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Wing
 
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Combat - Command Element
 
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Existing

Description

Vietnam War


On 18 September 1966, the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (TRW) was activated at Udon RTAFB, Thailand as an McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II wing. At Udon, it became one of the most diversified units of its size in the Air Force.

The mission of the wing was to provide intelligence information about hostile forces through tactical reconnaissance and use its fighter elements to destroy the targets earmarked by the intelligence data provided. The wing had numerous missions in the support area. The 432d TRW accounted for more than 80 percent of all reconnaissance activity over North Vietnam.


In addition to the reconnaissance mission, the 432d also had a tactical fighter squadron component, with two (13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron) F-4C/D squadrons assigned. The squadrons flew strike missions over North Vietnam and the pilots and weapon systems officers of the 13 TFS and 555 TFS were credited with MiG kills.


In 1968, the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron (7th ACCS), flying specialized Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, became part of the 432d. The squadron had been attached to the wing as a temporary duty unit from Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. Another unit assigned was the 4th Special Operations Squadron (4th SOS) flying various (AC-47, AC-119) gunships that supported ground units.[9]


In the fall of 1970 the wing was phased down as part of the overall American withdrawal from the Vietnam War; however, in 1972 tactical fighter strength was augmented by deployed Tactical Air Command CONUS-based tactical fighter squadrons being attached to the 432d in response to the North Vietnamese invasion of South Vietnam. In addition, the 421st TFS was reassigned trom Takhli RTAFB. During Operation Linebacker, between May and October 1972, the 432d TRW had seven F-4 tactical fighter squadrons assigned or attached, (13th, 56th, 308th, 414th, 421st, 523d and 555th) making it the largest wing in the USAF. The three Vietnam era Airforce Aces all came from the 432d – two from the 555th and one from the 13th. The CONUS-based squadrons returned to the United States in the fall of 1972.


As a result of the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, the numbers of USAF personnel and aircraft at Udon were reduced. The 421st TFS was inactivated in August and the 555th was reassigned to Luke AFB in 1974. By the spring of 1975, two operational squadrons remained, the 14th TRS (RF-4C) and the 13th TFS (F-4D/E).


Forces from the 432d participated in the SS Mayaguez action in May 1975, sinking two Cambodian Khmer Rouge ships. By 1975, the political climate between Washington and Bangkok had become sour and the Royal Thai Government wanted the USAF out of Thailand by the end of the year. Palace Lightning was the plan under which the USAF would withdraw its aircraft and personnel from Thailand.[14]


The 423nd TFW was inactivated on 23 December 1975. The 13th TFSs F-4E aircraft and some support personnel were reassigned to the 3d TFW at Clark AB, Philippines and the F-4D aircraft and support personnel to the 18th TFW at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. The 14th TRS was inactivated and the RF-4Cs were sent to Shaw AFB, South Carolina. The last USAF personnel departed Udon RTAFB on 8 January 1976.[9]




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231 Members Who Served in This Duty Station


 

  • Allen, Edward, SMSgt, (1964-2007)
  • Austin, Melvin, MSgt, (1953-1973)
  • Berrier, Gary, SMSgt, (1968-1994)
  • Blanchard, Charles, CMSgt, (1968-1989)
  • Boatright, Michael, TSgt, (1968-1979)
  • Bogush, Terence, Sgt, (1965-1968)
  • Bonner, John, Lt Col, (1968-1989)
  • Bracy, Ronald, Lt Col, (1962-2002)
  • Bright, Mark, Maj, (1972-1995)
  • Briner, Lee, MSgt, (1952-1972)
  • Bruce, Robert, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Brush, Michael, Sgt, (1971-1976)
  • Cable, Quinton, MSgt, (1955-1978)
  • Campbell, Edward, SMSgt, (1971-1996)
  • Cannady, Stan, SMSgt, (1968-1994)
  • Chancey, James, SSgt, (1966-1970)
  • Conner, Donnie, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Cooley, John, MSgt, (1966-1987)
  • Cooney, James, Lt Col
  • Cooper, Timothy, Lt Col, (1973-1997)
  • Cottingham, Craig, SMSgt, (1978-1991)
  • Crews, Barton, Maj
  • [Name Withheld], (1969-1973)
  • Daniels, Orel, SSgt, (1963-1971)
  • Davies, John Owen, Lt Col, (1964-1984)
  • Dayney, Joseph, Sgt, (1973-1977)
  • DeBelleue, Charles, Capt
  • Dickmann, Dennis, Sgt, (1965-1969)
 

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Vietnam War ir Aces (Dec 11, 2013) 
First and only pilot ace in Vietnam, Capt Steve Ritchie down his fifth MIG-21with WSO,
Capt. Ritchie is a recipient of the Air Force Cross
Capt. Steve Ritchie, pilot and Capt Charles DeBellevue, WSO, scored the first of four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 kills They achieve together on May 10th, July 8th (2) and Aug 28th.
Capt. Steve Ritchie, pilot, and WSO, Capt. Lawrence H. Pettit down MIG-21 on May 21.
Assigned to 555th ("Triple Nickel") Tactical Fighter Squadron of 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base.
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First WSO, Air Ace, Colonel Charles Barbin "Chuck" DeBellevue
Credited with a total of six MiG kills, the most earned by any U.S. aviator during the Vietnam War[1] and is a recipient of the Air Force Cross.
May 10, 1972,DeBellevue and Ritchie scored the first of four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 kills they achieve together
Capt John A. Madden, Jr, pilot, WSO, Colonel Charles Barbin "Chuck" DeBellevue was together for DeBellevue 5th and 6th MIG kill.
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Air Ace,Capt Jeffrey S. Feinstein, WSO credit with fifth MIG kill. Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his first four kills and Air Force Cross for his fifth kill.
Capt. Feinstein was assigned13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, part of the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, based at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.
Apr. 16 - Major Edward D. Cherry, pilot
May 31 - Capt Bruce G. Leonard, Jr.
Jul 18 - Lt Col Carl G. Baily
Jul 29 - Lt Col Carl G. Baily
Oct 13 - Lt Col Curtis D. Westphal


