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322 AIRLIFT DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 322 Troop Carrier Wing on 4 Dec 1944. Activated on 30 Dec 1944. Inactivated on 15 Feb 1946. Activated in the Reserve on 12 Jun 1947. Redesignated 322 Air Division, Troop Carrier on 16 Apr 1948. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated 322 Air Division (Combat Cargo), and activated, on 1 Mar 1954. Redesignated 322 Air Division on 8 Jan 1966. Inactivated on 24 Dec 1968. Redesignated 322 Airlift Division on 13 Jun 1978. Activated on 23 Jun 1978. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1992..

Assignments

Far East Air Forces, 30 Dec 1944; Far East Air Service Command, 3 Jan 1945-15 Feb 1946. Second Air Force, 12 Jun 1947; Tenth Air Force, 1 Jul 1948-27 Jun 1949. United States Air Forces in Europe, 1 Mar 1954; Eastern Air Force (later, Twenty First Air Force), 1 Apr 1964-24 Dec 1968. Twenty First Air Force, 23 Jun 1978-1 Apr 1992.

Components

Wings. Air Transport Provisional (Europe): attached 18 Jul-27 Aug 1960. 60 Troop Carrier: attached 1 Apr 1954-31 Jul 1955, assigned 1 Aug 1955-25 Sep 1958. 317 Troop Carrier: attached 1 Apr 1954-31 Jul 1955, assigned 1 Aug 1955-25 Sep 1958; assigned 15 Apr 1963-1 Apr 1964, attached 1 Apr-20 Jun 1964. 435 Tactical Airlift: 23 Jun 1978-1 Apr 1992. 465 Troop Carrier: attached 1 Apr 1954-31 Jul 1955, assigned 1 Aug 1955-8 Jul 1957. 513 Troop Carrier (later, 513 Tactical Airlift): attached 15 Apr 1966-24 Dec 1968.

Groups. 309 Troop Carrier: 2 Jun-8 Aug 1956 (detached entire period). 313 Tactical Airlift: 15 Sep 1978-1 Apr 1992. 374 Troop Carrier: 30 Dec 1944-26 Jan 1946 (detached 30 Dec 1944-3 Jan 1945). 403 Troop Carrier: 1-26 Jan 1946. 435 Tactical Airlift: 23 Jun-15 Sep 1978. 439 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-24 Dec 1968. 440 Troop Carrier: 3 Sep 1947-27 Jun 1949. 608 Military Airlift: 1 Aug 1983-1 Apr 1992. 1602 Air Transport: 1 Jul 1964-8 Jan 1966.

Squadrons. Air Transport Provisional, 1: attached 1 Dec 1962-10 Sep 1963. Air Transport Provisional (Europe 1): attached 27 Aug-1 Sep 1945. 1 Air Transport: attached c. 11 Aug-Sep 1945. 1 Troop Carrier (of Philippine Army): attached c. 23 Sep 1945-c. Jan 1946. Air Transport Provisional (Europe 2): attached 27 Aug 1960-21 Sep 1961. Air Transport Provisional (Europe 3): attached 27 Aug-12 Oct 1960. 3 Troop Carrier: attached 5 Feb-1 Sep 1958. Air Transport Provisional (Europe 4): attached 27 Aug-1 Sep 1960. 5 Troop Carrier: 12 Sep 1947-1 Jul 1948; 28 Mar-c. 25 Feb 1958. 8 Combat Cargo: attached 30 Dec 1944-3 Jan 1945. 9 Troop Carrier: attached c. 1 Aug 1957-c. 25 Feb 1958. 10 Troop Carrier (later, 10 Military Airlift): 25 Sep 1958-8 Jan 1961; 1 Jan-15 Mar 1984. 11 Troop Carrier: 25 Sep 1958-8 Jan 1961. 12 Troop Carrier: 25 Sep 1958-8 Jan 1961. 14 Troop Carrier: attached c. 19 Aug 1959-c. 15 Feb 1960. 15 Troop Carrier: attached 7 Feb-c. 28 Aug 1957 and Jul-21 Aug 1960. 22 Troop Carrier: attached 30 Dec 1944-3 Jan 1945. 23 Helicopter: 1 Nov 1956-8 Jan 1958. 31 Air Transport: attached 13 Aug-16 Sep 1958. 33 Troop Carrier: attached 30 Dec 1944-3 Jan 1945. 39 Troop Carrier: 25 Sep 1958-15 Apr 1963. 40 Troop Carrier: 25 Sep 1958-15 Apr 1963. 41 Troop Carrier: 25 Sep 1958-15 Apr 1963. 52 Troop Carrier (later, 52 Military Airlift): attached 29 Jan-Aug 1960; attached c. Mar 1962-24 Dec 1968. 53 Troop Carrier: attached c. 29 Aug 1958-Feb 1959 and 5 Jan 1961-c. Mar 1962. 54 Troop Carrier: attached Feb 1959-c. 19 Aug 1959. 58 Military Airlift: 23 Jun 1978-1 Aug 1983. 62 Troop Carrier: attached 28 Oct 1955-24 Apr 1956. 773 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1954-19 May 1955. 776 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1954-19 May 1955. 778 Troop Carrier: attached 26 Apr-4 Nov 1955. 7167 Special Air Missions (later, 7167 Air Transport): attached 1 Apr 1954-31 Jul 1955, assigned 1 Aug 1955-15 Jul 1962. 7206 (later, 7168) Air Transport: attached 15 May-30 Sep 1955 and 1 Oct 1955-24 May 1956; assigned 25 May 1956-1 Nov 1957 (detached 1 Mar-1 Nov 1957). 7317 Operations: 25 Sep-10 Nov 1958 (detached entire period).

