443rd AIR EXPEDITIONARY SQUADRON – AERIAL PORT

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443rd AIR EXPEDITIONARY SQUADRON

Lineage. Constituted as 443 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 19 Jun 1942. Activated on 23 Jun 1942. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944. Inactivated on 7 Dec 1945. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 26 May 1947. Activated in the Reserve on 9 Jul 1947. Inactivated on 27 Jun 1949. Redesignated as 443 Bombardment Squadron, Medium, and activated, on 1 Dec 1952. Discontinued on 15 Sep 1960. Redesignated as 443 Air Expeditionary Squadron, and converted to provisional status, on 13 May 2011.

Assignments. 320 Bombardment Group, 1 Jul 1942-7 Dec 1945. 320 Bombardment Group, 9 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. 320 Bombardment Wing, 1 Dec 1952-15 Sep 1960. Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate at any time on or after 13 May 2011.

Stations. MacDill Field, FL, 1 Jul 1942; Drane Field, FL, 8-28 Aug 1942; Hethel, England, 12 Sep 1942; Tibenham, England, 1 Oct 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 8 Jan 1943; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 28 Jan 1943; Montesquieu, Algeria, 9 Apr 1943; Massicault, Tunisia, 29 Jun 1943; El Bathan, Tunisia, 28 Jul 1943; Decimomannu, Sardenia, c. 9 Nov 1943; Alto, Corsica, 20 Sep 1944; Dijon/Longvic, France, 11 Nov 1944; Dole/Lavaux, France, 2 Apr 1945; Furth, Germany, 20 Jun 1945; Clastres, France, c. Oct-28 Nov 1945; Camp Myles Standish, MA, c. 5-7 Dec 1945. Mitchel Field, NY, 9 Jul 1947-27 Jun 1949. March AFB, CA, 1 Dec 1952-15 Sep 1960.

Aircraft. B-26, 1942-1945. B-29, 1952-1953; YRB-47, 1953; B-47, 1953-1960.

Operations. Antisubmarine patrols in the Mediterranean, Feb-Mar 1943; combat in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and the European Theater of Operations (ETO), 22 Apr 1943-1 May 1945. Received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for the 12 May 1944 bombing of enemy concentrations near Fondi, Italy in support of Fifth Army’s advance toward Rome. Received a second DUC for participating in a five day dawn-to-dusk attack on the Siegfried Line, 15 Mar 1945. Combat crews trained to ensure combat readiness on short notice, globally, and under any climate, terrain, or weather conditions, 1952-1960. Serve on the forefront of the fight against ISIS as they deliver agile combat support through airfield management, cargo processing and personnel movement

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Antisubmarine, EAME Theater; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Italy, 12 May 1944; France, 15 Mar 1945. French Croix de Guerre with Palm: Apr, May, and Jun 1944.

Emblem. Approved on 4 Mar 1954.

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