38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron
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316th Tactical Airlift Wing C-130E Hercules at Langley AFB
Active1942–1944; 1967–1975; 2008–2010
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleAirlift
Part ofUnited States Air Forces in Europe
Motto(s)Vincit Qui Primum Gerit Latin He Conquers Who Gets There First
EngagementsVietnam War[1]
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
Insignia
38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron emblem (approved 9 August 1967)[1]38 Expeditionary Airlift Sq.png
38th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem (approved 13 January 1943)[1]38 Troop Carrier Sq emblem.png

The 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is a provisional United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where it was inactivated on 15 September 2010.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

The 38th Troop Carrier Squadron was activated at Patterson Field, Ohio as one of the original squadrons of the 316th Transport Group in early 1942.[2][3] It was reassigned to the 10th Troop Carrier Group in 1943 and served as a training unit until it was disbanded in 1944. The squadron was operational training unit, from October 1942 until April 1943 it participated in the ferrying of gliders From June through August 1943 it participated in experimental glider operations. It later served as a replacement training for glider crews and participated in maneuvers.

Cold War[edit]

The squadron was reconstituted in 1966 and served as a tactical airlift unit from 1967 until the fall of 1975.

Present day[edit]

The unit was converted to provisional status as the 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and assigned to United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) to activate or inactivate as needed. USAFE activated it at Ramstein Air Base, Germany from 2008 until 2010.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 38th Transport Squadron on 2 February 1942
Activated on 14 February 1942
Redesignated 38th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942
Disbanded on 14 April 1944[4]
  • Reconstituted and activated 8 August 1966 (not organized)
Organized on 1 January 1967
Redesignated 38th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 May 1967
Inactivated on 31 August 1975
  • Converted to provisional status and redesignated 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron on 3 September 2002
Activated on 27 June 2008
Inactivated on 15 September 2010

Assignments[edit]

  • 316th Transport Group (later 316th Troop Carrier Group), 14 February 1942
  • 10th Troop Carrier Group, 19 May 1943 – 14 April 1944[4]
  • 316th Troop Carrier Wing (later 316th Tactical Airlift Wing), 1 January 1967 (attached to 315th Air Division[5] 8 February 1968 – 19 July 1968)[6]
  • 313th Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 July 1969 (attached to 513th Tactical Airlift Wing[7] 5 November 1970 – 7 January 1971, 13 September 1971 – 16 November 1971)[8]
  • 316th Tactical Airlift Wing, 15 November 1971 – 31 August 1975 (attached to 513th Tactical Airlift Wing[7] 11 March 1972 – 6 May 1972, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing[9] 31 August 1972 – 29 November 1972, 513th Tactical Airlift Wing[7] 7 May 1973 – 15 July 1973, unknown 29 August 1973 – 3 October 1973, 322d Tactical Airlift Wing[10] 16 December 1974 – 15 February 1975)[6]
  • United States Air Forces Europe, to activate or inactivate as needed 3 September 2002
attached to 86th Operations Group, 27 June 2008 – 15 September 2010

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

Service streamer[edit]

Service Streamer Campaign Dates Notes
World War II - American Campaign Streamer (Plain).png American Theater without inscription 14 February 1942 – 14 April 1944 38th Troop Carrier Squadron[2]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Robertson, Patsy (13 April 2009). "Factsheet 38 Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (USAFE)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 181–182
  3. ^ Maurer, Combat Units, pp. 193–195
  4. ^ a b c d Lineage, including assignments, stations and aircraft during World War II in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 181–182
  5. ^ "Factsheet 315 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b Ravenstein, pp. 165–167
  7. ^ a b c Ravenstein, pp. 279–280
  8. ^ Ravenstein pp. 160–161
  9. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 196–299
  10. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 173–174
  11. ^ a b Mueller, pp. 316–317

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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