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Duty Station Timeline
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
Individuals authorized the award of this medal must have been deployed abroad for service in the Global War on Terrorism operations on or after September 11, 2001, and to a future date to be determine ... More
2002
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (framed)
Criteria
The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon is awarded to military members of the Air Force who are credited with completion of a contingency deployment. "Deployment" is defined as either deployment on ... More
2002
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
1 Oct 1992 - 30 Sept 1994
1994
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
1 Jan 1991 - 31 Dec 1991
1991
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
18 Dec 1972 - 27 Jan 1973
1973
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa ... More
Description
18 Sept 1966 - 28 Jan 1973
1973
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout ... More
Description
18 Sep 1966-28 Jan 1973
1973
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who: 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; or 2. Served outside the geographical l ... More
Description
18 Sept 1966 - 28 Jan 1973
1973
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
21 Nov 1970 - 6 Apr 1971
1971
Attached 4th Tactical Fighter Wing
4th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) 4th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) 6th Aerial Port Squadron (APS)
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1971
Attached 31st Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
from Homestead AFB, Florida
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1971
Attached 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
TDY from Eglin AFB, Florida Consist of: 33rd Munitions Maintenance Squadron (MMS) 37th Aerospace Recovery & Rescue Squadron, Detachment 2 (AR&RS) 38th Aerospace Recovery & Rescue Squad ... More
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1971
Attached 56th Air Commando Wing (ACW)
Consist of: 58th Tactical Fighter Sqaudron (TFS) TDY from Eglin AFB, Florida 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) Changed from 308th TFS 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) TDY from Homestead AF ... More
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1971
Attached 405th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
TDY from Clark AFB, Consist of: 405th Field Maintenance Squadron (FMS) 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS)
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1971
Attached 479th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)
523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) TDY from Clark AFB, PI 544th Tactical Recon Squadron (TRS) 66-67 554th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) 601st Photo Flight ... More
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1971
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
21 Nov 1969 - 20 Nov 1970
1970
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Description
19 Sep 1967-1 Nov 1968
1969
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Description
1 Nov 1968-31 Oct 1969
1969
Attached: 4th Special Operations Squadron (4th SOS
Flying various (AC-47D Base:Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnem
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1969
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Pre 2014)
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospital ... More
Description
18 Sept 1966 - 18 Sept 1967
1967
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present)
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
Description
1953 - Present
1966
Support Group 630th Combat Support Group
Formerly 6232nd Combat Support Group
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1966
Attached to: Seventh Air Force
18 September 1966-c. 15 August 1973
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1966
Support Group 432nd Combat Support Group
Consist of: 432nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron (RTS) Formerly 630th CSG
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1966
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Consolidated (31 January 1984) with the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, which was established on 23 March 1953 Activated on 8 February 1958 Inactivated on 18 June 1959 Activated on 19 Augu ... More
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1966
Support Group 432nd Maintenance Group
432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
432nd Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
432nd Maintenance Squadron
432nd Aircraft Communications Maintenance Squadron ... More
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1966
McDonnell RF-101C "Voodoo"
Six cameras in place of radar and cannons in the reshaped nose and retained the bombing ability of the fighter-bomber version
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1966
McDonnell Douglas F-4D
1966 - 1975 A tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor fighter/fighter-bomber.
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1966
Douglas AC-47 Skytrain
October 15, 1969 ? December 15, 1969 Spooky (also nicknamed "Puff, the Magic Dragon") was the first in a series of gunships developed by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. ... More
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1966
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II
1966 - 1975 The only aircraft equipped with the ultra-long-range KS-127 LOROP (long-range oblique photography) camera, and was used for a variety of reconnaissance
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1966
McDonnell Douglas F-4E
1966 - 1975 In air combat, the Phantom's greatest advantage was its thrust, which permitted a skilled pilot to engage and disengage from the fight at will.[42] The massive aircraft, designed to fire ... More
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1966
Lockheed EC-130ABCCC Hercules
The EC-130ABCCC was was developed to support clandestine special operations missions during the Vietnam War. Performed Airborne Battlefield Command and Control (ABCCC) mission in Southeast Asia fro ... More
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1966
Command 837th Air Division
Feb 8, 1958 - Jun 18, 1959
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1958
McDonnell RF-101 Voodoo
1957 =1959 Six cameras in place of radar and cannons in the reshaped nose and retained the bombing ability of the fighter-bomber versions. Electronic reconnaissance variant of the RB-66B, included ... More
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1957
Martin RB-57A "Canberra
Photo reconnaissance version with cameras installed aft of the bomb bay; 67 built. RB-57A avionics included an AN/APS-11A transponder and AN/APA-90 Indicator Group for command guidance (LEFT, RIGHT, ... More
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1956
Attached to: 6 Air Army (SAGEBRUSH)
31 Oct 1955 - 10 Dec 1955
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1955
Attached to: 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Attached 18 March 1954 ? 30 October 1955
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1954
Assigned to Shaw AFB, South Carolina
23 March 1953 - 18 June 1959
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1953
Support Group 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Group
The was to assume the reconnaissance training mission that was handled previously by the 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
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1953
432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Consolidated (31 January 1984) with the which was established on 23 March 1953 Activated on 8 February 1958 Inactivated on 18 June 1959
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1953
 
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