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27th Special Operations Group

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27th Special Operations Group
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
TypeSpecial Operations
Garrison/HQCannon Air Force Base
One of two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships taxis onto the flightline at Cannon AFB, NM
One of two 16th Special Operations Squadron AC-130H Spectre gunships taxis onto the flightline at Cannon AFB, NM
MQ-1 Predator, with inert Hellfire missiles, on display
MQ-1 Predator, with inert Hellfire missiles, on display
A PC-12 Pilatus parks on Cannon's flightline
A PC-12 Pilatus parks on Cannon's flightline

The 27th Special Operations Group (27 SOG) is the flying component of the 27th Special Operations Wing, assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The group is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

During World War II, its predecessor unit, the 27th Bombardment (later Fighter) Group fought in the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean, Middle East and African theatres. Its ground personnel fought as infantry in the 1941–1942 Battle of Bataan with the survivors being forced to march as prisoners in the Bataan Death March. Its air echelon went on to be awarded five Distinguished Unit Citations and a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The Airmen of the 27th were among the most decorated USAAF units of the war.

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from being dropped in the jungle to having a 95% fail rate here are six of the most powerful Special Forces units in the world number six say your red mutt call Israel known as simply the unit the Sayeret Matkal is a special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces first formed in 1957 this Israeli Special Forces unit focuses on gathering intelligence reconnaissance anti-terrorism and hostage rescue outside of Israel candidates are selected for their high physical and intellectual capabilities the unit is modeled after the British Army's Special Air Service with the motto who dares wins this unit is the Israeli equivalent of the u.s. Delta Force or the UK's Special Air Service volunteers and hand-picked soldiers undergo a grueling selection camp for potential recruits once they are chosen they train for 18 months and are considered by many sources to be the most effective counterterrorism force in the world after training in hand-to-hand combat urban warfare and night fighting at some point the recruit will get kidnapped by veterans who will take them somewhere in the desert to be tortured and interrogated to see who will break there are solo hikes for if you get lost or break a leg there is no one there to help you several people have died during trainings it is highly secretive and has taken on mythic status with its quick victories in Egypt Lebanon Jordan Uganda and all over the world during the Olympic Games in 1972 when Israeli athletes were killed in Munich the mission to hunt down the members of Black September was turned over to the unit operation Thunderbolt or inhibit demonstrated the reach of Sayeret Matkal and its strength to the world on June 27th 1976 an Air France plane departed from bang Korean International Airport in Lawd Israel during a layover in Athens hijackers boarded the plane with large bags containing guns and grenades they forced the pilot to divert the plane to Entebbe Airport in Uganda the sûreté McHale attacked the airport in a daring raid and freed 103 Jewish hostages more recently in 2003 four Palestinians kidnapped an Israeli taxi driver after he gave them a ride in his cab Sayre at Macau located the driver and rescued him from a 10 metre deep pit in an abandoned Factory in a suburb of Ramallah number five gsg-9 Germany gsg-9 is the German abbreviation of grande suits group nine or Border Guard group nine which is easier to say it is the elite counterterrorism and special operations unit of the German Federal Police and it was created from a tragedy in 1972 the Palestinian terrorist movement Black September kidnapped 11 Israeli athletes during the summer Olympic Games in unic West Germany two of the athletes were killed in the Olympic Village during the initial assault on the athletes rooms the German police untrained and unequipped for counterterrorism attempted to rescue the athletes the operation failed one policeman five of the eight kidnappers and the remaining nine hostages died the event came to be known as the Munich Massacre as a result six months after Munich German officials created the Boone Danube chutes which means federal border guard service in 2005 they were renamed Bundespolizei or Federal Police gsg-9 is an elite unit drawn from the Federal Police interestingly candidates came from a regular police force rather than military because German law forbids the use of the military against civilians today gsg-9 is deployed in cases of hostage-taking kidnapping terrorism and extortion the group can also secure location neutralize targets track down fugitives and sometimes conduct sniper operations furthermore the group is very active in developing and testing methods and tactics for these missions experts estimate that since their inception in 1973 the gsg-9 have completed more than 1500 missions and have only fired their weapons five times number for alpha group Russia alpha group also known as Spets group a' a is a special unit within the center for special operations of the Russian FSB for those who don't know the FSB is the successor of the Soviet KGB founded in 1974 in response to the Munich Massacre as well alphas are the most famous special force in Russia they guard the Russian state and insurance security and are the most powerful unit in the country the general public aka pretty much all of us know very little about their work and once they leave the service they are reluctant to give interviews or talk about their work in the Special Forces probably with good reason they arrest Karras liquidate terrorist groups solve complex hostage situations and protect important people objects and events when the Winter Olympics came to Sochi they were deployed as part of the event security candidates for Alfa group are between 22 and 27 years old must have a university education must be mentally and physically healthy and possessed high moral qualities testing candidates takes more than a year if they pass they go through three years of training they must excel at infantry training parachuting diving sniper operations practical shooting martial arts and even foreign languages once done with training operatives are organized into groups of 12 which are divided into teams of four their basic operation motto adds an extra layer of severity to all of that training where alpha appears compromised stops alpha group first gained notoriety in 1979 for leading the assault on the presidential palace in Kabul during the initial phases of Russia's invasion of Afghanistan according to a former alpha group member the commanding officer of alpha group ordered for them to