Miscellaneous. Military Airlift Center, Europe: 23 Jun 1978-15 Jan 1981. Airlift Task Force Provisional: attached 18-29 May 1958.

Stations

Hollandia, New Guinea, 30 Dec 1944; Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 22 Jul 1945-15 Feb 1946. Lowry Field (later, AFB), CO, 12 Jun 1947-27 Jun 1949. Wiesbaden, Germany, 1 Mar 1954; Ramstein AB, Germany, 22 Mar 1954; Evreux Fauville AB, France, 12 Aug 1955; Chateauroux AS, France, 1 Apr 1964; High Wycombe AS, England, 5 Aug 1966-24 Dec 1968. Ramstein AB, Germany, 23 Jun 1978-1 Apr 1992.

Commanders

Col Ray T. Elsmore, 30 Dec 1944; Col Leo H. Dawson, 17 Oct 1945; Col James L. Lee, Nov 1945-25 Jan 1946; none (not manned), 26 Jan-15 Feb 1946. None (not manned), 12 Jun-13 Aug 1947; Brig Gen Dick R. Petty, 14 Aug 1947-unkn. Col Lucion N. Powell, 1 Mar 1954; Brig Gen Franklin Rose, 17 May 1954; Col Clyde Box, 22 May 1956; Brig Gen Tarleton H. Watkins, 13 Jun 1959; Col Charles W. Howe, 16 Jun 1961; Brig Gen Robert D. Forman, 1 Apr 1964; Col Robert W. Relfe, 27 Jan 1966; Brig Gen Burl W. McLaughlin, 28 Mar 1966; Col Leland W. Johnson, 14 Nov 1967; Brig Gen Hugh E. Wild, 27 Jan-24 Dec 1968. Brig Gen Click D. Smith, 23 Jun 1978; Brig Gen Robert D. Springer, 30 Jun 1980; Brig Gen William E. Overacker, 14 Aug 1981; Maj Gen Robert B. Patterson, 9 Oct 1984; Maj Gen Richard J. Trzaskoma, 5 Sep 1985; Maj Gen Paul A. Harvey, 13 Nov 1986; Maj Gen William H. Sistrunk, 16 Jun 1988; Brig Gen James L. Hobson Jr., 16 Mar 1990-1 Apr 1992.

Aircraft

C-46, 1944-1946; C-47, 1944-1946. C-46, 1947-1949; T-6, 1947-1949; T-7, 1947-1949; T-1, 1947-1949. C-119, 1954-1958; C-123, 1956-1958; C-124, 1957-1968; C-130, 1957-1968. C-9, 1978-c. 1992; C-12, 1978-c. 1992; CT-39, 1978-1984; C-130, 1978-c. 1992; C-135, 1978-c. 1992; C-140, 1982-c. 1992; C-23, 1984-c. 1992; C-20, 1987-c. 1992; C-21, 1987-c. 1992; UH-1, 1987-c. 1992.

Operations

The 322d wing primarily carried high priority cargo destined for Air Corps organizations in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA). Besides carrying passengers and cargo, it evacuated wounded personnel and flew courier routes in SWPA. Active in the Reserve from Jun 1947-Jun 1949, it supervised subordinate unit training. From Mar 1954, the division was responsible for airlifting personnel, cargo, and mail in Europe. Almost immediately after it commenced operations in Europe, the 322d became involved in a major airlift of French troops (Project Bali Hai) from bases in France to Indo China. Initially concerned only with operations in Germany and France, it soon began operating throughout the entire USAFE area of responsibility. In addition to its routine duties, the division supported numerous humanitarian missions to Turkey, Iran, Morocco, and Pakistan, among other states. It also provided airlift support in the following crises: the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956; the Hungarian uprising in 1956; the Lebanese revolution in 1958; support for UN forces in the Congo in 1960-1961; the invasion of India by Communist Chinese forces in 1962-1963; airlift of peacekeeping forces to Cyprus in 1964; and the Middle East crisis of 1967. Between 1954 and 1968, the division supported numerous USAFE and NATO exercises. From Jun 1978, the 322d managed tactical airlift forces stationed and operating in the European theater and coordinated strategic airlift from the United States and other origins. It also assumed responsibility for all aeromedical operations and administrative airlift in the theater, including highly positioned military and civilian U.S. and foreign government officials. In addition, the division supported military exercises such as Ardent Ground, Dawn Patrol, Flintlock, and Cold Fire/Reforger. In 1985 the 322d acquired peacetime responsibility for airlift management in Africa.

Service Streamers. World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 8 Jul-10 Aug 1960; 1 Sep 1962-15 Apr 1963; 1 May-13 Jun 1967; 1 Oct 1980-30 Sep 1982; 1 Apr 1986-15 Jun 1988; 1 Jul 1988-30 Jun 1990.

Emblem

On a shield argent between the points of a flying dart gules, a sphere of the field, with axis, latitude lines, longitude lines and outline sable; in dexter chief a cross couped of the second, winged of the first; in sinister base a parachute gules, lines and detail black; two points pointed bendwise, one in dexter base and one in sinister chief azure. (Approved 16 Aug 1956.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 1 Apr 1992.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Apr 1992.







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