42d Attack Squadron: Wikis


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42d Attack Squadron
Active 1917-1919
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Unmanned Aerial vehicle
Garrison/HQ Creech AFB, Nevada
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
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Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Lt Col Christopher Gough

The 42d Attack Squadron (42 ATKS) of the United States Air Force flies MQ-9 Reaper UAVs and is currently based out of Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The 42d will oversee the training and combat deployment of aerial vehicle and sensor operators assigned to the new MQ-9 Reaper. According to its first squadron commander, Lt. Colonel Jon Greene, by 2009, the 42d Attack Squadron should have 18 Reapers assigned for training and deployment purposes. All aircraft will employ the AN/AAS-52 Multi-Spectral Targeting System developed by Raytheon.[1]





  • Organized as 42d Aero Squadron, June 13, 1917
Demobilized February 21, 1919
  • Authorized June 10, 1922, as 42d Squadron
Organized July 5, 1922
Redesignated 42d School Squadron, January 25, 1923
42d Aero Squadron reconstituted and consolidated 8 April 1924 with 42d School Squadron
Redesignated 42d Bombardment Squadron, March 1, 1935
Inactivated September 1, 1936
Redesignated 42d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on inactive list, December 22, 1939
  • Activated February 1, 1940
Redesignated 42d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), December 11, 1940
Redesignated 42d Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), April 30, 1946
Inactivated October 20, 1948
  • Redesignated and activated as 42d Bomb Squadron (Heavy), December 1, 1948
Inactivated February 1, 1963
  • Redesignated and activated as 42d Attack Squadron, November 9, 2006



References for commands and major units assigned, components and stations:[2][3][4]



The squadron was organized as the 42d Aero Squadron on June 17, 1917, shortly after the United States declared war on Germany. Based at Camp Kelly, Texas, the squadron flight-trained new pilots as part of the Air Service until demobilized on February 21, 1919.

The squadron was reconstituted in 1922 and became the 42d School Squadron in January 1923 as part of the 10th School Group at Kelly Field. In 1924 its lineage was consolidated with that of the 42d Aero Squadron. The 42d School Squadron continued its flying training role as part of the Air Corps in 1926, and was assigned to the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field in 1931.

On March 1, 1935, with the activation of the General Headquarters Air Force, the squadron was redesignated a bombardment squadron, although it remained a training squadron at Kelly until its inactivation in September 1936.

The 42d Bombardment Squadron was reactivated on February 1, 1940, in the expansion of the Air Corps anticipating U.S. participation in World War II, as part of the 11th Bombardment Group based at Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. Initially flying B-18s, the squadron was converting to B-17 Flying Fortresses when Hickam was attacked by Japanese carrier aircraft as part of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The 42d Bomb Squadron deployed with the 11th Bomb Group to Espiritu Santo, where it participated in the Guadalcanal Campaign. It conducted long-range reconnaissance and bombing missions throughout the South, Southwest, Central, and Western Pacific areas until the end of the war, converting to B-24 Liberator bombers in 1943.

In 1946, while based on Guam, the 42d BS was briefly equipped with B-29 Superfortresses, but had no aircraft or flying mission from 1947 to its inactivation on in 1948.

The squadron was re-activated as a unit of the United States Air Force on December 1, 1948. Assigned to the 11th Bomb Wing as part of the Strategic Air Command, it flew B-36 Peacemaker intercontinental bombers from Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. In 1957 it moved to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to convert to B-52 Stratofortresses, and in June 1960, became part of the 4043d Strategic Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where it remained until de-activated again in 1963.

On November 9, 2006, the squadron was re-designated the 42d Attack Squadron and re-activated at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, initially as part of the 57th Wing before being assigned as one of the six unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadrons of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, and the only squadron designated as an attack squadron.

The 42d ATKS received its first MQ-9 on March 13, 2007.[5] Officially combat-operational in Afghanistan since September 2007, the typical MQ-9 system consists of several aircraft, a ground control station, communications equipment/links, spares, and active duty and/or contractor personnel. The crew is one unmanned aerial system (UAS) operator and one sensor operator.


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South Pacific, 31 July-30 November 1942

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Pacific Theater, 7 August-9 December 1942

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6 August 1954-15 July 1957
27 October 1958-1 June 1960



  1. ^ "Multi-Spectral Targeting System". Raytheon. http://www.history.army.mil/books/R&H/R&H-3CV.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  2. ^ Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  4. ^ Rogers, Brian (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, England: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.
  5. ^ Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 14, 2007, Page 3B

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