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315 AIR DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 315 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 7 Jun 1944. Activated on 17 Jul 1944. Redesignated 315 Composite Wing on 8 Jan 1946. Inactivated on 20 Aug 1948. Redesignated 315 Air Division (Combat Cargo) on 10 Jan 1951. Activated on 25 Jan 1951. Redesignated 315 Air Division on 1 Aug 1967. Consolidated (1 Jul 1978) with organization established as 315th Air Division on 13 Aug 1948, organized on 18 Aug 1948, and discontinued on 1 Mar 1950. Inactivated on 15 Apr 1969. .

Assignments

Second Air Force, 17 Jul 1944 (attached XXII Bomber Command, c. 14 Aug-c. 7 Dec 1944); Twentieth Air Force, c. 25 Mar 1945; XXI Bomber Command, 5 Apr 1945; Twentieth Air Force, 16 Jul 1945; Fifth Air Force, 30 May 1946; V Fighter Command, 30 May 1946; Fifth Air Force, 1 Jun 1946-1 Mar 1950. Far East (later, Pacific) Air Forces, 25 Jan 1951-15 Apr 1969.

Components

Wings. 8 Fighter (later, 8 Fighter-Bomber): 18 Aug 1948-1 Mar 1950. 38 Bombardment: 18 Aug 1948-1 Apr 1949. 314 Troop Carrier (later, 314 Tactical Airlift): attached 22-26 Jan 1966, assigned 27 Jan 1966-1 Nov 1968; attached 1 Nov 1968-8 Apr 1969. 315 Troop Carrier (later, 315 Air Commando): 10 Jun 1952-18 Jan 1955; 8 Mar-15 Oct 1966 (detached entire period). 347 Fighter: 18 Aug 1948-1 Mar 1950. 374 Troop Carrier (later, 374 Tactical Airlift): 25 Jan 1951-1 Jul 1957; 8 Aug 1966-1 Nov 1968; attached 1 Nov 1968-8 Apr 1969. 403 Troop Carrier: attached 14 Apr 1952-1 Jan 1953. 437 Troop Carrier: 25 Jan 1951-10 Jun 1952. 463 Troop Carrier (later, 463 Tactical Airlift): 23 Nov 1965-1 Nov 1968; attached 1 Nov 1968-8 Apr 1969. 475 Fighter: 18 Aug 1948-1 Apr 1949. 483 Troop Carrier: attached 1 Jan 1953-30 Jun 1954, assigned 1 Jul 1954-25 Jun 1960.

Groups. 8 Fighter: 31 May 1946-18 Aug 1948. 16 Bombardment: attached 15 Apr-1 Jun 1945. 38 Bombardment: 31 May 1946-18 Aug 1948. 61 Troop Carrier: attached 25 Jan 1951-21 Nov 1952. 314 Troop Carrier: attached 25 Jan 1951-15 Nov 1954. 315 Troop Carrier (later, 315 Air Commando): 8 Dec 1962-8 Mar 1966 (detached entire period). 316 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1954-18 Mar 1955, assigned 18 Mar 1955-18 Jan 1957 (detached entire period). 331 Bombardment: attached 12 May-22 Jun 1945, assigned 23 Jun 1945-15 Apr 1946 (not operational, c. 15 Feb-15 Apr 1946). 347 Fighter: 25 Sep 1947-18 Aug 1948. 501 Bombardment: attached 15 Apr-18 Jun 1945, assigned 19 Jun 1945-15 May 1946. 502 Bombardment: attached 12 May-25 Jun 1945, assigned 26 Jun 1945-15 Apr 1946). 6315 Operations: 20 Oct 1964-8 Aug 1966. Combat Cargo (Troop Carrier) Provisional 6492: attached 21 Sep-8 Dec 1962.

