45th

Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

 

 





45th TRS RF-101C 56-0129 in 1966
Aircraft was part of the Able Mable Program
Image courtesy of Joseph W. Brown Jr.

 

 


History of the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Southeast Asia.

Lineage.
45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 Jan 1967. Inactivated on 31 May 1971. Activated on 15 Oct 1971. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1975.
 
Assignments
67 Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 25 Feb 1951 (attached to 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Jun-25 Nov 1954 and 1 Jul-30 Sep 1957); 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 Oct 1957; 39 Air Division, 25 Apr 1960 (attached to 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Jul 1966-[as Detachment 1, 45 TRS]); 475 Tactical Fighter Wing, 15 Jan 1968 (remained attached to 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing [as Detachment 1, 45 TRS] to 31 Dec 1970); Fifth Air Force, 15 Mar-31 May 1971. 67 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 15 Oct 1971-31 Oct 1975 (attached to 10 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 13 Jun-7 Jul 1973).

Stations.
 Misawa AB, Japan, 3 Mar 1955-31 May 1971 (detachment at Don Muang RTAFB, Thailand, Nov 1961-1 May 1962 and 14 Nov-14 Dec 1962; Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 14 Dec 1962-5 May 1963, 1 Nov 1963-3 May 1964, and 1 Feb-6 Nov 1965; Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, 1 Nov 1965-15 Aug 1966; deployed at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, Jul 1966-31 Dec 1970).

Commanders
 Lt Col Colin J. Walker, 23 Jun 1966; Maj Simon W. C. Moses, c. 1-22 Jul 1966; none (not manned), 23 Jul 1966-31 May 1971. Lt Col Dannie T. Waddle Jr., 15 Oct 1971; Lt Col James E. Kater, 20 Jul 1973; Lt Col Kay L. Berry, 20 Dec 1974-31 Oct 1975.
[Commanders, Detachment 1, 45 Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron: Maj Simon W. C. Moses, 8 Jul 1966; Col Daniel J. Nelson, 1 Aug 1966; Lt Col Gordon H. Johns, 1 Nov 1966; Lt Col Byron P. Spears, 10 Sep 1967; Col Alfred G. Simmons, 27 Aug 1968; Lt Col Jack W. Gillette, 24 Jan 1969; Lt Col Jack C. Bowland, 5 May 1969; Lt Col Kirby A. Bernich, 9 Aug 1969; Lt Col Thomas T. Mounts, 6 Dec 1969; Lt Col Spencer Hall Jr., 18 May-c. 16 Nov 1970; none (not manned), c. 16 Nov-31 Dec 1970.]

 
Aircraft
 RF-101, 1958-1970. RF-4, 1971-1975.
 
Operations
Squadron detachments flew combat reconnaissance in SEA, Nov 1961-Jul 1966. Combat reconnaissance in Southeast Asia (SEA), Jul 1966-Nov 1970.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers
Vietnam
: Vietnam Advisory; Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/ Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations
 Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): 18 Feb 1966-30 Jun 1967; 1 Sep 1967-10 Jul 1968; 11 Jul 1968-31 Aug 1969.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Nov 1962-31 Oct 1963; 1 Nov 1963-31 Dec 1964; 1 Jan 1966-30 May 1967; 1 Jul 1969-30 Jun 1970; 1 Jul-31 Dec 1970.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Dec 1952-30 Apr 1953; 8 Nov 1961-10 May 1962; 16 Oct 1971-15 May 1973; 16 May 1974-31 Oct 1975;
 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-30 Apr 1970.

 

Note:  History of the unit in SEA only is given.



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