World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

512th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Weather)

Article Id: WHEBN0028043647
Reproduction Date:

Title: 512th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Weather)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of B-29 Superfortress operators
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

512th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Weather)

512th Rescue Squadron

512th Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 31 October 1942 – 26 March 1946
23 May 1947 – 20 September 1948
13 February 1949 – 20 February 1951
1 June 1951 – 15 March 1965
1 April 1994 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
19th Air Force
58th Special Operations Wing
58th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Kirtland Air Force Base
Engagements World War II
Korean war
Operation Tidal Wave
Decorations AFOUA


The 512th Rescue Squadron (512 RQS) is part of the 58th Special Operations Wing based at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. It operates UH-1N Twin Huey and HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.

Mission

Provide Mission-Ready H-1 and H-60 Crewmembers to Helicopter Units Worldwide

History

World War II

Established in the Middle East during late 1942 to aid British Forces during the Western Desert Campaign. Initially equipped with obsolete B-17C/D Flying Fortresses transferred from Tenth Air Force. Replaced with B-24 Liberators flown from Florida via South America; over to then across Central Africa then north to Egypt in early 1943. Became part of United States Middle East Air Forces (USMEAF), later Ninth Air Force.

Operating from bases in British Palestine, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, attacked shipping in the Mediterranean and harbor installations in Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy to cut enemy supply lines to North Africa. Struck airdromes, marshalling yards, and other objectives in Sicily and Italy after the fall of Tunisia in May 1943. Reassigned to Fifteenth Air Force in late 1943, and moved to southern Italy. Squadron flew long range strategic bombardment missions to targets in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans to bomb factories, marshalling yards, oil refineries, oil storage facilities, airdromes, bridges, harbors, and other objectives.

After the German Capitulation in May 1945, returned to the United States; was re-equipped with B-29 Superfortress bombers and trained under Second Air Force for deployment to the Pacific Theater. However with the Japanese Capitulation in August, the training ended and most personnel demobilized by the end of October. Remained in active status but not fully manned or equipped, and subsequently inactivated in early 1946 due to budget restrictions. The squadron was not fully manned or equipped between 10 November 1945 and 26 March 1946 and was unmanned from, 23 May 1947 – 20 September 1948.[1][2]

Korean War

Based in Japan at the beginning of the Korean War, the 512 RS, flying RB/WB-29s, performed daily strategic weather reconnaissance missions over the combat zone, conducted shipping surveillance and visual reconnaissance, and accomplished electronic countermeasures reconnaissance until 20 February 1951. In the early days of the conflict, the squadron also dropped leaflets. Initially unarmed, and later only lightly armed with two .50-caliber machine guns in the tail turret, the WB-29s flew daily missions over enemy-held territory. During 27 June through 27 December 1950, the squadron flew over 200 combat missions, making over 5,000 vitally needed weather observations. These missions were exceptionally hazardous because of extremely varying weather conditions and exposure to attack over enemy territory. One of the squadron's WB-29s served as an aerial command post and weather station, giving on-the-spot weather data and directions to incoming bombers on the first B-29 strike (13 July 1950) against North Korean installations. On this and several later such missions, the WB-29 carried Major General Emmett O'Donnell, Jr., USAF, Commander, FEAF Bomber Command. The 512 RS was replaced by the 56th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron in February 1951.

Cold War

Reactivated in May 1951. Practiced electronic countermeasures with B-29 aircraft from c. 1952 until conversion to B-47 Stratojet jet medium bombers in 1954. Between 1954 and 1965, the 513 Bombardment Squadron flew a long series of simulated combat bombardment missions to maintain readiness as a unit of the Strategic Air Command, testing electronic warfare devices and radar techniques, using B-47 and EB-47 aircraft. Inactivated in 1965 with the retirement of the B-47.

Modern era

Currently the 512th participates in Special Operations contingencies, exercises, and humanitarian rescue helicopter training.[1][2]

Lineage[1][2]

  • Constituted as 512th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 October 1942
Activated on 341 October 1942
Redesignated 512th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 23 May 1945
Inactivated on 26 Mar 1946
  • Redesignated 512th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long-Range, Weather) on 6 May 1947
Activated on 23 May 1947
Inactivated on 20 Sep 1948
  • Activated on 13 Feb 1949
Inactivated on 20 Feb 1951
  • Redesignated 512th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 25 May 1951
Activated on 1 June 1951
Inactivated on 15 Mar 1965
  • Redesignated 512th Special Operations Squadron on 25 Mar 1994
Activated on 1 Apr 1994
Redesignated 512th Rescue Squadron on 6 Oct 2000

Assignments[1][2]

Bases stationed[1][2]

Aircraft Operated[1][2]

Operations[1][2]

References

  • USAF 512th Rescue Squadron History
  • 512th Rescue Squadron Fact Sheet
  • Futrell, Robert Frank (1983) The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950–1953, Maxwell AFB, Alabama Office of Air Force History, ISBN 0-912799-71-4
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell
  • [1] Air Force Historical Research Agency

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.