457th Airlift Squadron


457th Airlift Squadron

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 457th Airlift Squadron


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dates= 1 July 1942 - 27 December 1945
27 June 1949 - 16 June 1951
12 October 1966 - 30 April 1972
1 April 1975 - Present
country= United States
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branch=United States Air Force
type= Airlift
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command_structure= Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
375th Airlift Wing
375th Operations Group
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garrison= Andrews Air Force Base
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motto= The Wings of Command
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decorations= Distinguished Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
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The 457th Airlift Squadron (457 AS) is part of the 375th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. It operates C-21 aircraft providing executive airlift.

Mission

History

The 457th conducted replacement training from 19421944 and participated in combat in the Western Pacific from, c. 12 April 1945 – 14 August 1945.

It provided intratheater airlift in Vietnam, including airland and airdrop assault missions from, 19671972. The squadron conducted pilot readiness training from, 19751984 and administrative airlift from, 1975–1993. It supported intratheater airlift in Southwest Asia, August 1990–April 1991. It has provided airlift support for high-ranking dignitaries of the US and foreign governments since 1993.

Operations

*World War II
*Vietnam War
*Operation Desert Shield

Previous designations

*457th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (1942 – 1944)
*457th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy (1944 – 1949)
*457th Bombardment Squadron, Medium (1949 – 1952)
*457th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1952 – 1966)
*457th Troop Carrier Squadron (1966 – 1967)
*457th Tactical Airlift Squadron (1967 – 1991)
**Consolidated with: 1402d Military Airlift Squadron (activated in 1975) in 1991
*457th Airlift Squadron (1991 – Present)

Assignments

*330th Bombardment Group (1942 – 1945, 1949 - 1951)
*Pacific Air Forces (1946 - 1947)
*483d Tactical Airlift Wing (1967 - 1972)
*89th Military Airlift Wing (1975 - 1978)
*375th Military Airlift Wing (1978 - 1993)
*89th Airlift Wing (1993 - Present)

Bases stationed

*Salt Lake City Army Air Base, Utah (1942)
*Alamogordo, New Mexico (1942, 1942 – 1943)
*Biggs Field, Texas (1942, 1943 – 1944)
*Walker Army Air Field, Kansas (1944, 1944 – 1945)
*Dalhart Army Air Field, Texas (1944)
*North Field, Guam (1945)
*Camp Anza, California (1945)
*March Air Force Base, California (1949 – 1951)
*Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam (1967 - 1972)
*Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland (1975 – Present)

Aircraft Operated

*B-17 Flying Fortress (1942, 1944)
*B-24 Liberator (1942 – 1944)
*B-29 Superfortress (1944 – 1945)
*C-7 Caribou (1967 – 1972)
*T-39 Sabreliner (1975 – 1984)
*VC-131 (1975 – 1977)
*C-12 Huron (1976 – 1977, 1984 – 1994)
*C-21 (1984 – Present)

References

* [http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/rso/squadrons_flights_pages/0457as.html USAF 457th Airlift Squadron History]

External links


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