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17 AIR DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 17 Bombardment Wing on 3 Oct 1940. Activated on 18 Dec 1940. Inactivated on 1 Sep 1941. Activated on 23 Jun 1942. Redesignated: 17 Bombardment Training Wing on 5 Jan 1943; 17 Bombardment Operational Training Wing on 15 Apr 1943. Inactivated on 15 Nov 1943. Redesignated 17 Bombardment Operational Training Wing, Very Heavy on 28 Feb 1944. Activated on 11 Mar 1944. Inactivated on 9 Apr 1946. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and redesignated 17 Air Division, on 1 Jul 1959. Activated on 15 Jul 1959. Redesignated: 17 Strategic Aerospace Division on 15 Feb 1962; 17 Strategic Missile Division on 1 Sep 1963; 17 Strategic Aerospace Division on 1 Jul 1965. Inactivated on 30 Jun 1971. Redesignated 17 Air Division on 24 Jan 1975. Activated on 1 Jul 1975. Inactivated on 1 Jan 1976.

Assignments

GHQ Air Force, 18 Dec 1940; Southeast Air District (later, Third Air Force), 16 Jan 1941-1 Sep 1941 (attached to Bomber Command [of Third Air Force], 23 Apr-1 Sep 1941). Second Air Force, 23 Jun 1942; II Bomber Command, 15 May 1943; Second Air Force, 6 Oct-15 Nov 1943. Second Air Force, 11 Mar 1944; Fifteenth Air Force, 31 Mar-9 Apr 1946. Second Air Force, 15 Jul 1959; Eighth Air Force, 1 Jul 1963; Fifteenth Air Force, 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971. Pacific Air Forces, 1 Jul 1975-1 Jan 1976.

Components

Commands. XXI Bomber: attached c. 15 Apr-20 Oct 1944. XXII Bomber: attached 14 Aug 1944-13 Feb 1945.

Wings. 13 Bombardment: attached 17 Aug-17 Oct 1945. 20 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Aug 1945-Jan 1946. 22 Pursuit: attached 16 Jan-c. 16 Jun 1941. 41 Bombardment: attached 17 Mar-4 Jul 1943. 47 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Aug 1945-Jan 1946. 70 Bombardment: 1 Jul 1965-31 Dec 1969. 72 Bombardment Operational Training: attached 20 Aug-c. 6 Oct 1943. 73 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-17 Jul 1944. 96 Bombardment: attached 16 Aug-17 Oct 1945. 305 Bombardment: 15 Jul 1959-1 Jan 1961. 308 Strategic Missile: 31 Mar 1970-30 Jun 1971. 313 Bombardment: attached 23 Apr-5 Nov 1944. 314 Bombardment: attached 23 Apr-9 Dec 1944. 315 Bombardment: attached 17 Jul 1944-Jun 1945. 316 Bombardment: attached 14 Aug 1944-7 Jul 1945. 340 Bombardment: 15 Jul 1959-1 Sep 1963. 351 Strategic Missile: 1 Feb 1963-30 Jun 1971. 381 Strategic Missile: 1 Jul 1963-30 Jun 1971. 500 Air Refueling: 1 Jan-1 Jul 1963. 4045 Air Refueling: 9 Sep 1960-1 Jan 1963. 432l Strategic: 1 Oct 1959-15 Aug 1962.