kill everyone in the building in 1985 Hezbollah captured four Russian diplomats various nations including the u.s. tried to negotiate with Hezbollah but no progress was made after one diplomat was killed Russia sent an alpha group to everyone surprised the terrorists released the hostages not long after some experts believe the release came because of Russia's long-standing policy to target not the terrorists but their families one rumor has it that alpha group kidnapped a relative of one of the terrorists then castrated killed and dismember him they sent the parts to the hostage takers with a letter explaining the same would be done to all of their families number three the national gendarmerie intervention group France this is another elite Special Operations force that was created in response to the 1972 Munich Massacre the GI GN or the National gendarmerie intervention group was the French answer to the lack of counterterrorism special forces units across Europe the GI GN specialises in terrorist attacks and hijackings of planes and ships in 2007 they were reorganized to provide a 200 man highly trained team to respond to hostage situations they are the only commando force to carry a 357 magnum revolver as their sidearm u.s. Navy SEALs Rangers and SWAT teams regularly cross terrain with the GI GN in fact the GI GN probably has the toughest training program in the world with a washout rate of 95 percent on the first day of training candidates must bungee jump from a bridge and swim through a towel with hands and feet bound if you make it through your first day then training takes ten months training covers hostage negotiations ship assault high altitude low opening parachute drop sniper marksmanship desert ops combat skiing desert operations rappelling and hand-to-hand combat they also receive more gun training than any other Special Forces Group in the world after that life is fairly busy the GI GN are called upon for at least 60 operations a year in 1994 when four terrorists from the Algerian armed Islamic group hijacked an Air France flight G IGN responded the terrorists killed three passengers before the plane was flown to Marseilles where the GI GN stormed it and killed the four hijackers plot leaders said later that the plan was to detonate the aircraft over the Eiffel Tower the first man through the door shot three of the hijackers that spent months in the hospital after being badly injured he lost the use of one arm but returned to the G IGN as a shooting instructor however that doesn't beat an operation in 1976 four years after the GI GN were formed rebels in Djibouti hijacked a school bus transporting 30 French schoolchildren and threatened to kill everyone Brants didn't acquiesce to their demand instead of negotiating the GI GN were sent for snipers opened fire on the school bus and killed all of the rebels save one GI GN storms a bus killed the one man they missed and rescued the children number 2 Delta Force u.s. a Delta Force officially known as first special forces operational detachment-delta is one of many u.s. special mission units primarily focused on counterterrorism SF OG Delta's name has changed several times over the years colloquially it is known as Delta Force but recently it was renamed the combat applications group and is now officially known as Army compartmented elements Delta Force currently receives its recruits from all over the army and there are no civilian to Delta enlistment programs so Delta Force is specifically directed to kill or capture high-value units or dismantle terrorist cells Delta Force remains extremely flexible it can engage in direct action missions hostage rescues and covert missions working directly with the Central Intelligence Agency as well as high-ranking protective services of senior leaders during visits in war-torn countries the Joint Special Operations Command or JSOC directly controls Delta Force while administrative Lisa ported by the Army Special Operations Command or USASOC formed in 1977 its first commander was Colonel Charles Beckwith after working with British Special Air Services Beck we saw a need for a precision strike force to face the growing threat of terrorism around the world Beckwith took most of his candidates from other Special Forces groups to create the first unit most of Delta forces missions are classified however some have been Declassified and noted publicly in media reports and books written by Delta operators the classic movie Black Hawk Down was inspired by a Delta Force mission in 2015 Kurdish fighters in Iraq discovered that Isis was preparing to execute dozens of captives the u.s. sent Delta Force commandos who were able to rescue 70s the u.s. does not acknowledge Delta Force or other covert counterterrorism unit under its Joint Special Operations Command also known as the unit Delta along with SEAL Team six are supposed to remain secret and unknown to the public number one Special Air Service United Kingdom in 1941 David Stirling created the Special Air Service as a desert rating Force during World War two inserted behind German lines in northern Africa the SAS carried out sabotage missions and wreaked havoc along supply lines however despite their success the SAS was disbanded in 1946 only to be revived the following year and used during the Korean War they have been in operation ever since and are considered the original special forces unit and have inspired similar units throughout the world their insignia bears the phrase who dares wins the physical requirements are harsh the selection process lasts five months and has a 90% fail rate candidates must be able to swim two miles in an hour and a half and run four miles in 30 minutes they must also be able to complete a 40 mile march known as endurance with a full pack in 20 hours which drastically cuts the number of recruits the survivors of this March will go on to continuation training and will be dropped in the jungle in Brunei the final test is a 36-hour interrogation session meant to break the candidates will obviously not everyone makes it through the training but those who do are transferred to perform training sessions with mi5 and mi6 security and intelligence services so the candidates can undertake counter espionage operations as with most of these elite Special Forces several recruits have died during training one example of SAS s actions is operation Marlborough in Iraq in July 2005 a sniper team comprised of British SAS and American Delta Force targeted a house in the heart of Baghdad that contained suicide bombers they could not storm the building because if one of the Bombers detonated civilians and neighboring buildings would die all three bombers had to be shot simultaneously to prevent any of them from detonating the three suicide bombers came out into the street and the sniper team opened fire all at the same time time the three bombers died instantly never getting the chance to detonate if you would like to learn more about other Special Forces from around the world let me know in the comments below make sure to subscribe I'll see you next time bye everyone