Squadrons. 21 Troop Carrier: 25 Jun 1960-8 Aug 1966 (detached entire period). 24 Helicopter: 13 Oct 1956-8 Mar 1960. 25 Tactical Reconnaissance: 31 May 1946-28 Feb 1947, attached 28 Feb 1947-15 Apr 1948. 29 Troop Carrier: 27 Jan-25 Mar 1966. 35 Troop Carrier: 8 Jan 1963-8 Aug 1966 (detached entire period). 38 Tactical Airlift: attached 8 Feb-19 Jul 1968. 41 Photographic Reconnaissance: 18 Sep 1945-4 Jan 1946. 41 Troop Carrier: c. 21 Nov 1965-8 Aug 1966 (detached entire period). 50 Troop Carrier: attached 1 Oct 1951-15 Nov 1954; assigned 26 Dec 1965-23 Feb 1966. 68 Fighter: attached 10 Apr-24 Nov 1947. 345 Troop Carrier: 1 Jun 1962-8 Jan 1963; 27 Nov 1965-25 Mar 1966 (detached entire period). 346 Tactical Airlift: attached 7 Jan-25 Mar 1969. 347 Tactical Airlift: attached 19 Jul-18 Oct 1968. 348 Tactical Airlift: 18 Oct 1968-7 Jan 1969. 421 Night Fighter: 31 May 1946-20 Feb 1947. 433 Fighter: attached 15 Oct 1946-18 Nov 1947. 776 Troop Carrier: 26 Dec 1965-25 Mar 1966. 777 Tactical Airlift: attached 31 Mar-1 Aug 1968. 778 Tactical Airlift: attached 1-23 Aug 1968. 779 Tactical Airlift: attached 7 Feb-31 Mar 1968. 815 Troop Carrier (later, 815 Tactical Airlift): 25 Jun 1960-1 Nov 1968. 817 Troop Carrier: 25 Jun 1960-8 Aug 1966 (detached entire period). 6461 Troop Carrier (later, 6461 Air Transport): 1 Dec 1952-24 Jun 1955 (detached entire period). 6475 Flying Training: 25 Nov 1954-18 May 1955 (detached entire period). 6485 Operations: 17 Sep 1956-1 Sep 1968; attached 1 Dec 1968-8 Apr 1969.

Stations

Peterson Field, CO, 17 Jul 1944; Fort Lawton, WA, 10 17 Mar 1945; Northwest Field, Guam, Marianas Islands, 5 Apr 1945; Ashiya AAB, Japan, 30 May 1946; Itazuke AAB (later, Airfield; AB), Japan, 31 May 1946-1 Mar 1950. Ashiya AS, Japan, 25 Jan 1951; Fuchu, Japan, 5 Feb 1951; Tachikawa AB, Japan, 24 Apr 1954-15 Apr 1969.

Commanders

1st Lt Philip F. Locke, 17 Jul 1944; Lt Col Robert A. Koeper, 28 Jul 1944; Lt Col Stanley A. Zidiales, 11 Aug 1944; Brig Gen Frank A. Armstrong Jr., 29 May 1945; Col Leland S. Stranathan, 24 Oct 1945; Brig Gen Frank A. Armstrong Jr., c. Dec 1945-17 Jan 1946; unkn, 18-24 Jan 1946; Col Leland S. Stranathan, 25 Jan 1946; Col Vincent M. Miles Jr., 15 Apr-15 May 1946; none (not manned), 16-30 May 1946; Col Hanlon H. Van Auken, 31 May 1946; Col Hugh A. Parker, 19 Jul 1946; Col Travis M. Hetherington, 10 Jun 1947; Col Joshua H. Foster Jr., 21 Jun 1948; Col Marden M. Munn, 6 Aug 1948; Brig Gen Edward J. Timberlake Jr., 14 Sep 1948; Col Leo H. Dawson, 19 Jun 1949; Col Gerry L. Mason, 22 Jun 1949; Col Leo H. Dawson, c. 5 Jul 1949; Col Gerry L. Mason, 12 Jul 1949; Col Marden M. Munn, 29 Sep 1949; Brig Gen Oliver S. Picher, 23 Oct 1949-1 Mar 1950. Maj Gen William H. Tunner, 25 Jan 1951; Brig Gen John P. Henebry, 8 Feb 1951; Col Cecil H. Dhildre, 26 Feb 1952; Maj Gen Chester E. McCarty, 10 Apr 1952; Col Adriel N. Williams, 15 Nov 1954; Maj Gen Russell L. Waldren, 3 Dec 1954; Col William M. Brown, 15 May 1957; Brig Gen Charles H. Pottenger, 1 Jul 1957; Brig Gen Theodore G. Kershaw, 10 Jul 1959; Col Lopez J. Mantoux, 30 Jul 1963; Brig Gen Richard H. Ellis, 1 Sep 1963; Col Lester R. Ferriss Jr., 16 Jun 1965; Col Charles W. Howe, 13 Jul 1965; Col Robert D. Brown, 26 Jul 1968-15 Apr 1969.