Groups. 2 Bombardment: attached 2 Nov 1942 13 Mar 1943. 3 Bombardment: 18 Dec 1940-1 Sep 1941. 6 Bombardment: attached 5 May-18 Nov 1944. 9 Bombardment: attached 5 May-18 Nov 1944. 16 Bombardment: attached 5 May 1944-Jun 1945. 19 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-7 Dec 1944. 27 Bombardment: 18 Dec 1940-1 Sep 1941. 29 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-7 Dec 1944. 34 Bombardment: attached 2 Nov-14 Dec 1942. 39 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr 1944-8 Jan 1945. 44 Bombardment: attached 24 Jul 1945-30 Mar 1946. 45 Bombardment: attached 15 Jan-17 Jun 1941. 46 Bombardment: attached 15 Jan-19 May 1941. 48 Bombardment: attached 15 Jan-21 May 1941. 56 Pursuit: attached 15 Jan-16 May 1941. 88 Bombardment: attached c. 1 Nov 1942-Nov 1943. 91 Bombardment: attached c. 26 Jun-24 Aug 1942. 93 Bombardment: attached 24 Jul 1945-30 Mar 1946. 95 Bombardment: attached 2 Nov 1942-18 Apr 1943. 96 Bombardment: attached 28 Sep-30 Oct 1942. 98 Bombardment: attached c. 6 May-10 Nov 1945. 99 Bombardment: attached 2-c. 16 Nov 1942. 100 Bombardment: attached 2-c. 29 Nov 1942. 302 Bombardment: attached 1-30 Sep 1942. 303 Bombardment: attached 1-c. 23 Aug 1942. 304 Bombardment: attached 2 Nov-c. Dec 1942. 305 Bombardment: attached 1-31 Aug 1942. 306 Bombardment: attached 1 Jul-l Aug 1942. 307 Bombardment: attached 30 Sep-20 Oct 1942. 330 Bombardment: c. 15 Apr 1944-7 Jan 1945. 331 Bombardment: attached 12 Jul 1944-Jul 1945. 333 Bombardment: attached 1 Sep-1 Nov 1942; 7 Jul 1944-Aug 1945. 346 Bombardment: attached 18 Aug 1944-Sep 1945. 351 Bombardment: attached Nov-Dec 1942. 376 Bombardment: attached 8 May-10 Nov 1945. 379 Bombardment: attached 3-c. 18 Nov 1942. 381 Bombardment: attached c. 1 Dec 1942-c. 2 Jan 1943. 382 Bombardment: attached 25 Aug 1944-Sep 1945. 383 Bombardment: attached 12 Nov 1942-c. 25 Oct 1943; 28 Aug 1944-Sep 1945. 385 Bombardment: attached 1 Feb-Jun 1943. 390 Bombardment: attached 26 Jan-4 Jul 1943. 393 Bombardment: attached 16 Feb-c. 2 Mar 1943. 395 Bombardment: attached 16 Feb-c. 24 Oct 1943. 396 Bombardment: attached 10 Apr-c. 4 Nov 1943. 398 Bombardment: attached 1 Mar-c. 4 Apr 1943; 29 Apr-Nov 1943. 401 Bombardment: attached 1 Apr-1 Oct 1943. 447 Bombardment: attached 1 May-Nov 1943. 448 Bombardment: attached 11 Sep-Nov 1943; 25 Jul 1945-c. 30 Mar 1946. 449 Bombardment: attached 24 Jul 1945-c. 30 Mar 1946. 450 Bombardment: attached c. 26 Jul-15 Oct 1945. 452 Bombardment: attached 1 Jun-Nov 1943. 456 Bombardment: attached 17 Aug-17 Oct 1945. 457 Bombardment: attached 1 Jul-Nov 1943. 458 Bombardment: 25 Jul-c. 20 Aug 1945. 463 Bombardment: attached 1 Aug-c. 4 Nov 1943. 466 Bombardment: attached 25 Jul-c. 14 Aug 1945. 467 Bombardment: attached 25 Jul 1945-c. 30 Mar 1946. 483 Bombardment: attached 20 Sep-c. 5 Nov 1943. 484 Bombardment: attached 20 Sep-Nov 1943. 485 Bombardment: attached 24 Jul 1945-30 Mar 1946. 488 Bombardment: attached 1 Oct-c. 31 Oct 1943. 489 Bombardment: attached c. 28 Feb-c. 2 Apr 1945; c. 10 Jul-Sep 1945. 497 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-18 Jul 1944. 498 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-13 Jul 1944. 499 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-22 Jul 1944. 500 Bombardment: attached 16 Apr-23 Jul 1944. 501 Bombardment: attached 1 Jun 1944-Jun 1945. 502 Bombardment: attached 5 Jun 1944-Jul 1945. 504 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-5 Nov 1944. 505 Bombardment: attached c. 15 Apr-6 Nov 1944.

Squadron. 11 Air Refueling: 2 Jul 1969-31 Mar 1970.

Stations

Savannah Air Base (later, Army Air Base), GA, 18 Dec 1940-1 Sep 1941. Rapid City Army Air Base, SD, 23 Jun 1942; Walla Walla Army Airfield, WA, 24 June-15 Nov 1943. Smoky Hill Army Airfield, KS, 11 Mar 1944; Colorado Springs, CO, 15 Apr 1944; Grand Island Army Airfield, NE, 22 May 1944; Sioux City Army Air Base, IA, 9 Feb 1945; Tarrant Field, Fort Worth, TX, 24 Dec 1945-9 Apr 1946. Whiteman AFB, MO. 15 Jul 1959-30 Jun 1971. U Tapao, Thailand, 1 Jul 1975-1 Jan 1976.

