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40th Air Refueling Squadron
40th Air Refueling Squadron emblem[2]
Active 1942-1944; 1952-1963
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Air Refueling
Role Aerial Refueling
Part of SAC/40 SW
Garrison/HQ Schilling AFB, Kansas
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 40th Air Refueling Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 310th Strategic Aerospace Wing, stationed at Schilling AFB, Kansas. It was inactivated on 15 March 1963.[3]


The unit was initially a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator operational training unit (OTU). Redesignated as a replacement training unit (RTU) in October 1943. Inactivated in April 1944 when Second Air Force ended heavy bomber training.

The squadron was reactivated in 1952 as a Strategic Air Command KC-97 Stratotanker squadron, providing air refueling to USAF units. The squadron was inactivated in 1963 as part of the phaseout of the KC-97 from SAC.

On 19 Sep 1985 the 40th Air Refueling Squadron was consolidated with the 540th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), a unit that was last active 1 Apr 1944. This action was directed by Department of the Air Force Letter DAF/MPM 662q Attachment 2 (Inactive Units), 19 Sep 1985. The Consolidated Unit will retain the Designation of 40th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy".


  • Constituted 540th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Oct 1942
Activated on 3 Nov 1942
Inactivated on 1 Apr 1944
  • Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 40th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium
Constituted on 18 Jun 1952
Activated on 8 Jul 1952
Discontinued on 15 Mar 1963.





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