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801 AIR DIVISION

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Lineage

Established as 801 Air Division on 9 May 1952. Activated on 28 May 1952. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 15 Mar 1965.

Assignments

Second Air Force, 28 May 1952; Eighth Air Force, 1 Jul 1955-15 Mar 1965.

Components

Wings. 26 Strategic Reconnaissance: 28 May 1952-1 Jul 1958. 70 Strategic Reconnaissance: attached 24 Jan-c. 19 Oct 1955. 91 Strategic Reconnaissance: 28 May 1952-8 Nov 1957. 301 Bombardment (later, 301 Air Refueling): 15 Apr 1958-15 Mar 1965. 376 Bombardment: 3 Dec 1957-15 Mar 1965.

Squadrons. 91 Air Refueling: 8 Nov-1 Dec 1957. 100 Air Refueling: 23 May-24 Nov 1953. 305 Air Refueling: 1 Jul 1964-15 Mar 1965. 4025 Strategic Reconnaissance: 8 Jun 1955-1 May 1956. 4363 Support (later, 4363 Post Attack Command Control): 20 Jul 1962-15 Mar 1965.

Stations

Lockbourne AFB, OH, 28 May 1952-15 Mar 1965.

Commanders

Brig Gen Charles B. Doughier, 28 May 1952; Brig Gen Heweitt T. Wheless, 1 Apr 1954; Col Elbert D. Reynolds, 12 Apr 1957; Brig Gen William E. Creer, 17 Sep 1958; Col Olbert F. Lassiter, 19 Sep 1960; Brig Gen Robert H. Strauss, 1 Aug 1963-15 Mar 1965.

Aircraft

B-47, 1953-1954, 1958-1964; KC-97, 1953-1963; RB-47, 1953-1957; EB-47, 1957-1965; E-47, 1958-1961; KC-135, 1963-1965; EC-135, 1964-1965.

Operations

Beginning in May 1952, the division trained and maintained a force capable of conducting bombing and electronic countermeasures operations. It also trained subordinate units in air to air refueling techniques, and in strategic reconnaissance. The 801st participated in numerous tactical exercises such as Big Blast, Deep River, Sky Shield, and Purple Mood.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. None.

Emblem

On a shield quarterly, first quarter azure (light), a castle, triple towered or, windows and ports outlined sable; second quarter argent, a lion rampant gules, armed and langued azure; third quarter vert, a chain of islands or; fourth quarter or, a bend azure, a chief gules. (Approved 28 Aug 1952.)

Lineage, Assignments, Components, Stations, and Honors through 15 Mar 1965.

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 15 Mar 1965







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