Commanders

Maj Gen Lewis H. Brereton, 18 Dec 1940-28 Jul 1941; unkn, 29 Jul-6 Aug 1941; Col Asa N. Duncan, 7 Aug 1941-c. 1 Sep 1941. Brig Gen Walter R. Peck, 23 Jun 1942; Col Allen W. Reed, 14 Sep 1943; Maj Floyd S. Cofer Jr., 6-15 Nov 1943. None (not manned), 11 Mar-11 Apr 1944; Brig Gen Frank A. Armstrong Jr., 12 Apr 1944; Brig Gen Robert F. Travis, 7 Nov 1944; Col Kermit D. Stevens, by 28 Aug 1945; Brig Gen Robert F. Travis, c. 5 Sep 1945; Brig Gen Hugo P. Rush, 7 Sep 1945; Brig Gen Robert F. Travis, 5 Nov 1945-1946. None (not manned), 15 Jul-22 Jul 1959; Brig Gen Harold E. Humfeld, 23 Jul 1959; Brig Gen Robert H. Strauss, 1 Apr 1960; Maj Gen Joseph J. Preston, 1 Aug 1963; Brig Gen Richard N. Ellis, c. 8 Sep 1964; Maj Gen William E. Creer, 1 Jul 1966; Brig Gen James M. Keck, 7 Jul 1967; Col Robert J. Ray, 18 Aug 1968; Brig Gen Robert R. Scott, 20 Aug 1969; Col George R. Brendle, 14-30 Jun 1971 (acting). Brig Gen Walter H. Baxter III, 1 Jul 1975-1 Jan 1976.

Aircraft and Missiles

A-18, 1940-1941; A-20, 1940-1941; A-24, 1940-1941; B-12, 1940-1941; B-18, 1940-1941; P-36, 1941; P-39, 1941; P-40, 1941; PT-17, 1941. B-17, 1942-1943; B-24, 1942-1943. B-29, 1945-1946. B-47, 1959-1963; KC-97, 1959-1963; KC-135, 1959-1962, 1965-1970; Atlas, 1960-1962; Titan II, 1963-1971; Minuteman I, 1964-1967; B-52, 1965-1969; Minuteman II, 1966-1971. A-7, 1975; AC-130, 1975; CH-53, 1975; CH/HH-53, 1975; F-4, 1975; OV-10, 1975; T-39, 1975.

Operations

Beginning in Jan 1943, the wing supervised the training of heavy bombardment groups and crews. Initially, it controlled the third phase of training, in which each bombardment group split into tactical components and operated from squadron sized airfields under simulated combat conditions. Later, the 17th supervised the first and second phases of heavy bombardment group and crew training. It also exercised limited supervision over the training of the XXI and XXII Bomber Commands during 1944. Later as an Air Division, it gained control of the 340th and the 305th Bombardment Wings at Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana, and the 4040th Air Base Squadron at Richard I. Bong AFB, Wisconsin in 1959. The two bombardment wings flew normal SAC alert patrols and participated in special exercises as required. However, the division lost its bombardment wings and gained missile wings in 1963 and assumed responsibility for Titan and Minuteman missiles in Missouri, Kansas, and later Arkansas. When joined by the 70th Bombardment Wing, on 1 July 1965 with B 52 and KC 135 aircraft, the division reverted to an earlier designation - 17th Strategic Aerospace Division. From 1965-1971, the division's subordinate units frequently deployed bomber and tanker resources. Arc Light operations in Southeast Asia, consisting of military operations against enemy forces in Vietnam, drew most of the deployments. From 1 Jul 1975-1 Jan 1976, it maintained an effective training program for United States Air Force tactical units in Thailand.

Service Streamers. World War II American Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None

Emblem

Per fess arched light blue and checky argent and azure, in middle base a rook, in dexter flank a king and in sinister flank a queen all or, above the rook ascending in pale between in chief two mullets of the last a missile of the second emitting a flame to base gules, all within a diminished border of the fourth. (Approved 28 Apr 1964.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Jan 1976.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Jan 1976.







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