349th Operations Group

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349th Operations Group
Emblem of the 349th Operations Group
Active 1943–1946; 1949–1951; 1952–1959; 1992—present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender 82-0191 taking off at Travis AFB
A Travis C-5 Galaxy returns from a training flight
The newest Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 06-6164, arrives at Travis AFB
349th Fighter-Bomber Group Lockheed T-33A 52-9411, Hamilton AFB, California, 1955

The 349th Operations Group (349 OG) is a United States Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 349th Air Mobility Wing. The unit is stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California.

The 349 OG controls all operational flying squadrons of the 349 AW.

The unit's World War II predecessor unit, the 349th Troop Carrier Group was a C-46 Commando transport unit assigned to Ninth Air Force in Western Europe.



See the 349th Air Mobility Wing for additional history and lineage

World War II

Trained at various bases for troop carrier operations, participating in maneuvers and practicing paratroop drops, glider towing, and flying training, until moving to Europe in March 1945. In western Europe, transported vehicles, gasoline, and supplies. At the end of the war, evacuated patients and allied former prisoners of war. Returned to America in July and August 1945.

Air Force Reserve

In 1946, trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft. Between June 1949 and April 1951, trained reservists in troop carrier operations. Between June 1952 and September 1957, trained for fighter-bomber operations, but returned to troop carrier training from September 1957 to April 1959.

Activated in 1992 to manage strategic airlift squadrons, and in 1994 also acquired air refueling squadrons. Since then the group has taken part in joint training exercises, channel and special assignment airlift missions, and humanitarian and contingency operations worldwide.


  • Established as 349th Troop Carrier Group on 23 October 1943
Activated on 1 November 1943
Inactivated on 7 September 1946
  • Redesignated 349th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the Reserve on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
Inactivated on 2 April 1951
  • Redesignated 349th Fighter-Bomber Group on 26 May 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 13 June 1952
Redesignated 349th Troop Carrier Group, Medium on 1 September 1957
Inactivated on 14 April 1959
Redesignated: 349th Military Airlift Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 349th Operations Group on 1 August 1992
Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1992.






 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 0-89201-092-4
  • 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.

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