The 27th Special Operations Group accomplishes global special operations taskings as an Air Force component member of the United States Special Operations Command. It conducts infiltration/exfiltration, combat support, helicopter and tilt-rotor aerial refueling, psychological warfare, and other special missions. It directs the deployment, employment, training, and planning for squadrons that operate the AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22B, U-28A and MQ-9, and provides operational support to flying operations.[1]


There are 9 squadrons within the group:

27th Special Operations Support Squadron (27 SOSS) - provides operational support to flight operations
3d Special Operations Squadron (3 SOS) - MQ-9 Reaper
9th Special Operations Squadron (9 SOS) - MC-130J Commando II
12th Special Operations Squadron, provides remotely piloted aircraft launch and recovery operations
16th Special Operations Squadron (16 SOS) - AC-130W Stinger II
20th Special Operations Squadron (20 SOS) - CV-22 Osprey
33d Special Operations Squadron (33 SOS) - MQ-9 Reaper
56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron - provides specialized intelligence support
318th Special Operations Squadron (318 SOS) - U-28A



(See also 27th Special Operations Wing for additional history and lineage information) On 1 February 1940, the United States Army Air Corps activated the 27th Bombardment Group (Light) at Barksdale Field (AAF), Louisiana and equipped it with the Douglas B-18 Bolo Light bomber aircraft. The group consisted of the 15th, 16th and 17th Bombardment Squadrons. In October of that year the group moved to Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, less the 15th Bombardment Squadron, which was reassigned to V Air Support Command on 14 October. On 21 October the group was ordered to the Philippine Islands in response to the growing crisis in the Pacific.

