327th Airlift Squadron

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327th Airlift Squadron
327th Airlift Squadron.jpg
327h Airlift Squadron patch
Active 11 April 1944 – 26 December 1945
29 May 1947 – 1 April 1951
14 June 1952 – 30 September 2007
13 July 2014
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
22nd Air Force
913th Airlift Group
Garrison/HQ Little Rock Air Force Base
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

The 327th Airlift Squadron (327 AS) is part of the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. It operates C-130 Hercules aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission worldwide.


The 327th conducted aerial transportation in the China – Burma – India theater from, 28 August 1944 – c. 20 October 1945. It performed troop carrier training from, 1947 – 1951. It has supported airborne forces and performed worldwide airlift since 1952. The squadron deployed to Southwest Asia and performed airlift missions in support of the Gulf War, January – April 1991. The squadron deployed again in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2005-2006. It was inactivated on 30 September 2007 after a lengthy and controversial closure process. The 327th was reactivated at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas on 13 July 2014.


  • Constituted 2d Combat Cargo Squadron on 11 April 1944
Activated on 15 April 1944
Redesignated 327th Troop Carrier Squadron on 31 October 1945
Inactivated on 26 December 1945
  • Activated in the reserve on 29 May 1947
Redesignated 327th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 2 September 1949
Ordered to Active Service on 15 March 1951
Inactivated on 1 April 1951
  • Activated in the reserve on 14 June 1952
Ordered to Active Service on 28 October 1962
Relieved from Active Duty on 28 November 1962
Redesignated: 327th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 July 1967
Redesignated: 327th Airlift Squadron on 1 February 1992
Inactivated on 30 September 2007
  • Activated on 13 July 2014


Under operational control of Air Transport Command, 1 July – 9 September 1945


Aircraft operated

Patch (Aircraft Marking for the 2d Combat Cargo Squadron)

AIRCRAFT MARKING: On a medium blue disc, border yellow, a dexter hand holding five playing cards spread fanwise, all deuces of Spades, proper, as per record drawing. SIGNIFICANCE: The five deuces represent winners, while the "2's" indicate the Squadron's numerical design. The five cards symbolize the five flights of the squadron. Approved 17 July 1944 by Robert C. Jones, Colonel, Air Corps, Chief, Special Services Division, Office, Asst. Chief of Air Staff, Personnel.


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