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USAF 381st Training Group Patch

 
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381 TRAINING GROUP (AETC)
Lineage. Established as 381st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Oct 1942. Activated on 3 Nov 1942. Redesignated 381st Bombardment Group, Heavy, on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945. Redesignated 381st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy, on 3 Jul 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 24 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 381st Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Titan), which was established, and activated, on 29 Nov 1961. Organized on 1 Mar 1962. Inactivated on 8 Aug 1986. Redesignated 381st Training Group on 31 May 1994. Activated on 1 Oct 1994.
Assignments. II Bomber Command, 3 Nov 1942; Eighth Air Force, c. 29 May 1943; 1st Bombardment (later, 1st Combat Bombardment; 1st Bombardment) Wing, 4 Jun 1943; Second Air Force, c. 3 Jul-28 Aug 1945. Second Air Force, 24 Jul 1947; 96th Bombardment Wing (later, 96th Air Division), 17 Oct 1947; 73d Air Division, 4 Jun 1948-27 Jun 1949. Strategic Air Command, 29 Nov 1961; 42d Air (later, 42d Strategic Aerospace) Division, 1 Mar 1962; 17th Strategic Aerospace Division, 1 Jul 1963; 12th Strategic Missile (later, 12th Air) Division, 30 Jun 1971; 19th Air Division, 1 Jul 1973-8 Aug 1986. Second Air Force, 1 Oct 1994-.
Components. Squadrons. 50th Fighter: 30 Sep 1947-27 Jun 1949. 392d: 1 Oct 1994-. 509th: 3 May 1948-27 Jun 1949. 510th: 3 May 1948-27 Jun 1949. 532d: 3 Nov 1942-28 Aug 1945; 30 Sep 1947-27 Jun 1949; I Mar 1962-8 Aug 1986; 1 Oct 1994-. 533d: 3 Nov 1942-28 Aug 1945; 1 Aug 1962-1 Nov 1985; 1 Oct 1994-. 534th: 3 Nov 1942-28 Aug 1945; 30 Sep 1947-3 May 1948; 1 Oct 1994-. 535th: 3 Nov 1942-28 Aug 1945; 15 Sep 1947-27 Jun 1949.
Stations. Gowen Field, DD, 3 Nov 1942; Ephrata AAB, WA, 1 Dec 1942; Pyote AAB, TX, 5 Jan 1943; Pueblo AAB, CO, 16 Apr-May 1943; Bovington, England, 29 May 1943 (air echelon); Ridgewell, England, early Jun 1943-Jun 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 3 Jul-28 Aug 1945. Ofliitt Field (later, AFB), NE, 24 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. McConnell AFB, KS, 1 Mar 1962-8 Aug 1986. Vandenberg AFB, CA, 1 Oct 1994-.
Aircraft and Missiles. B-17, 1943-1945. AT-6, 1947-1949; AT-11, 1947-1949. Titan II, 1963-1986.
Operations. Trained in the US with B-17s in early 1943. Moved to England, May-Jun 1943, assigned to Eighth Air Force Served in combat from Jun 1943 to Apr 1945, operating chiefly against strategic objectives on the Continent Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for performance on 8 Oct 1943 when the Group accurately bombed Bremen shipyards in spite of persistent enemy fighter attacks and heavy flak. Received second DUC for similar action on 11 Jan 1944 during a mission against aircraft factories in central Germany. Participated in the intensive campaign of heavy bombers against enemy aircraft factories during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944. Often supported ground troops and attacked targets of interdiction when not engaged in strategic bombardment. Supported the Normandy invasion in Jun 1944 by bombing bridges and airfields near the beachhead. Attacked enemy positions in advance of ground forces at St Lo in Jul 1944. Assisted the airborne assault on Holland in Sep. Struck airfields and communications near the battle zone during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945. Supported the Allied crossing of the Rhine in Mar 1945 and then operated against communications and transportation targets in the final push through Germany. Transported repatriated prisoners of war from Germany to France following the end of hostilities. Returned to the US, Jun-Jul 1945 and inactivated on 28 Aug 1945. Trained in the Reserve for heavy bombardment operations, Jul 1947-Jun 1949. Trained personnel and prepared to receive intercontinental ballistic missiles, Mar 1962-Jun 1963. Because Titan II missile complexes around McConnell AFB and Wichita, Kansas, were still under construction when the Wing organized on 1 Mar 1962, only the wing headquarters, the missile maintenance squadron, and one missile squadron (532d) organized at first. The second missile squadron (533d) organized in Aug 1962, while training of most wing personnel continued. Placed first Titan II missiles on alert in Jul 1963 and both missile squadrons were operationally ready by the end of 1963. Thereafter maintained proficiency in strategic missile operations and maintenance. Won the SAC missile combat competition and the Blanchard Trophy in 1972, 1975, 1980, and 1983. Was the host wing at McConnell, 1 Jul 1972-4 Jun 1985. Deactivation of the wing’s Titan II missile complexes began in mid-1984. The last missile was taken off alert on 27 May 1986 and the wing inactivated on 8 Aug 1986. Activated on 1 Oct 1994 at Vandenberg AFB. Provided space and missile operations and maintenance training, Oct 1994-.
Service Streamers. None
Campaign Streamers. World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Bremen, Germany, 8 Oct 1943; Germany, 11 Jan 1944.               Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jan 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Jul 1971-30 Jun 1972; 1 Jul 1974-30 Jun 1975; 1 Jul 1981-30 Jun 1983; 1 Jul 1984-30 Jun 1986.

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