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The 384th Air Refueling Squadron is an active United States Air Force unit, stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, where it is assigned to the 92d Operations Group and operates the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting air refueling missions.

384th Air Refueling Squadron
Parked KC-135 Stratotankers 140310-F-HE996-002.jpg
Active1943–1946; 1955–1966; 1973–2016; 2017–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleAir Refueling
Part ofAir Mobility Command
Nickname(s)Squarepatchers[1]
ColorsMaroon/Silver[citation needed]
DecorationsDistinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
Insignia
384th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 5 February 1960)[2]384th Air Refueling Squadron.jpg
384th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 30 June 1959)[3][note 1]384 Air Refueling Sq Squarepatch.png
Patch with 584th Bombardment Squadron emblem (approved 31 December 1943)[4]584th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem.png

The first predecessor of the squadron is the 584th Bombardment Squadron, a Martin B-26 Marauder unit that served in the European Theater of Operations, where it warned a Distinguished Unit Citation and a French Croix de Guerre with Palm. After V-E Day, it served with the occupation forces in Germany until inactivating in 1946.

The 384th was activated in 1955 at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where it served as a Strategic Air Command air refueling unit until inactivating in 1966. It was activated again in 1973 and, except for a brief period of inactivation, has performed global refueling missions since then. The two squadrons were consolidated into a single unit in 1985.

HistoryEdit

 
Loading bombs on Martin B-26G-1-MA Marauder Serial 43-34194 of the 584th Bomb Squadron.

World War IIEdit

The squadron flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 23 March 1944 – 20 April 1945.[2]

Air refueling operationsEdit

It conducted aerial refueling for Strategic Air Command bombers in North Atlantic area from, 1955–1965 and has flown worldwide aerial refueling sorties since 1973 including support to operations in Panama from, 18–20 December 1989 and Southwest Asia from, August 1990–March 1991.[2]

The squadron was activated on 23 March 2017 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The activation date was chosen because it was the 73d anniversary of the squadron's first combat mission during World War II.[5]

OperationsEdit

LineageEdit

584th Bombardment Squadron
  • Constituted as the 584th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 15 February 1943
Activated on 5 March 1943
Redesignated 584th Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 9 October 1944
Redesignated 584th Bombardment Squadron, Light on 3 December 1945
Inactivated on 31 March 1946
Consolidated with the 384th Air Refueling Squadron on 19 September 1985[2]
384th Air Refueling Squadron
  • Constituted on 3 March 1955
Activated on 1 April 1955
Discontinued and inactivated on 25 June 1966
  • Redesignated 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 19 June 1973
Activated on 30 September 1973
Consolidated with the 584th Bombardment Squadron on 19 September 1985[2]
Redesignated 384th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 September 1991[2]
Inactivated 30 September 2016[1]
  • Activated on 23 March 2017[5]

AssignmentsEdit

StationsEdit

Deployed to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland (27 April - 27 June 1956, 21 May - 25 June 1957)
Deployedto Lajes Air Base, Azores (28 September - c. 28 December 1963)

AircraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ This patch has continued to be used by the squadron, despite the official design being placed on a disc to comply with Air Force regulations. This usage is the basis for the nickname "Squarepatchers", even though it is more rectangular than square. Thornbury, 384th ARS deactivates [sic]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e Thornbury, A1C Christopher (23 September 2016). "384th ARS deactivates, makes room for KC-46". 22d Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Dollman, TSG David (28 October 2015). "Factsheet 384 Air Refueling Squadron (AMC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ Endicott, p. 769
  4. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, p. 673
  5. ^ a b c d e Richardson, SRA Mackenzie (14 March 2017). "Team Fairchild welcomes the 'Squarepatchers'". 92d Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

BibliographyEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

See alsoEdit