HISTORY AND LINEAGE OF THE 86TH SQUADRON
On 20 November 1940, a new squadron was formed and designated the 86th Bombardment Squadron, Light. It was activated on 15 January 1941 and stationed at McChord Field, Washington. The mission was mainly anti-submarine patrols with the B-18 its primary aircraft.
In the six years that followed, the 86th traveled to all parts of the world earning a proud history. The mission was expanded to include training personnel for overseas duty and combat operations.
In 1942, the 86th started its journey through various parts of Europe and North Africa. It was stationed in approximately 20 different locations including French-Morocco (1942), Conrobert, Algeria (1943), and Salon, France (1944). The 86th supported combat operations with the DB-7, A-20, and A-26 aircraft.
The 86th Bombardment Squadron received numerous campaign streamers and the Distinguished Unit Citation in 1943 and 1945.
The 86th returned to the United States in 1945 to begin training in support of a new mission of night tactical operations. Stationed at Briggs Fields, Texas, in 1946, and then Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in 1948, the 86th was redesigned the 86th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Jet, flying the A-26 and then B-45 aircraft.
With the slowdown of military operations, the 86th was deactivated in 1949.
On 23 March 1954, the 86th Bombardment Squadron, Light, jet was reactivated. It was stationed at Sculthorpe RAF Station and Alconbury RAF station, England, flying the B-45 and B-66 aircraft. On 1 Oct 1955, the 86th was redesigned as the 86th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical. The 86th remained in England, maintaining proficiency in a variety of tactical operations and was awarded the Air Force Unit Citation for operations from July 1958 to June 1960.
The 86th distinguished itself by acquiring eleven campaign streamers and three Distinguished Unit Citations.
On 22 March 1972, the 86th was redesignated the 86th Flying Training Squadron. The old 3646th Pilot Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB was redesignated the 86th Flying Training Squadron, giving the 86th it present name and location. Since 1972, the 86th was an active squadron training student pilots. From 1976 to 1979, the squadron trained Strategic Air Command Co-pilots in the ACE program. The squadron was deactivated in September 1992. During its twenty years as a pilot training squadron, the 86th Flying Training Squadron earned five Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards. On 17 February 1994, the 86th Flying Training Squadron was reactivated. The training mission continues utilizing the T-1A Jay Hawk for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training.
Constituted 86th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 2o Nov 194o. Activated on 15 Jan 3 1941. Inactivated on 2 Oct 3 1949. Activated on 23 Mar 1954. Redesignated 86th Bombardment Squadron (Tactical) on 1 Oct 1955. Discontinued, and inactivated, on 22 Jun 1962. Redesignated 86th Flying Training Squadron and activated on 22 March 1972
47th Bombardment Group, 15 Jan 1941-2 Oct 1949. 47th Bombardment Group, 23 Mar 1954; 47th Bombardment Wing, 8 Feb 1955-22 Jun 1962.
MeChord Field, Wash, 15 Jan 1941; Fresno, Calif, 11 Aug 1941; Will Rogers Field, Okla, 15 Feb 1942; Greensboro, NC, 16 Jul-17 Oct 1942; Mediouna, French Morocco, c. 17 Nov 1942; Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, Dec 1942; Canrobert, Algeria, 21 Feb 1943; Thelepte, Tunisia, 30 Mar 1943; Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia, 16 Apr 1943; Soliman, Tunisia, c. 1 Jun 1943; Malta, 22 Jul 1943; Torrente Comunelli, Sicily, 13 Aug 1943; Gerbini, Sicily, 19 Aug 1943; Grottaglie, Italy, 27 Sep 1943; Vincenzo Airfield, Italy, 12 Oct 1943; Vesuvius Airfield, Italy, 13 Jan 1944; Capodichino, Italy, 22 Mar 1944; Vesuvious Airfield, Italy, 25 Apr 1944; Ponte Galeria, Italy, 9 Jun 1944; Ombrone Airfield, Italy, 23 Jun 1944; Poretta, Corsica, 12 Jul 1944; Salon, France, 5 Sep 1944; Follonica, Italy, 19 Sep 1944; Rosignano Airfield, Italy, 4 Oct 1944; Grosseto, Italy, 2 Jan 1945; Pisa, Italy, 15-23 Jun 1945; Seymour Johnson Field, NC, c. 15 Jul 1945; Lake Charles AAFld, La, 9 Sep 1945; Biggs Field, Tex, 2o Oct 1946; Barksdale AFB, La, 19 Nov 1948-2 Oct; 1949. Sculthorp, England,.3 Mar 1954; RAF Aconbury, England 15 Sep 1955; Sculthorp, England, 5 Aug 1959-22 Jun 1962.
B-18, 1941-1942; A-20, 1942-1945; A-26 (Later B-26), 1945-1949; B-45, 1949;
B-45, 1954-1957; B-66, 1958-1962.
Antisubmarine patrols, Dec 1941-Jan 1942. Combat in MTO, 14 Dec 1942-30 Apr 1945.
Antisubmarine, American Theater; Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; Air Combat EAME Theater.
Distinguished Unit Citations: North Africa, 22 Feb 1943; Po Valley, 21-24 Apr 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 1 Jul 1958-30 Jun 1960.
On a light turquoise blue disc, border white, edged black, the head and shoulders of a caricatured black wolf, with white face, red nose, tongue, and eye, wearing yellow gloves, white cuffs, and a black, battered top hat, highlighted grayed red violet and orange, sneaking from behind a large, white cloud formation in sinister base and dropping, with the dexter forepaw, a black aerial bomb, highlighted grayed red violet and white, all in front of four, white, crossing searchlight beams and two antiaircraft bursts, proper; in dexter
fess a decreseent, caricatured moon with red eye and features outlined black, (Approved 8 Mar 1945.)