41st Electronic Combat Squadron

The 41st Electronic Combat Squadron is a United States Air Force unit. Its current assignment is with the 55th Electronic Combat Group at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona as a geographically separated unit from its parent wing, the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

41st Electronic Combat Squadron
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41st Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Compass Call 73-1581
Active1917–1946; 1954–1959; 1965–1969; 1980–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleElectronic warfare
EngagementsWorld War I
Antisubmarine Campaign
Vietnam War
Desert Storm[1]
DecorationsPresidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
41st Electronic Combat Squadron emblem (approved 28 October 1981)[1]41ecs-emblem.jpg
9th Airship Company emblem (approved 3 January 1933)[2][note 1]1 Observation Sq emblem.png

The squadron is one of the oldest in the United States Air Force, its origins dating to 14 June 1917, when it was organized at Kelly Field, Texas. It served overseas in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. The squadron also saw combat during World War II, and became part of Tactical Air Command (TAC) during the Cold War.


World War IEdit

The squadron was an observation unit with French XVII and XXXII, and American III and IV Army Corps, 16 August – 11 November 1918.[1]

World War IIEdit

It provided air defense for Panama Canal, January 1942 – May 1944, with occasional antisubmarine patrols over the Caribbean and Pacific, especially during May and June 1942; deployed to Western Pacific in June 1945, but never entered combat.[1]

Cold WarEdit

The squadron was reactivated at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, where it was assigned to the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Group and equipped with Douglas RB-26 Invader aircraft.[1] In 1956 as deliveries of the Douglas RB-66B Destroyer to the Air Force increased, the squadron was equipped with the newer jet aircraft.[3]

From the 1960sEdit

The unit fought in Southeast Asia, c. November 1965 – 31 October 1969.[1]

The unit was tasked with command, control, and communications countermeasures from 1982 onwards. It flew electronic countermeasures missions from the United Arab Emirates during Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm from 27 August 1990 – 17 April 1991.[1]


  • Organized as Company A, 4th Balloon Squadron on 13 November 1917
Redesignated 9th Balloon Company on 25 July 1918
Redesignated 9th Airship Company on 30 August 1921
Redesignated 9th Airship Squadron on 26 October 1933
Redesignated 1st Observation Squadron on 1 June 1937
Redesignated 1st Observation Squadron (Medium) on 13 January 1942
Redesignated 1st Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942
Redesignated 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Special) on 25 June 1943
Redesignated 41st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 25 November 1944
Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 24 January 1946
Inactivated on 17 June 1946
  • Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night-Photographic on 14 January 1954
Activated on 18 March 1954
Inactivated on 18 May 1959
  • Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet and activated on 30 June 1965 (not organized)
Organized on 1 October 1965
Redesignated 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 8 October 1966
Redesignated: 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron on 15 March 1967
Inactivated on 31 October 1969
  • Redesignated 41st Electronic Combat Squadron on 17 June 1980
Activated on 1 July 1980[1]




See alsoEdit



Explanatory notes

  1. ^ The original triangular emblem was placed on a light blue disc in 1981 and slightly modified in 1994. AFHRA Factsheet.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Factsheet 41 Electronic Combat Squadron". Air Force Historical Research Agency. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 191–192
  3. ^ Knaack, p. 419


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