463d Operations Group

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The United States Air Force's 463rd Operations Group was a tactical airlift unit last stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.wikipedia
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463d Airlift Group

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The group was assigned to the 463d Troop Carrier Wing and equipped with Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars.
When active, the 463d Airlift Group is entitled to display the awards earned by the 463d Bombardment Group prior to 16 January 1953, unless that group is assigned to another headquarters.

516th Aeronautical Systems Group

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It received its personnel and aircraft from the 516th Troop Carrier Group, a reserve unit that had been called to active duty for the Korean War, which was simultaneously inactivated.
In 1951 it was called to active duty for the Korean War and served until 1953, when it was replaced by the 463d Troop Carrier Group.

775th Troop Carrier Squadron

775th Bombardment Squadron
775th Bombardment Squadron (later 775th Troop Carrier Squadron): 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945; 8 June 1955 – 1 August 1957
It was last assigned to the 463d Troop Carrier Group.

774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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774th Bombardment Squadron (later 772d Troop Carrier Squadron, 774th Airlift Squadron): 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945; 16 January 1953 – 25 September 1957, 1 November 1991 - 1 October 1993
During World War II, the 774th Bombardment Squadron was a B-17 Flying Fortress squadron, assigned to the 463d Bombardment Group of Fifteenth Air Force.

Frank Kurtz

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The "Swoose" Group was commanded by Col. Frank Kurtz, a pre-war Olympic swimmer and pilot of the famed B-17 "The Swoose" in the Pacific during 1941–42.
His daughters first name "Swoosie" (rhymes with Lucy, rather than woozy) is derived from his two B-17s named "The Swoose" and "Swoose II", which he piloted with the 19th and 463rd Bomb Groups.

772d Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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772d Bombardment Squadron (later 772d Troop Carrier Squadron, 772d Airlift Squadron): 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945; 16 January 1953 – 25 September 1957, 1 November 1991 - 1 October 1993
463d Bombardment Group, 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945

773d Airlift Squadron

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773d Bombardment Squadron (later 773d Troop Carrier Squadron, 773d Airlift Squadron): 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945; 16 January 1953 – 25 September 1957, 1 November 1991 - 1 October 1993
463d Bombardment Group, 1 August 1943 – 25 September 1945

Celone/San Nicola d'Arpi Airfield

Celone Airfield, Italy
Celone Airfield, Italy 9 March 1944 – 25 September 1945
The major tenant of the airfield was the USAAF Fifteenth Air Force 463d Bombardment Group, which arrived from Lakeland Army Airfield, Florida on 9 March 1944.

Lakeland Army Air Field

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Lakeland Army Air Field, Florida, 1 January - February 1944
The 463d Bombardment Group arrived at Lakeland from MacDill on 3 January 1944 for final Level 3 combat training.

5th Air Division

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5th Bombardment Wing, 9 March 1944 – 25 September 1945
463d Bombardment Group: 9 March 1944 – 25 September 1945

Ellsworth Air Force Base

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Rapid City Army Air Base, South Dakota, August 1943
463d Bombardment Group, 1 September-1 November 1943 (VIII BC, England)

MacDill Air Force Base

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MacDill Field, Florida, 5 November 1943
463d Bombardment Group, 5 November 1943 – 3 January 1944 (B-17 2d Level Training)

United States Air Force

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The United States Air Force's 463rd Operations Group was a tactical airlift unit last stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Airlift

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The United States Air Force's 463rd Operations Group was a tactical airlift unit last stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Dyess Air Force Base

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The United States Air Force's 463rd Operations Group was a tactical airlift unit last stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

World War II

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During World War II as the 463d Bombardment Unit, it was second-to-last B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber group trained in the United States.

Southern Italy

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It was deployed to Southern Italy as part of the Fifteenth Air Force in March 1944.

15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force

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It was deployed to Southern Italy as part of the Fifteenth Air Force in March 1944. Moved to Italy, February–March 1944, and assigned to Fifteenth Air Force.

Italy

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Moved to Italy, February–March 1944, and assigned to Fifteenth Air Force.

Czechoslovakia

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Attacked such targets as marshaling yards, oil refineries, and aircraft factories in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

Yugoslavia

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Attacked such targets as marshaling yards, oil refineries, and aircraft factories in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

Greece

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Attacked such targets as marshaling yards, oil refineries, and aircraft factories in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

Presidential Unit Citation (United States)

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The group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing oil refineries in Ploiești on 18 May 1944: when clouds limited visibility to such an extent that other groups turned back, the 463d proceeded to Ploiești and, though crippled by opposition from interceptors and flak, rendered destructive blows to both the target and the enemy fighters.

Ploiești

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The group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing oil refineries in Ploiești on 18 May 1944: when clouds limited visibility to such an extent that other groups turned back, the 463d proceeded to Ploiești and, though crippled by opposition from interceptors and flak, rendered destructive blows to both the target and the enemy fighters.

Operation Dragoon

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Participated in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944 by striking bridges, gun positions, and other targets.