512th Operations Group

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512th Operations Group
Air Force Reserve Command.png
A 709th Airlift Squadron crew boards the wing's first C-5M Super Galaxy[note 1]
Active 1944–1945; 1949-1951; 1952-1959; 1993–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Dover Air Force Base
Engagements China-Burma-India Theater
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
512th Operations Group emblem (approved 21 December 1993)[1][note 2] 512th Airlift Wing (2).png
512th Troop Carrier Group emblem (Approved 26 May 1957)[2] 512th Troop Carrier Wing Emblem.png

The 512th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the 512th Airlift Wing, assigned to the United States Air Force Reserve. The group is stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

During World War II as the 1st Combat Cargo Group, the group fought in the China-Burma-India Theater transporting supplies and reinforcements to and evacuating casualties flying combat operations in Burma and China assigned to the Tenth Air Force. After the war, the unit was redesignated as the 512th Troop Carrier Group (Medium) and allotted to the reserve.


The unit is the operational component of the 512th Airlift Wing, and consists of 2 airlift squadrons and 2 support squadrons. Members of the group work side-by-side with their active duty counterparts in the 436th Airlift Wing. The unit flies the C-5M Super Galaxy and the C-17A Globemaster III


For additional history and lineage, see 512th Airlift Wing

Trained in the United States for combat cargo operations between Apr and August 1944. Moved to the CBI theater in August 1944. Began operations in September 1944 by transporting supplies and reinforcements to and evacuating casualties from Imphal, Burma.

Continued to support Allied operations in Burma, flying in men and supplies from India, moving equipment required to construct and operate airstrips, dropping dummy cargoes to lead the enemy away from Allied offensives, dropping paratroops for the assault on Rangoon (May 1945), and evacuating prisoners of war who were freed by Allied advances.

Meanwhile, part of the group had been sent to China, and for a short time (December 1944 – January 1945) the group's headquarters was located there. Operations in China included helping to evacuate the air base at Kweilin during a Japanese drive in September 1944, moving Chinese troops, and flying many supply missions, some of which involved ferrying gasoline and materiel over The Hump from India.

The group, partially re-equipped with C-46 Commandos in June 1945, engaged primarily in transporting men, food, arms, and ammunition until the end of the war. Redesignated 512th Troop Carrier Group in September 1945. Returned to the US in December 1945. Inactivated on 24 December 1945.

Activated on 2 September 1949. Equipped with C-46's. Between September 1949 and March 1951, and again from June 1952 – April 1959, trained as a Reserve troop carrier group at bases in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Activated as a result of the Korean War in 1951, personnel and equipment reassigned to active duty units in Far East Air Force to support combat operations. Unit inactivated then reconstituted as a reserve unit in 1952. Inactivated in 1959 when parent wing implemented tri-deputate organization and all operational flying squadrons reassigned directly to the wing.

Activated in 1992 when parent wing implemented objective organization. Since reactivation in August 1992 coordinated operations of C-5 squadrons. Personnel and squadrons of the group participated in various contingency and humanitarian airlift operations, some to Asia and Africa and in support of Global War on Terrorism since 9/11/2001.


  • Established as 1st Combat Cargo Group on 11 April 1944
Activated on 15 April 1944
Redesignated 512th Troop Carrier Group on 19 September 1945
Inactivated on 24 December 1945
  • Redesignated 512th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 4 August 1949
Activated in the Reserve 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
Inactivated on 14 April 1959
  • Redesignated: 512th Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 512th Operations Group on 1 August 1992
Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1992.





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  1. ^ The aircraft is Lockheed C-5M Galaxy serial 86-25, "The Spirit of Global Reach" The aircraft arrived at Dover Air Force Base on 9 February 2009 and the crew is pictured making its local training mission on 17 February 2009. This plane is the first of three C-5M Super Galaxies the base will receive for operational testing and evaluation.
  2. ^ The group uses the wing emblem with the group designation on the scroll
  1. ^ Haulman, Daniel L. (January 2, 2008). "Factsheet 512 Operations Group (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Units, pp. 20-21


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

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