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92d Air Refueling Squadron
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92d Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 1941-1945; 1957 - present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Air Refueling
Part of Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
92d Air Refueling Wing
92d Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Fairchild Air Force Base
Motto(s) Latin: Dantibus Damus
We Give So That You May Give
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Aircraft flown
Tanker KC-135 Stratotanker

Emblem of the 392d Bombardment Squadron (World War II)

B-24J-45-CO Liberator 42-73425 Named "Deadeye II" Flying over Iwo Jima, 6 March 1945

The 92d Air Refueling Squadron (92 ARS) is part of the 92d Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.


The squadron operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions.


World War II

Established as a B-18 Bolo reconnaissance squadron; assigned to Third Air Force although stationed in California for maritime patrol duty off the west coast. Deployed to Louisiana after the Attack on Pearl Harbor, engaged in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico.

Redesignated as the 392d Bombardment Squadron in April 1942, returned to California and flew antisubmarine patrols off the west coast while also conducting replacement training from, January 1942–c. July 1943 .

Re-equipped with Very Long Range (VLR) B-24 Liberators and deployed to the Central Pacific in November 1943 to take part in the island hopping campaign. Moved to Funafuti Airfield, Nanumea in the Gilbert Islands. Mounted bombing raids against enemy installations on those islands. It also raided airfields in the Marshall Islands to help prevent the launching of Japanese planes against the amphibious assault on Tarawa.

Staging through the recently captured Tarawa and Mankin Islands, the squadron attacked several atolls in the Marshalls, including Kwajalein. Between November 14, 1943 and April 1, 1944, the squadron carried out bombing missions over the Marshall Islands and participated in the actual invasion of Kwajalein in February 1944.

As the war moved closer to Japan, the squadron attacked Truk. The 392d also bombed Wake Island, Guam, Saipan, and harassed other islands in the Carolines and Marianas, bypassed by American amphibious forces.

In August 1944, the squadron moved to East Field, Saipan in the Mariana Islands. During the next six months, the 38th conducted intensive bombing strikes against airfields and shipping at Bonin and Volcano Islands, Iwo Jima, ChiChi Jima, and Yap. Its final bombing mission was at Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, the same day three Marine divisions invaded the island.

In March 1945, the 392d returned to Hawaii on the popular but mistaken rumor that it was to be reequipped with B-32 Dominators. Instead, many of the crews and planes were reassigned to the 11th Bombardment Group and subsequently served with it. The remaining elements waited out the war conducting training sorties and routine patrols. Inactivated on 20 March 1946.

Cold War

The 92d Air Refueling Squadron was activated on 1 July 1957 when it assumed the mission, personnel, and aircraft of the inactivating 506th Air Refueling Squadron as Strategic Air Command transferred the 42d Air Division and its fighter resources at Bergstrom Air Force Base to Tactical Air Command.[1]

Has flown worldwide air refueling since reactivation. It furnished tankers and crews to support combat in Southeast Asia between 1965 and 1975 and to Southwest Asia from, 15 August 1990 – 15 April 1991.[2]


  • Constituted 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
  • Redesignated: 392d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 22 April 1942
  • Redesignated: 392d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 5 May 1943
Inactivated on 30 November 1945
  • Consolidated (19 September 1985) with 92d Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, which was constituted on 12 February 1957
Activated on 1 July 1957
Redesignated 92 Air Refueling Squadron on 1 September 1991.


Attached to 30th Bombardment Group, 15 January 1941
Remained attached to 30th Bombardment Group, 4 September 1941
Associated with: 1st Photographic Group, 10 Jun 1941-22 Apr 1942 (training)
Attached to Second Air Force, 1 July-13 September 1957

Bases stationed

  • March Field, California, 15 January 1941
  • New Orleans Airport, Louisiana, 5 May 1941
  • Muroc Army Airfield, California, 25 December 1941
  • Hammer Field, California, 27 February 1942
Detachment operated from San Diego Airport, California, 10 April-11 May 1942
  • March Field, California, 15 July 1942 – 28 September 1943
  • Barking Sands Army Airfield, Hawaii Territory, 20 October 1943
  • Canton Airfield, Gilbert Islands, 10 November 1943

Aircraft Operated



  1. Abstract, History 42 Air Division May-Jul 1957 (retrieved October 13, 2013)
  2. Kane, Robert B., AFHRA Factsheet 92 Air Refueling Squadron 7/21/2010 (retrieved unknown)

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Maurer, Maurer. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Air Force Historical Studies Office, 1969. ISBN 0-89201-097-5.

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