41st Air Refueling Squadron
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|41st Air Refueling Squadron
|Active||1944–1946; 1947 1958-1993|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Patch with 41st Air Refueling Squadron emblem|
|41st Bombardment Squadron emblem (approved 17 April 1945)|
The 41st Air Refueling Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 380th Operations Group at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York, where it was inactivated on 15 February 1993.
World War II
Activated 1 April 1944 at Dalhart Army Airfield, Texas. Initially equipped with B-17 Flying Fortresses for training, due to shortage of B-29 Superfortresses. Moved to Harvard Army Airfield, Nebraska, in August 1944 and equipped with B-29B limited production aircraft.
After completion of training deployed to Central Pacific Area (CPA), assigned to XXI Bomber Command, Northwest Field (Guam) for operational missions. B-29Bs were standard production aircraft stripped of most defensive guns to increase speed and bomb load, The tail gun was aimed and fired automatically by the new AN/APG-15B radar fire control system that detected the approaching enemy plane and made all the necessary calculations.
Mission of the squadron was the strategic bombardment of the Japanese Home Islands. Dntered combat on 16 June 1945 with a bombing raid against an airfield on Moen. Flew first mission against the Japanese home islands on 26 June 1945 and afterwards operated principally against the enemy's petroleum industry. Flew primarily low-level, fast attacks at night using a mixture of high-explosive and incendary bombs to attack targets.
Flew last combat mission on 15 August 1945, later flew in "Show of Force" mission on 2 September 1945 over Tokyo Bay during formal Japanese Surrender. Inactivated on Guam 15 April 1946, personnel returned to the United States and aircraft sent to storage in Southwest United States.
Air Force Reserve
41st Bombardment Squadron
41st Air Refueling Squadron
- 6th Bombardment Group, 1 April 1944 – 10 May 1944
- 501st Bombardment Group, 1 June 1944 – 10 June 1946
- 448th Bombardment Group, 12 July 1947 – 27 June 1949.
- 4039th Strategic Wing, 5 January 1959
- 416th Bombardment Wing, 1 February 1963
- 416th Operations Group, 1 September 1991
- 380th Operations Group, 1 June 1992 – 15 February 1993
- Dalhart Army Air Field, Texas, 1 April 1944 – 10 May 1944; 1 June 1944
- Dalhart Army Air Field, Texas, 1 June 1944
- Harvard Army Air Field, Nebraska, 23 August 1944 – 7 March 1945
- Northwest Field (Guam), 14 April 1945 – 10 June 1946
- Long Beach Municipal Airport, California, 12 July 1947 – 27 June 1949.
- Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1944–1946
- Douglas B-26 Invader, 1947-1949
- Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, 1959-1993
- Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 189-190
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1983) . Air Force Combat Units of World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-02-1. LCCN 61060979. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage & Honors Histories 1947-1977 (PDF). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9. Retrieved December 17, 2016.