Aircraft

B-29, 1945-1946; F-5, 1945-1946; B-17, 1946-1947; B-25, 1946-1950; B-26, 1946-1949; L-5, 1946, 1948-1950; P-51, 1946-1948; P-51/F-6, 1946-1948; P-61, 1946-1948; UC-64, 1946; C-45, 1948-1950; C-46, 1948-1950; C-47, 1948-1950; F-51, 1948-1950; F-61, 1948-1950; H-5, 1948-1950; H-6, 1948-1950; SB-17, 1948-1950; T-6, 1948-1950; F-80, 1949-1950; F-82, 1949-1950. C-46, 1951-1955; C-47, 1951-1957; C-54, 1951-1965; C-119, 1951-1959; C-124, 1952-1957; H-21, 1956-1960; H-19, 1957-1958; C-130, 1958-1969; C-118, 1963-1969; C 123, 1963-1966.

Operations

The 315th moved to Guam in Apr 1945. At first, subordinate units flew "shakedown" missions against Japanese targets on Moen Island, Truk, and other points in the Carolines and Marianas. Bombing missions commenced against targets in the Japanese homeland on 26 Jun 1945 when the wing damaged the Utsube River oil refinery at Yokkaichi. Thereafter, oil targets in Japan served as its primary targets. When hostilities ended, the wing's B 29s carried relief supplies to Allied prisoner of war camps in Japan and Manchuria. In Jan 1951 at Ashiya AB, Japan, the 315th Division replaced and absorbed the resources of the Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command (Provisional). During the Korean conflict, its components evacuated wounded from Korea, airdropped supplies and personnel, hauled emergency supplies, materiel, replacement troops, mail, rations and ammunition, participated in joint training exercises in Japan, took part in numerous combat missions, and operated regular transport schedules within the Far East area. Before combat operations ceased in Korea, the division began supporting French forces engaged in a war in Indo-China. From May 1953-Jul 1954, it provided C-119s to the French, trained French air crews and maintenance personnel, performed additional airlift missions in support of the French, and finally evacuated wounded French troops from Indo-China during operation Wounded Warrior. In Jul 1954, the 315th resumed normal airlift operations and participated in training exercises in Japan. In 1962, it established airlift support for the expanding conflict in Southeast Asia. Meantime, the division continued its routine airlift in the Far East, flew humanitarian missions, and participated in training exercises when possible. The crisis prompted by the North Korean seizure of the USS Pueblo in Jan 1968, found the 315th supporting an emergency airlift to the Republic of Korea.

Service Streamers.

World War II Asiatic Pacific Theater
Korean Service

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan-30 Jun 1961; 1 Jul 1964-30 Jun 1966; 1 Nov 1966-31 Oct 1968. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations: 25 Jan-30 Jun 1951; 1 Jul 1951-27 Jul 1953.

Emblem

Or, within and beneath a torii gate gules a representation of a parachute argent lowering a winged cargo box in perspective, one edge to front, light brown, its top bearing overall a two edged sword of the third, hilt azure, all outlined white, surmounted by a cross of the second, all within a diminished bordure of the fifth, fimbriated and outlined of the third. (Approved 11 Oct 1954.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 15 Apr 1969.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 15 Apr 1969.







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