World War II

South West Pacific Theater

Philippine Campaign (1941–42)

Arriving at Fort William McKinley in the Philippines on 20 November, the 27th BG (L) readied itself for delivery of its A-24 Dauntless aircraft. Concern grew as days turned into weeks and still the planes had not arrived. When the Imperial Japanese Army attacked the Philippines on 9 December 1941, the situation had not changed. Unknown to the 27th BG (L) Airmen, to avoid capture or destruction, the ship carrying the planes was diverted to Australia when the war escalated.

On 18 December Major John H. Davies, 27th BG (L) commander, and an aircrew of 20 flew from Clark Field on Luzon in two B-18s and one Douglas C-39 of Transport Command to Tarakan Island in the Dutch East Indies to Darwin Australia arriving on 22 December. Flying from Darwin, the group arrived in Brisbane on 24 December to pick up their A-24s off the ship USAT Meigs. However, as a swift Japanese advance prevented his group from returning to the Philippines, the air echelon of the 27th was ordered to operate from Brisbane.

The ground echelon of the 27th still in the Philippines was evacuated south from Luzon on 25 December to the Bataan Peninsula, arriving to form the 2nd Battalion (27th Bombardment Group) Provisional Infantry Regiment (Air Corp). For the 99 days following the attack on Pearl Harbor until their surrender to the Japanese after the Battle of Bataan, the men of the 27th BG became the only Air Force unit in history to fight as an infantry regiment, and were the only unit to be taken captive in whole. After surrendering, they were forced to endure the infamous Bataan Death March. Of the 880 or so Airmen who were taken, less than half survived captivity.

However, a number of officers and enlisted men of the 27th Bomb Group were evacuated out of the Philippines in five U.S. Navy submarines just before it was overrun by the Japanese during April. The USS Seawolf, USS Seadragon, USS Sargo, USS Swordfish and lastly the USS Spearfish, on the night of 3 May 1942 managed to sneak into Manila Bay and evacuate American personnel from Corregidor to Java and Fremantle, Western Australia.

Dutch East Indies and New Guinea Campaigns (1942)
Unidentified 1941 serial Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless Dive Bomber, ex 27th Bombardment Group (Light), reassigned to the 8th Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group, Charters Towers Airfield, Queensland, Australia, 1942.
Unidentified 1941 serial Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless Dive Bomber, ex 27th Bombardment Group (Light), reassigned to the 8th Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group, Charters Towers Airfield, Queensland, Australia, 1942.

In Australia, the escaped airmen and aircraft of the 27th Bomb Group reformed into a combat unit. In early 12 February pilots of the 91st Sqdn flew their A-24's with gunners from Brisbane to Malang Java in the colonial Dutch East Indies to defend the island. The group participated in an attack on the Japanese invasion fleet landing troops on Bali. The attacks, carried out during the afternoon of 19 February and throughout the morning of 20 February, caused little damage and all air operations that day failed to halt the landings. The group was credited with the sinking of a Japanese cruiser and a destroyer. From 27 February through 1 March, three A-24's of the 91st Sqdn participated in Battle of the Java Sea. The remaining pilots and gunners of the 27th Bomb Group were flown out to Australia in early March, consolidating with the 16th and 17th Squadrons which had moved from Brisbane to Batchelor Airfield in the Northern Territory. For their heroic efforts in the Philippines and the Southwest Pacific during late 1941 and early 1942, the 27th Bombardment Group (Light) received three Distinguished Unit Citations (DUC).

