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343d Reconnaissance Squadron

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Country  United States
Garrison/HQ  Offutt Air Force Base
Part of  Air Combat Command
343d Reconnaissance Squadron
Active  1943–1946; 1947–1949; 1950-present
Branch  United States Air Force
Role  Reconnaissance and Surveillance

The 343d Reconnaissance Squadron is part of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

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Word War II

The 343d flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from 15 October 1943 to 21 April 1945.

Cold War

It conducted aerial photography from 1947–1949 and global strategic reconnaissance from 1950 to 1979.

Since 1979 the squadron has provided worldwide strategic reconnaissance support, including operations in Grenada in 1983, Libya in 1986, and Southwest Asia from 1990-1991. On 29 July 1953 a squadron RB-50 temporarily attached to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron was shot down by Soviet fighters about ninety miles south of Vladivostok. The Soviet Union did not deny the plane's location was over water, but claimed that the bomber had twice flown over Soviet territory and fired on their MiGs, who then returned fire defensively.

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 343 Fighter Squadron (Twin Engine) on 21 January 1943
  • Activated on 1 February 1943 Redesignated 343 Fighter Squadron, Twin Engine on 20 August 1943 Redesignated 343 Fighter Squadron, Single Engine on 5 September 1944 Inactivated on 20 August 1946
  • Redesignated 343 Reconnaissance Squadron, Very Long Range, Mapping on 5 February 1947
  • Activated on 24 Feb 1947 Redesignated 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Mapping on 29 June 1948 Inactivated on 14 October 1949
  • Redesignated 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Electronics on 27 October 1950
  • Activated on 1 November 1950 Redesignated 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium on 15 July 1954 Redesignated 343 Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron on 16 August 1966 Redesignated 343 Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 September 1991

    Assignments

  • 55th Fighter Group, 1 February 1943 – 20 August 1946
  • 55th Reconnaissance Group (later 55 Strategic Reconnaissance Group), 24 February 1947 – 14 October 1949
  • Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 19 July - 26 October 1948
  • 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Group, 1 November 1950
  • Attached to 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing until 3 January 1951 Attached to 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing after 4 January 1951
  • 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 16 June 1952
  • 55th Operations Group, 1 September 1991 – present
  • Operations

  • World War II
  • Operation Urgent Fury
  • Operation El Dorado Canyon
  • Operation Desert Storm
  • References

    343d Reconnaissance Squadron Wikipedia


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