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633d Special Operations Wing

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Active  1968-1970
Role  Special Operations
Engagements  Vietnam War
Country  United States
Part of  Pacific Air Forces
633d Special Operations Wing
Branch  United States Air Force

The 333d Special Operations Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was active from July 1968 through March 1970 at Pleiku Air Base, South Vietnam. In 1985, the wing was consolidated with the 333d Bombardment Group as the 333d Special Operations Wing.


Vietnam War

The 633d Combat Support Group had provided support for Air Force unis at Pleiku Air Base, South Vietnam since the spring of 1966. In February 1968, the 6th Air Commando Squadron, flying Douglas A-1 Skyraiders moved to Pleiku from England Air Force Base, Louisiana and was assigned to the 14th Air Commando Wing, which was located at Nha Trang Air Base. The 633d Special Operations Wing was activated in July 1968 to act as the headquarters for both units stationed at Pleiku.

The wing engaged in special operations combat, including close air support, air escort, day and night interdiction, and visual and photographic reconnaissance from its activation until November 1969

In November 1969 its only operational squadron was inactivated in Operation Keystone Cardinal, the first reduction in United States Air Forces combat forces as ceilings on forces in South Vietnam were reduced and the United States began to withdraw. Its Douglas A-1 Skyraiders were transferred to the 56th Special Operations Wing in Thailand. The wing managed the reduction of United States forces at Pleiku until March 1970, when it was inactivated and transferred its remaining equipment and personnel to the 6254th Air Base Squadron.

Consolidation and redesignation

In July 1985, the wing was consolidated with the 333d Bombardment Group, a World War II unit that also served in the Pacific area. The consolidated unit was designated the 333d Special Operations Wing, but has never been active under that designation.


  • Established as the 633d Special Operations Wing and activated on 9 July 1968 (not organized)
  • Organized on 15 July 1968 Inactivated on 15 March 1970 Consolidated with the 333d Bombardment Group as the 333d Special Operations Wing on 31 July 1985


  • Pacific Air Forces, 9 July 1968 (not organized)
  • Seventh Air Force, 15 July 1968 – 15 March 1970
  • Units

  • 6th Air Commando Squadron (later 6th Special Operations Squadron), 15 July 1968 – 15 November 1969
  • 633d Combat Support Group, 15 July 1968- 15 March 1970
  • Stations

  • Pleiku Air Base, South Vietnam, 9 July 1968 – 15 March 1970
  • Aircraft

  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider, 1968-1969
  • References

    633d Special Operations Wing Wikipedia

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