On 25 March, Davies and the surviving 27th Bomb Group personnel, consisting of 42 officers, 62 enlisted men and 24 A-24s, were reassigned on mass to the four squadrons of the 3d Bombardment Group at Charters Towers Airfield in Queensland, Australia. The remaining A-24 aircraft were added to the 8th Bombardment Squadron.On 4 May, the 27th Bomb Group was officially inactivated.

(Davies was appointed CO of the 3rd BG, and senior pilots from the 27th BG became commanders of the 8th, 13th and 90th Squadrons respectively. Over the next 21 months they flew combat missions over the Philippines, New Guinea and Rabaul. Among many other operations, the 3rd BG played a leading role at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.)

European-African-Middle Eastern Theater

North African Campaign

On 4 May the 27th Bombardment Group (Light) was reactivated without personnel or equipment at Hunter AAF Georgia. At Hunter, the group was re-manned and re-equipped with the Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber. After additional training in Mississippi and Louisiana, on 26 December the group was transferred to Ste-Barbe-du-Tlelat Airfield, Algeria to enter combat in North Africa with Twelfth Air Force.

Maintenance and support personnel went by sea to North Africa while aircrews and the A-20s flew to South America then across to North Africa, In North Africa, the A-20s were sent to other groups and the 27th Bomb Group was redesignated as the 27th Fighter-Bomber Group and reequipped with the North American A-36 Invader dive bomber. Assigned to Korba, Tunisia, the 27th FBG flew its first combat missions of the war on 6 June 1943.

The 27th served in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) until the end of the war. It was redesignated the 27th Fighter Group in May 1944 when the group converted first to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, then to the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft.

Sicilian/Italian Campaigns

During the Sicilian Campaign, operations included participation in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands and supporting ground forces during the conquest of Sicily. In the Italian Campaign the 27th covered the landings at Salerno and received a Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) for preventing three German armored divisions from reaching the Salerno beachhead on 10 September 1943. In addition, the group supported the Fifth Army during the Allied drive toward Rome.

Southern France

The group took part in the invasion of Southern France and assisted Seventh Army's advance up the Rhône Valley, receiving a second DUC for helping to disrupt the German retreat, 4 September 1944.

The 27th took part in the interdiction of the enemy's communications in northern Italy, and assisted in the Allied drive from France into Germany during the last months of the war, eventually being stationed at Biblis, Germany on V-E Day.

With five Distinguished Unit Citations and a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Airmen of the 27th were among the most decorated USAAF units of World War II.

Cold War

Postwar era
27th FW North American F-82E Twin Mustangs, (Serial 46-354 identifiable) along with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress at Kearney AFB Nebraska.
27th FW North American F-82E Twin Mustangs, (Serial 46-354 identifiable) along with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress at Kearney AFB Nebraska.
27th Fighter-Escort Group F-84Gs, Bergstrom AFB, Texas, 1952
27th Fighter-Escort Group F-84Gs, Bergstrom AFB, Texas, 1952

In the immediate postwar drawdown of the USAAF, the 27th Fighter Group was returned to the United States in October 1945, then inactivated on 7 November at Camp Shanks, New York. Within a year, the group was reactivated in Germany on 20 August 1946, being assigned to Fritzlar Air Base, flying P-47 Thunderbolts.

The group stayed in Germany for a year performing occupation duty until being transferred, without personnel or equipment, to Andrews AAF, Maryland, in June 1947. The 27th was assigned to Strategic Air Command and reactivated at Kearney AAF Nebraska. Fighter Squadrons of the 27th were the 522d, 523d and 524th.

The 27th was initially equipped with the North American P-51D Mustang, and in 1948 was upgraded to the new North American F-82E Twin Mustang. In June 1948 the designation "P" for pursuit was changed to "F" for fighter. Subsequently, all P-51s were redesignated F-51s. The mission of the 27th Fighter Wing was to fly long-range escort missions for SAC Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers. With the arrival of the F-82s, the older F-51s were sent to Air National Guard units.

