active service on 15 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 April 1951
  • Activated in the Reserve on 14 June 1952
Ordered to active service on 28 October 1962
Relieved from active duty on 28 November 1962
Redesignated: 326st Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 July 1967
Redesignated: 326st Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 25 September 1968
Redesignated: 326st Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992
Redesignated: 326st Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1994.


Attached to 69th Composite Wing, 16 Aug-10 November 1945


Aircraft operated[edit]


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