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2nd Airlift Squadron [2nd AS]

The 2nd Airlift Squadron was constituted as the 2nd Provisional Transport Squadron on 1 March 1935. Redesignated 2nd Transport Squadron, it was activated, on 28 June 1935, at Olmsted Field, PA, and assigned to Middletown Air Depot, PA.

The squadron was reassigned to the 10th Transport (later, 10th Troop Carrier) Group, on 20 May 1937. While tasked with training transport pilots, from 21 May-1 October 1942, the unit was redesignated as the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942. The squadron then deployed to Yangkai, China, on 17 Feb 1943, at which time it was assigned to Tenth Air Force, c. 17 Feb 1943 (attached to India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, 9 Mar-1 Jul 1943). The squadron was tasked with aerial transportation in CBI, 25 February 1943-c. August 1945, and took part in the airborne assault on Myitkyina, Burma, on 17 May 1944.

It was later stationed at Dinjan, India (1 July 1943); Shingbwiyang, Burma (14 August 1944); Dinjan, India (1 June 1945); Chihkiang, China (24 August 1945); and Hankow, China (25 September-21 November 1945). During the course of World War II, the unit would become assigned successively to Assam Air Base Command, c. 1 July 1943 (but attached to Troop Carrier Command, Eastern Air Command, 20 December 1943-6 March 1944); and to the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, (6 March 1944-24 December 1945). The squadron's mission then consisted of providing airlift of Chinese troops to eastern China for disarmament operations, from September-November 1945.

Upon the squadron's return to the United States, at Camp Anza, CA, on 23 December 1945, the 2nd inactivated on 24 December 1945. Aircraft flown by the squadron included the C-27 (1935-1937); the C-33 (1936-1939) including C-39 and various civilian and military modifications of DC-3 during period 1939-1941; the C-47 (1942-1945); and the C-46 (1945).

Redesignated as the 2nd Airlift Squadron, it was reactivated, on 1 June 1992 at Pope AFB, NC, and assigned to the 23rd Operations Group, flying the C-130 and tasked with providing airlift for airborne troops.

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