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66th Troop Carrier Squadron
66th Troop Carrier Squadron-emblem.jpg
Emblem of the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron
Active 1942-1951
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force

The 66th Troop Carrier Squadron is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with the 403d Troop Carrier Group, stationed at Portland Municipal Airport, Oregon.

It was inactivated on 17 April 1951.

During World War II, the squadron operated primarily in the Southwest Pacific Theater, conveying personnel, dropping parachutists, towing gliders, transporting cargo, munitions and evacuating casualties in numerous campaigns. The squadron earned both the United States Distinguished Unit Citation and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for its combat operations.

As part of the Air Force Reserve during the postwar years, the squadron performed peacetime transport missions. Ordered to active service during the Korean War, the units' equipment and personnel were reassigned to Far East Air Force active duty units.

It was then inactivated as a paper unit.

History[edit | edit source]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted as the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron on 7 December 1942
Activated on 12 December 1942
Inactivated on 15 January 1946
  • Activated in the reserve on 3 August 1947
Redesignated the 66th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium) on 27 June 1949.
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951.
Inactivated on 17 April 1951.

Assignments[edit | edit source]

Stations[edit | edit source]

Operated from Tadji Airfield, New Guinea, 12 May- June 1944

Operated from Hill Field, Mindoro, and Dulag Airfield, Leyte, Philippines, 18 January-27 February 1945

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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