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Lineage. Constituted 1 Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Redesignated: 391 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 22 Apr 1942; 391 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 20 Aug 1943. Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945. Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 91 Air Refueling Squadron, Medium, which was constituted on 1 Mar 1950. Activated on 16 Apr 1950. Redesignated 91 Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, on 1 Jan 1963. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1987. Activated on 5 Jan 1988. Redesignated 91 Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Sep 1991.

Assignments. General Headquarters Air Force (later, Air Force Combat Command), 15 Jan 1941 (attached to 34 Bombardment Group, 15 Jan 1941-); 1 Bomber Command, 5 Sep 1941 (remained attached to 34 Bombardment Group); II Bomber Command, c. 25 Jan 1942 (attached to 34 Bombardment Group through 24 Feb 1942); 34 Bombardment Group, 25 Feb 1942-28 Aug 1945. 91 Strategic Reconnaissance Group, 16 Apr 1950 (attached to 91 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 10 Feb 1951-27 May 1952); 91 Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 28 May 1952 (attached to 5 Air Division, 12 Jan- 
26 Feb 1954; Northeast Air Command, 6 Oct-12 Nov 1954 and 10 Jul-Oct 1955); 801 Air Division, 8 Nov 1957; 376 Bombardment Wing, 1 Dec 1957 (attached to 301 Air Refueling Wing, 4 May-14 Jun 1964); 301 Air Refueling Wing, 15 Jun 1964; 47 Air Division, 1 Jul 1971; 14 Air Division, 1 Apr 1972; 12 Strategic Missile Division, 1 Aug 1972; 384 Air Refueling (later, 384 Bombardment) Wing, 1 Dec 1972-1 Oct 1987. 301 Air Refueling Wing, 5 Jan 1988; 301 Operations Group, 1 Sep 1991; 43 Operations Group, 1 Jun 1992; 43 Air Refueling Group, 1 Jul 1994; 6 Operations Group, 1 Oct 1996-. 

Stations. Langley Field, VA, 15 Jan 1941; Westover Field, MA, 29 May 1941; Pendleton, OR, c. 25 Jan 1942; Davis-Monthan Field, AZ, c. 13 May 1942; Geiger Field (later, AAB), WA, 1 Jul 1942; Ephrata AAB, WA, 1 Dec 1942; Blythe AAB, CA, 11 Dec 1942-3 Apr 1944 (deployed at Salinas AAB, CA, 29 May-13 Jul 1943); Mendelsham, England, 23 Apr 1944-24 Jul 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, 13-28 Aug 1945. Barksdale AFB, LA, 16 Apr 1950; Lockbourne AFB, OH, 11 Sep 1951 (deployed at French Morocco, 12 Jan-26 Feb 1954; Goose AB, Labrador, 6 Oct-12 Nov 1954; and Ernest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, 10 Jul-Oct 1955); McConnell AFB, KS, 30 Jun 1971-1 Oct 1987. Malmstrom AFB, MT, 5 Jan 1988; MacDill AFB, FL, 1 Oct 1996-. 

Commanders. Lt Col William B. Matheny, 15 Jan 1941; Maj Arthur Y. Snell, 8 Apr 1942; Maj Thomas J. Jeffrey, Nov 1942; Maj John W. Norvell, 2 Apr 1943; Capt Allen W. Schroeder, 1 May 1943; Maj J. J. Easton, 1 Jun 1943; Maj William A. Heath, 1 Jul 1943; Maj Robert W. Zant, Sep 1943; None (unmanned), 30 Nov 1943-Jan 1944; Maj William H. Fandel, 22 Jan 1944; Lt Col Edmund F. Freeman, 9 Oct 1944-Aug 1945. Capt Elmer J. Erwin, Apr 1950; Maj Richard M. Ragland, c. Apr 1950; Lt Col Kent J. Prim, 8 Jan 1951; Lt Col Clifford S. Hovik, 3 Jan 1952; Maj William O. Ross, Feb 1953; Lt Col Laurence R. Gordon, Apr 1953; Lt Col Clifford S. Hovik, May 1953; Maj Ivon F. Klohe, Feb 1956; Lt Col William V. Strait Jr., 1 Jan 1957; Maj Kenneth D. Webster, 10 Aug 1957; Lt Col Robert L. Bennett, 1 Sep 1957; Lt Col Howard P. McClain, 11 Aug 1958; Lt Col Ira H. Schick, 4 Nov 1960; Lt Col Arnold W. Vincent, c. 1 Nov 1962; Lt Col Donovan Kimbrough, 17 Nov 1966; Lt Col Homer B. Wells, 7 Aug 1967; Lt Col Donald Deafenbaugh, 20 Oct 1967; Lt Col Robert B. Parker, 25 Jul 1969; Col Harold R. Austin, 1 Jul 1971; Lt Col George G. Prendergast, 1 Dec 1972; Lt Col Charles H. Gibson, 1 Jul 1974; Lt Col Gary G. Durkee, 1 Jul 1975; Lt Col Edgar W. Winkelmann, 15 May 1976; Lt Col Michael G. Dakes, 3 Jan 1978; Lt Col Francis J. Ludwig, 27 Feb 1978; Lt Col Dennis K. Bush, 7 Jul 1980; Lt Col Robert S. Gaines, 21 Aug 1981; Lt Col Mack L. Oldham, 3 Jan 1983; Lt Col Leonard Sumpter Jr., 14 Mar 1984; Lt Col Keith R. Wise, 21 Feb 1986-1 Oct 1987. Lt Col James R. Pugh, 4 Jan 1990; Lt Col Dane R. Martin, by Jan 1992; Maj Daniel R. Simmons, 30 Jun 1993; Lt Col Silvanus T. Gilbert, by Dec 1993-unkn; Lt Col Steve King, 1 Oct 1996; Lt Col Timothy J. Feeley, 27 Oct 1998; Lt Col John J. Shelpman, 27 May 1999; Lt Col Donald J. Halpin, 16 Jun 2000; Lt Col Roger Watkins, 15 Jun 2001; Lt Col John Kafer, 16 Jun 2003-. 

Aircraft. PT-17, 1941; B-17, 1941-1943, 1944-1945; B-18, 1941-1942; B-24, 1942-1943, 1944. KB-29, 1950-1953; KC-97, 1953-1963; KC-135, 1963-1987; UH-1, 1971-1972. KC-135, 1988-. 

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