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440th Operations Group
Emblem of the 440th Operations Group
Active 1943-1945; 1947-1951; 1953-1959; 1992-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force Reserve
C-130s of the 440th Operations Group at Pope Air Force Base, N.C
Paratroopers prepare to drop from a C-130 of the 440th Operations Group

The 440th Operations Group is an active United States Air Force Reserve unit. It is the flying component of the Twenty-Second Air Force 440th Airlift Wing, stationed at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina

The unit's World War II predecessor unit, the 440th Troop Carrier Group was a C-47 Skytrain transport unit assigned to Ninth Air Force in Western Europe. The 440th TCG dropped paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division near Carentan on the Cotentin Peninsula of France on 6 Jun 1944 and by transporting gasoline, ammunition, food, and other supplies to the same area on 7 Jun, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for completing these missions during the Invasion of Normandy.



The 440th Operations Group (Tail Stripe Bragg-Pope) consists of the following units flying C-130 Hercules aircraft:


For additional lineage and history, see 440th Airlift Wing


  • Established as 440 Troop Carrier Group on 25 May 1943
Activated on 1 Jul 1943
Inactivated on 18 Oct 1945
  • Activated in the Reserve on 3 Sep 1947
Redesignated 440 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 27 Jun 1949
Ordered to Active Duty on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 4 May 1951
  • Redesignated 440 Fighter-Bomber Group on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 15 Jun 1952
Redesignated 440 Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 8 Sep 1957
Inactivated on 14 Apr 1959
Redesignated: 440 Tactical Airlift Group on 31 Jul 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 440 Operations Group on 1 Aug 1992
Activated in the Reserve on 1 Aug 1992.





  • C-47, 1943-1945; 1948
  • C-53, 1944-1945
  • C-109, 1945
  • C-46, 1949-1951; 1952-1957
  • F-51, 1953-1954
  • T-33, 1954-1957
  • F-80, 1954-1957
  • C-119, 1957-unkn
  • C-130, 1992-Present


World War II

5 June 1944 photograph of C-47s of the 95th and 98th Troop Carrier Squadrons at RAF Exeter with freshly applied black/white invasion stripes to aid in aircraft identification from the ground. There was insufficient space to park all the aircraft on the concrete, so many were parked on grass turf.

Trained in the US and moved to England, Feb-Mar 1944, for duty with Ninth Air Force 50th Troop Carrier Wing, IX Troop Carrier Command.

Began operations by dropping paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division near Carentan on the Cotentin Peninsula on 6 Jun 1944 and by transporting gasoline, ammunition, food, and other supplies to the same area on 7 Jun, being awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for completing these missions during the invasion of Normandy.

Began flying supply and evacuation missions between England and France after the invasion of the Continent. In Jul 1944 most of the group was sent to Italy where it transported supplies to Rome until Aug 1944. The "detachment" in Italy participated in the invasion of southern France, dropping paratroops of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment near Le Muy on 15 Aug and towing gliders carrying reinforcements to that area later in the day.

Meanwhile those remaining in England continued to haul cargo, and on 10 Aug 1944 dropped supplies to an infantry battalion encircled at Mortain in northern France. The detachment returned to England on 25 Aug 1944. The air echelon moved to France on 11 Sep 1944, but returned immediately to England to participate in the airborne invasion of Holland. Dropped paratroops of the 82d Airborne Division near Groesbeek on 17 Sep 1944 and released gliders with reinforcements on 18 and 23 Sep.

By the end of Sep, the entire group had completed the move to France. On 26 Dec 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the group hauled gliders filled with supplies for the 101st Airborne Division encircled at Bastogne. In Mar 1945 it towed gliders with troops of the 17th Airborne Division to the battle area near Wesel during the airborne assault across the Rhine. Between 21 Apr and 14 May 1945, the group's air echelon operated from Conflans, France, to be closer to the front. The group transported food, clothing, medical supplies, gasoline, ammunition, and other cargo to the front lines and evacuated casualties to rear-zone hospitals.

After the war transported liberated prisoners and displaced persons. Inactivated in Europe on 18 Oct 1945.

Air Force Reserve

Activated in the US on 3 Sep 1947. Trained for troop carrier operations in the Reserve. Became part of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing when it activated in Jun 1949. Called to active duty on 1 May 1951 and inactivated four days later with its personnel and equipment being reassigned to other units as a result of the Korean War.

Activated again in the Reserve as a Fighter-Bomber Group the following year. Transitioned from fighter aircraft to C-119s, beginning in Apr 1957. In Nov 1957 the 440th Wing and the 95th Squadron moved on paper to Wisconsin, leaving the 440th Group and the 96th Squadron in Minnesota. The Group inactivated on 14 Apr 1959 as a result of the Tri-Deputate organization implementation.

Activated on 1 Aug 1992. Personnel participated in exercises, humanitarian and other airlift missions, worldwide.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Freeman, Roger A. (1994) UK Airfields of the Ninth: Then and Now 1994. After the Battle ISBN 0900913800
  • Freeman, Roger A. (1996) The Ninth Air Force in Colour: UK and the Continent-World War Two. After the Battle ISBN 1854092723
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  • USAFHRA Factsheet, 440th Operations Group

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