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507th Air Refueling Wing
507 ARW.jpg
Active 5 October 1944 — present
Country  United States
Branch Air Force
Type Aerial Refueling
Size 1,500 Personnel
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Tinker Air Force Base
Nickname Okies
Engagements World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1944–1945)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Colonel Jeffery Glass

The 507th Air Refueling Wing (507 ARW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. It is one of two Air Force Reserve flying units in the state of Oklahoma.

The Wing reports to Fourth Air Force and supports Air Mobility Command’s airlift and air refueling requirements, United States Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) requirements, including overseas deployment, in times of peace, war, and national emergency as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight inspection requirements.



The 507th consists of four subordinate groups, 15 squadrons and five flights and employs approximately 1,155 men and women. Approximately 184 members of the 507th are Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs) who serve as a full-time support cadre along with 20 traditional civilian employees.

931st Air Refueling Group (931 ARG) (McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas)

  • 18th Air Refueling Squadron (18 ARS)
  • 931st Civil Engineering Squadron (931 CES)
  • 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (931 AMXS)
  • 931st Operations Support Flight (931 OSF)
  • 931st Mission Support Flight (931 MSF)

507th Operations Group (507 OG)

507th Maintenance Group (507 MXG)

  • 507th Maintenance Squadron (507 MXS)
  • 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (507 AMXS)
  • 507th Combat Logistics Support Squadron (507 CLSS)
  • 507th Maintenance Operations Flight (507 MOF)

507th Mission Support Group (507 MSG)

  • 35th Combat Communications Squadron (35 CBCS)
  • 72d Aerial Port Squadron (72 APS)
  • 507th Civil Engineering Squadron (507 CES)
  • 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron (507 LRS)
  • 507th Security Forces Squadron (507 SFS)
  • 507th Communications Flight (507 CF)
  • 507th Mission Support Flight (507 MSF)
  • 507th Services Flight (507 SVF)

507th Medical Squadron (507 MDS)

Approximately 350 additional reservists serve with the 931st ARG. The unit operates eight KC-135R "Stratotanker" air refueling aircraft and, as an associate unit, the FAA's British Aerospace BAE 125/800 "Hawker".




  • Established as 507 Fighter Group on 5 Oct 1944
Activated on 12 Oct 1944
Inactivated on 27 May 1946
  • Established as: 534th Air Defense Group on 27 Apr 1953
  • Redesignated 507 Fighter Group (Air Defense) on 20 Jun 1955
Activated on 18 Aug 1955 by redesignation of 534th Air Defense Group
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 Feb 1961
  • Redesignated 507 Tactical Fighter Group on 4 May 1972
Activated in the Reserve on 20 May 1972
Inactivated on 25 Mar 1973
  • Activated in the Reserve on 17 Oct 1975
Consolidated (31 Jan 1984) with the 507 Fighter Wing (Air Defense), which was established, and activated, on 28 Dec 1960
Organized on 1 Feb 1961
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1968. Consolidated organization retained designation 507 Tactical Fighter Group.
Redesignated: 507 Fighter Group on 1 Feb 1992
Redesignated: 507 Air Refueling Group on 1 Apr 1994
Redesignated: 507 Air Refueling Wing on 1 Oct 1994
Redesignated: 507 Wing on 15 Mar 1996
Redesignated: 507 Air Refueling Wing on 1 Aug 1997.




  • 507 Operations: 1 Aug 1992–Present
  • 513 Air Control: 15 Mar 1996-1 Apr 1997
  • 931 Air Refueling: 1 Mar 1999–Present


Aircraft operated


World War II

The 507th Fighter Group was organized in Bruning AAF, Nebraska, in 1944. On 12 December 1944, the 507th was reassigned to Dalhart AAF, near Dalhart, Texas. There the group's personnel received intensive training in preparation for assignment to the Pacific Theatre. For four months they received combat training for long-range escort, strafing, and dive-bombing. The 507th Fighter group had three casualties during training: Second Lt. Glenn W. Dexler, Second Lt. Alden L. Kaylor, and Flight Officer Jack F. Anderson.