The first production F-82Es reached the 27th in early 1948, and almost immediately the group was deployed to McChord AFB, Washington, in June where its squadrons stood on alert on a secondary air defense mission due to heightened tensions over the Berlin Airlift. It was also believed that the 27th would launch an escort mission, presumably to the Soviet Union, if conflict broke out in Europe. From McChord, the group flew its Twin Mustangs on weather reconnaissance missions over the northwest Pacific, but problems were encountered with their fuel tanks. Decommissioned F-61 Black Widow external tanks were found at Hamilton AFB, California that could be modified for the F-82 which were fitted on the pylons of the Twin Mustang that solved the problem. With a reduction in tensions, the 27th returned to its home base in Nebraska during September where the unit settled down to transition flying with their aircraft.[3]

On 1 August 1948 the 27th Fighter Wing was activated. Although established over a year earlier in July 1947. Under the Hobson Plan the 27th FW commanded the functions of both the support groups as well as the flying combat 27th Fighter Group and the squadrons assigned to it.

Four F-82s were deployed to Alaska from McChord where the pilots provided transition training to the 449th Fighter (All Weather) Squadron which used Twin Mustangs in the air defense mission. They remained in Alaska for about 45 days, returning to rejoin the rest of the group at the beginning of November 1948.[3]

In January 1949, Eighth Air Force planned a large celebration at Carswell AFB. All of its assigned units were to participate in a coordinated flyover. Most of SAC's bombers were to participate, along with SAC's only "Long Range" fighter group, the 27th. The weather in Nebraska in January that year was especially horrible, with most airports in the Midwest weathered in the day of the display. At Kearney AFB, the base was socked-in with a blizzard. Nevertheless, the crews had an early morning mission briefing, the aircraft in the hangars were preflighted and prepared for the flyover mission. Paths were cut though the snow for the aircraft to taxi and somehow the F-82s got airborne, with the 27th's Twin Mustangs joining up with SAC bombers over Oklahoma on schedule. The flyover by the Twin Mustangs was a tremendous success, with SAC leadership being amazed that the F-82 was truly an "all weather" aircraft and the 27th being able to carry out their mission despite the weather.[3]

In early 1949, the 27th began carrying out long-range escort profile missions. Flights to Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Bahamas and nonstop to Washington D.C were carried out. For President Truman's 1949 inauguration, the 27th FEW launched 48 aircraft to fly in review, along with several other fighter units, in formation down Pennsylvania Avenue. Another flyover over the newly -dedicated Idlewild Airport in New York City soon followed, with the aircraft flying non-stop from Kearney AFB.[3]

With the tight defense budgets in the late 1940s, the decision was made by Strategic Air Command decided to close Kearney AFB in 1949. The 27th was transferred to Bergstrom AFB Texas on 16 March.

At Bergstrom, the 27th transitioned to jet aircraft with Republic Aviation F-84E Thunderjet in 1950. It was redesignated the 27th Fighter-Escort Group, to better represent the mission of the group on 1 February. By the end of summer, the transition to the Tunderjets was complete and the Twin Mustangs were mostly sent to reclamation, with a few being sent to Far East Air Forces or Alaska as replacement aircraft or for air defense duties.

The wing won the Mackay Trophy for successful deployment of 180 F-84s from Bergstrom AFB, to Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base West Germany, in September 1950, via Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, and England, delivering the Thunderjets to the 36th Fighter-Bomber Group.[4] This was the Second (the first being the 20th FG flying 64 F-84Ds on 20 July 1950 during Operation "READY" from Shaw AB, SC to RAF Manston, UK) long-range mass flight of jet aircraft in aviation history.

After the pilots and support ground personnel were flown back to Bergstrom on MATS transports, a new production batch of F-84Es were picked up, and on 15 October the group headed for Neubiberg Air Base, West Germany, this time with ninety-two aircraft.

