38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron
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Active 1942-1944; 1967-1975; 2008-2010
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Airlift

The 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is an inactive 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.


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.[1][2] 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. Afterwards served as areplacement 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.


  • 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[3]
  • 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


attached to 86th Operations Group, 27 June 2008 - 15 September 2010



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[1]



  1. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. 
  2. ^ Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) [1961]. Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 193–195. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lineage, including assignments, stations and aircraft during World War II in Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 181-182
  4. ^ "Factsheet 315 Air Division". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 165–167. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. 
  6. ^ a b c Ravenstein, pp. 279-280
  7. ^ Ravenstein pp. 160-161
  8. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 196-299
  9. ^ Ravenstein, pp. 173-174
  10. ^ a b Mueller, Robert (1989). Air Force Bases, Vol. I, Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. pp. 316–317. ISBN 0-912799-53-6. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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