Following months of delays, the 507th arrived in the Pacific Theater, being assigned to Ie Shimain the Ryukyu Islands on 28 June 1945 from Saipan/Tinian. The group was assigned to the Twentieth Air Force VII Fighter Command, 301st Fighter Wing.

The 507th flew from Tinian to Saipan on 27 June so as to have a long runway for the fuel load needed to get to Ie Shima. On 1 July 1945 it began flying airstrikes from Ie Shima, targeting enemy ships, railroad bridges, airfields, factories, and barracks in Japan, Korea, and China. On 8 August 1945 the group escorted B-29 bombers on a raid, shooting down several Japanese fighters.

The group earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for outstanding performance in engaging and destroying Japanese interceptor aircraft during a long-range fighter sweep to Korea on 13 August 1945.

The 507th Fighter Group had ninety-five P-47s and 150 pilots. Between flying their first combat mission on 1 July and war's end on 15 August, the pilots logged over 8700 combat hours. They destroyed thirty-eight aircraft in the air, fired over 600,000 rounds of 50-caliber ammunition, dropped more than 480,000 pounds of CP bombs, 70,000 gallons of napalm firebombs and consumed a million gallons of gasoline.

During these forty-six days of combat, the 507th flew forty-six missions: 1492 sorties, 367 bomber escorts, 178 photo escorts, and 115 dumbo escorts. The group also flew 351 dive bombing sorties, 254 napalm firebomb sorties and 135 fighter sweeps. Pilots averaged 55.8 combat hours and 9 1/2 completed sorties.

With the end of the war, the 507th was reassigned to Yontan Air Base, Okinawa in January 1946. It was inactivated on 27 May 1946.

The names of those in the 507th Fighter Group who made the ultimate sacrifice are: First Lt. George W. Bradley, Second Lt. Willis E. Bean, Capt. Lanham C. Connally, First Lt. Walter R. Frederick, Second Lt. Earl G. Graham, Flight Officer Paul Lynn, Flight Officer Joseph B. Lawhon, Flight Officer Neal T. McGinnis, First Lt. Frank W. Mrneck, and First Lt. John R. Ranger.

The 507th Fighter Group was awarded the Asiatic – Pacific ribbon with three battle stars -China Offensive, Ryukus Campaign and the Air Offensive Japan Campaign. The 507th also received the Presidential Unit Citation. Many of their pilots received the Air Medal.

Cold War

From August 1955 to September 1968, the 507th served in an air defense role, training with interceptor aircraft and participating in various exercises. It trained for tactical fighter missions, participating in numerous tactical, joint, and combined exercises, May 1972-March 1973 and October 1975-September 1994.

The 507th was the first Air Force Reserve group to participate in Red Flag exercises (1978), and the first to deploy to Turkey for an annual tour (1982).

Modern era

It converted in 1994 from fighter to worldwide air refueling operations. From March 1996 to April 1997, the wing also controlled the 513th Air Control Group, the only Reserve organization flying the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

BRAC 2005

In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD realigned Will Rogers AGS by relocating the 137th Airlift Wing (ANG) to Tinker AFB and associate with the 507th Air Refueling Wing (AFR). Associating the ANG operation at Will Rogers (64-airlift) with the AFR operation at Tinker (4-tanker) would consolidate and streamline Air Force reserve component operations in Oklahoma City at a base of high military value.

In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Portland IAP AGS, OR. It would realign the 939th Air Refueling Wing (AFR) by distributing the wing’s KC-135R aircraft to the 507th Air Refueling Wing (AFR), Tinker AFB, OK (four aircraft) and another installation. Operations and maintenance manpower for four aircraft from the 939th Air Refueling Wing would be realigned with the aircraft to Tinker AFB. This recommendation would realign Portland's KC-135R tanker aircraft to Tinker(4) because of its higher military value than Portland (71) for the tanker mission. It would remain operationally effective due to their proximity to air refueling missions. This recommendation would also robust the Reserve squadron size at Tinker. Finally, an Air National Guard and Reserve KC-135 unit association would be established at Tinker to access Reserve experience and maximize regional Reserve participation in the aerial refueling mission.


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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • 507th Air Refueling Wing Factsheet

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