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403d Operations Group
403d Wing.png
Emblem of the parent 403d Wing
Active 1942-1946; 1949-1953; 1953-1959; 1992-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
The WC-130J (right) and C-130J-30 (left) fly over the Bay St. Louis Bridge on May 20, 2007. The 815th Airllift Squadron "Flying Jennies" and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" are part of the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The bridge was damaged by Hurricane Katrina and will re-open May 17, 2007.

The 403d Operations Group (403 OG) is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force Reserve 403d Wing. It is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.



The 403 OG performs missions including airlift of personnel, equipment and supplies. Additionally, the group is the only unit in the Department of Defense tasked to organize, equip, train and perform all hurricane weather reconnaissance in support of the Department of Commerce.




  • Established as 403 Troop Carrier Group on 7 Dec 1942
Activated on 12 Dec 1942
Inactivated on 15 Oct 1946
  • Redesignated 403 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 Jun 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 Apr 1951
Inactivated on 1 Jan 1953
  • Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jan 1953
Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959
Redesignated: 403 Military Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985 (Remained inactive)
Redesignated: 403 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992
  • Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.



  • 6 Troop Carrier Squadron: 15 May-15 Oct 1946
  • 9 Troop Carrier Squadron: 31 May-15 Oct 1946
  • 13 Troop Carrier Squadron: 22 Aug 1943-15 Oct 1946
  • 19 Troop Carrier Squadron: 31 May-15 Oct 1946
  • 53 Weather Reconnaissance Squadron: 1 Nov 1993-Present
  • 63 Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 Dec 1942-15 May 1946 (detached 10 Oct 1943-3 Jul 1944); 27 Jun 1949-1 Jan 1953; 1 Jan 1953-14 Apr 1959
  • 64 Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 Dec 1942-15 May 1946; 27 Jun 1949-1 Jan 1953; 1 Jan 1953-14 Apr 1959
  • 65 Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 Dec 1942-26 Jul 1943; 20 Feb 1945-27 Jan 1946; 27 Jun 1949-1 Jan 1953; 1 Jan 1953-16 Nov 1957
  • 66 Troop Carrier Squadron: 12 Dec 1942-21 Jul 1943; 20 Feb 1945-15 Jan 1946; 27 Jun 1949-17 Apr 1951
  • 815 Airlift Squadron: 1 Aug 1992-Present.



  • C-47, 1942-1946; C/VC-47, 1952; TC-47, 1957-1959
  • C-46, 1945-1946; C/TC-46, 1949-1952
  • C-54, 1952
  • C-119, 1952, 1957-1959
  • C-46, 1953-1957
  • C-130, 1992-Present; WC-130, 1992-Present


Trained for overseas troop carrier operations from late 1942 to the summer of 1943, when it moved to the South Pacific.

Transported men and supplies to forward areas in the Solomon Islands and flew passenger and cargo routes to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and New Caledonia. The group also moved personnel of Thirteenth Air Force units to the Southwest Pacific theater. Supported campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines by transporting men and cargo to combat areas, evacuating casualties, and landing or dropping supplies for guerrilla forces. On 23 Feb 1945, dropped paratroops at Laguna de Bay, Luzon, to free civilian internees held by the Japanese.

Earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for transporting ammunition, food, and other supplies to Eighth Army forces in Mindanao and for landing on jungle airstrips to evacuate wounded personnel from Apr to Jun. From the Philippines, ferried occupation troops to Japan, evacuated liberated prisoners, and flew cargo and passenger routes to Japan and Australia.

From Jun 1949 until 1 Apr 1951, when it was called the active duty, the group trained as a reserve troop carrier unit in Oregon.

In Mar and Apr 1952, moved to Japan for operations against communist forces in Korea. Using C-119s, the group dropped paratroops and supplies, transported personnel and equipment, and evacuated casualties. On 1 Jan 1953, relieved from active duty and inactivated in Japan.

It activated again as a reserve unit, training for airlift, air evacuation, and aeromedical evacuation missions until inactivation in 1959. From 1992, the group flew Air Force Reserve airlift and weather reconnaissance missions, including Hurricane Hunter missions.


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