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Air Weather Reconnaissance Association


AWRA Organizational History

513 Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Weather)

Lineage

Constituted 513th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942. Activated on 31 Oct 1942. Redesignated 513th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 23 May 1945. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946. Redesignated 513th Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Long Range, Weather) on 6 May 1947. Activated on 23 May 1947. Inactivated on 20 Sep 1948. Activated on 10 Aug 1949. Inactivated on 20 Feb 1951. Redesignated 513th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 25 May 1951. Activated on 1 Jun 1951.

Assignments

376th Bombardment Group, 31 Oct 1942; 497th Bombardment Group, 1 Nov 1945-31 Mar 1946. 376th Reconnaissance Group, 23 May 1947; Air Weather Service, 26 Sep 1947; 308th Reconnaissance Group, 14 Oct 1947-20 Sep 1948. 308th Reconnaissance Group, 10 Aug 1949; Air Weather Service, 19 Dec 1950-20 Feb 1951. 376th Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1951; 376th Bombardment Wing, 16 Jun 1952-.

Stations

Lydda, Palestine, 31 Oct 1942; Abu Sueir, Egypt, 8 Nov 1942; Gambut, Libya, 10 Feb 1943; Soluch, Libya, 25 Feb 1943; Bengasi, Libya, 16 Apr 194.3; Enfidaville, Tunisia, c. 26 Sep 1943 (detachment operated from Bengasi, Libya, 3-11 Oct 1943); San Pancrazio, Italy, 19 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1945; Harvard AAFld, Neb, 8 May 1945; Grand Island AAFld, Neb, 25 Jun 1945; March Field, Calif, 1 Nov 1945; MacDill Field, Fla, c. 5 Jan-31 Mar 1946. Gravelly Point, Va, 23 May 1947-20 Sep 1948. Fairfield-Suisun AFB, Calif, 10 Aug 1949; Tinker AFB, Okla, 10 Nov 1949-20 Feb 1951 (detachment operated from Dhahran Airfield, Saudi Arabia, c. 6 Mar-May 1950). Forbes AFB, Kan, 1 Jun 1951; Barksdale AFB, La, 10 Oct 1951; Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, 1 Dec 1957-.

COMMANDERS.  

Aircraft

B-17, 1942-1943; B-24, 1943-1945; B-29, 1945. B/RB/WB-29, 1950-1951; C-47, 1950; C-54, 1950-1951. B-29, 1951-19s; B-47, 1954-1961; E(later, EB)–47,1961-.

Operations

Combat in ETO, c. 1 Nov 1942-15 Apr 1945. Not fully manned or equipped, 1 Nov 1945-31 Mar 1946. Not manned, 23 May 1947-20 Sep 1948. Primarily electronic countermeasures, c. Nov 1952-.

SERVICE STREAMERS. None

CAMPAIGN STREAMERS.

Egypt-Libya; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples- Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Amo; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMERS.

DECORATIONS.

Distinguished Unit Citations: North Africa and Sicily, [Nov] 1942-17 Aug 1943; Ploesti, Rumania, 1 Aug 1943; Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 16 Jun 1944

EMBLEM. Approved 6 Jan 1944.

Date prepared. 1982

Prepared by Maurer Maurer

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AWRA Organizational History

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