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19th Airlift Squadron [19th AS]

The 19th Airlift Squadron inactivated at the end of Fiscal Year 1996.

The 19th Airlift Squadron was constituted as the 19th Transport Squadron on 22 November 1940. Activated on 1 January 1941 at Hickam Field, Hawaii, the squadron was assigned to Hawaiian (later, Seventh) Air Force, flying the C-33. During the course of World War II, the squadron would conduct aerial transportation within the Hawaiian Islands and to forward bases in the Pacific.

The squadron was redesignated the 19th Troop Carrier Squadron on 5 July 1942. That same year, the unit transitioned to the C-53 aircraft. The following year, it converted to the C-57 and C-47. In 1944, it added to its inventory the C-45.

On August 15, the 19th became assigned to VI Air Service Area Command and the following year, on 15 December 1945, to AAF, Middle Pacific.

1946 saw the squadron transition to the C-54 and C-46 aircraft as well as assigned to Pacific Air Command, on 1 January 1946; the 403d Troop Carrier Group, on 31 May 1946; the 374th Troop Carrier Group, on 15 October 1946. The squadron was again reassigned on January 1, 1947, to Seventh Air Force (later, Pacific Air Command).

Reassigned to Ninth Air Force (though attached to Airlift Task Force [Prov], July-26 August 1948 as a detachment was operating from Rhein-Main AB, Germany, providing aerial transportation during the Berlin Airlift) on 17 August 1948, the squadron was inactivated a few days later, on the 26 at Bergstrom AFB, TX.

Redesignated as the 19th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 23 May 1952, the squadron was reactivated on 10 June 1952 at Brady AB, Japan. The squadron flew with the familiar C-46 aircraft under the 315th Troop Carrier Group. From 10 June 1952 to 27 July 1953, the squadron provided aerial transportation between Japan and Korea. The squadron inactivated on 18 January 1955.

The 19th consolidated on April 1, 1992 with the 1403d Military Airlift Squadron, which was designated, and activated, on 1 August 1984. The squadron had been attached to 316th Tactical Airlift Group, and then the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, starting 1 October 1989. Based at Yokota AB, Japan, the squadron provided intratheater airlift for high-ranking PACAF and civilian officials and small mission-essential equipment, from 1984-1993 while flying the C-12 before converting to the C-21 in 1985.

The consolidated squadron was designated the 19th Airlift Squadron on 1 April 1992 and assigned to the 316th Airlift Support Group, before being reassigned on 1 June 1992 to the 374th Operations Groups. The 19th AS was reassigned to the 60th AMW on 1 October 1993, at which point it moved to Travis AFB, CA.

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