6167th Air Base Group in Korea

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Originating as the 6153rd Air Base Unit in October 1950, this organization operated the Seoul Airdrome except when forced to leave in the face of the Chinese advances in December 1950. From around February 1952, the organization also began flying combat support missions under direct control of Headquarters, Fifth Air Force. Flying unarmed, modified C-46, C-47, and B-26 aircraft, the group dropped flares in front line support and for B-26 night interdiction flights. In addition, its aircraft dropped leaflets and in B-26 and C-47 aircraft fitted with speakers and amplifiers flew "voice" psychological warfare missions. Working in close harmony with ground and air intelligence, the 6167th also performed some agent drops and resupply missions deep behind enemy lines during the hours of darkness. The 6167th Operations Squadron received a Distinguished Unit Citation for actions of May-November 1952. Beginning in early 1953, pilots from the 581st Air Resupply and Communications Wing, a special operations organization based in the Philippines, augmented aircrews of the 6167th Air Base Group.

Combat Components

6167th Operations Squadron: April 1, 1952-.

Stations

Seoul Airdrome (later, AB), South Korea, October 27, 1950; Camp Walker, Taegu, South Korea, c. December 15, 1950; Seoul AB, South Korea, c. July 15, 1951-.

Commanders

Capt. Carl V. Hull, by December 1950; Maj. Lee J. Guilbeau, January 1951; Lt Col Tyson, July 1951; Lt. Col. Frank E. Lardent, January 1952; Col. Donald R. Conard, December 5, 1952-.

Campaign Streamers

UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea, Summer-Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953.
  
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