41st Airlift Squadron

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"41st Transport Squadron" redirects here. For the 41st Transport Squadron (formerly 41st Ferrying Squadron), see 41st Military Airlift Squadron.
4th Airlift Squadron[1]
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41st Airlift Squadron emblem
Active 18 February 1942 - 14 September 1949
14 July 1952 - 28 February 1971
31 August 1971 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
463d Airlift Group
Garrison/HQ Little Rock Air Force Base
Nickname(s) Blackcats
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1943–1945)
  • Operation Urgent Fury (1983)
  • Operation Just Cause (1989-1990)
  • Southwest Asia (1990–1991)
Decorations United States Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
United States Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Alfred G. Hansen
Duncan McNabb

The 41st Airlift Squadron is part of the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. It operates C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.[2]


The 41st participated in airborne drops on Nadzab, Noemfoor, Tagaytay, Corregidor, and Aparri, as well as aerial transportation in South, Southwest, and Western Pacific, during World War II. The squadron also participated in the Berlin Airlift in 1948, transported United Nations troops to the Congo in 1960, airlifted personnel and equipment to Southeast Asia from Ryukyu Islands from, 1965–1971, and supported airlift operations in Korea during Pueblo crisis in January 1968. It has supported U.S. Army training and performed rotational duty throughout Europe, since 1971. The 41st airlifted personnel, special forces and supplies during operations in Grenada in 1983, Panama from December 1989-January 1990, and in Southwest Asia from, 11 August 1990-21 March 1991.[1]


  • 41st Transport Squadron (1942)
  • 41st Troop Carrier Squadron (1942–1948)
  • 41st Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy (1948–1952)
  • 41st Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1952–1965)
  • 41st Troop Carrier Squadron (1965–1967)
  • 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron (1967–1992)
  • 41st Airlift Squadron (1992–Present)


Bases stationed[1][edit]

Aircraft Operated[1][edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f AFHRA 41 AS Page
  2. ^ 41 AS Relocation
  3. ^ Pluth, Dave. "The Captured Oscars of Hollandia". http://www.j-aircraft.com. Retrieved 15 April 2015.  External link in |website= (help)


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