Korean War
Republic F-84E-15-RE Thunderjet 49-2360, 27th FEW, Taegu AB (K-2), South Korea, 1951
Republic F-84E-15-RE Thunderjet 49-2360, 27th FEW, Taegu AB (K-2), South Korea, 1951
Dec 1950: F-84G Thunderjets of the 27th Fighter Escort Wing arrive at a Japan Air Defense Force base in northern Japan after completing a trans-Pacific flight.
Dec 1950: F-84G Thunderjets of the 27th Fighter Escort Wing arrive at a Japan Air Defense Force base in northern Japan after completing a trans-Pacific flight.

Upon their return to Bergstrom in November 1950, the 27th anticipated another delivery trip to Europe and a permanent change of station to USAFE. However, this was changed to a deployment to Japan and duty in the Korean War.

The 27th departed Bergstrom on 11 November with the 522d FES refueling en route at Biggs AFB, Texas; the 523d FES at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, and the 524th FES at Williams AFB, Arizona on the way to San Diego, California. The overseas transport of the 27th was via the USS Bairoko on 14 November and the USS Bataan on 16 November. The USS Cape Esperance, with the remainder of the wing was scheduled to depart from San Francisco on 27 November, but this was delayed for two days while fifty F-86A Sabres and their equipment for the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing were loaded for their transfer to Japan.

By 30 November the ground echelon had arrived at Kimpo Air Base (K-14), South Korea, preparing for the arrival of the air echelon which had been unloaded in Japan. Once unloaded from the transport carriers, the aircraft were barged to Kisarazu Air Base where they were preflighted for a short flight to Yokota Air Base. However the aircraft were damaged during their trans-Pacific open-air deck shipment and had salt air induced corrosion; corroded electrical equipment and landing gear damage. Some of the aircraft also had flat tires. On 1 December Far East Air Forces decided they would station their short-ranged 4th FIG at Kimpo (K-14) and the 27th was ordered split into forward and rear echelons. Advanced headquarters would be at Taegu Air Base (K-2), South Korea; while the rear echelon would locate at Itazuke Air Base, Japan. The advanced echelon would be attached to the F-80 Shooting Star equipped 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Tageu for logistical support, while the rear portion would be attached to the provisional 6160th Air Base Wing at Itazuke for the same kind of support.

The first six of rapidly repaired F-84Es arrived at K-2 on 5 December. All of these aircraft were equipped with special gun camera that were depressed to record bomb strikes. They were also JATO-Equipped with a special electronic system for their operation. The 27th flew their first combat mission on 6 December 1950; the mission being an "armed reconnaissance" over the Chinnampo River area. Over the next two days, thirty-two rockets and 7,200 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition were expended. Several locomotives were claimed as damaged and a North Korean village was strafed.

On 13 December two 27th FEG Thunderjets were lost on a strafing mission two miles west of Krin-ni when the aircraft did not return and crashed to the ground. One aircraft crashed on the ground; the cause not known; another was given a go-around at K-2 because of other traffic. The aircraft suddenly lost power and made a belly landing in a dry creek bed; the Thunderjet written-off as a result. By January, the remainder of the 27th's aircraft were made operational.

For the next six months, the 27th flew missions in support of ground forces, earning another DUC for missions between 26 January and 21 April 1951. Among these missions was close support of the largest paratroop landing in the Korean War and escort for B-29 Superfortress bombers on raids over North Korea, including air-to-air combat with enemy MiG-15 fighters.

In June the 27th was given the responsibility for acclimating the newly arrived 136th Fighter-Bomber Wing to combat, as the 136th was their replacement. They were also given the responsibility of assisting the 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing in transition from F-80Cs to F-84Es. In eight months of combat, the 27th had participated in three major campaigns and earned the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. They had flown 12,000 combat missions and had lost seven of their pilots in combat, and fifteen F-84 aircraft to all causes.

The 27th was relieved from assignment to FEAF in July 1951 and returned to Bergstrom AFB. On 3 August the 27th FEG was declared non-operational when its squadrons were attached for operational control to the 27th FEW as part of the Air Force tri-deputate reorganization. Inactivated on 16 June 1952 when the group was considered redundant.

Modern era

General Dynamics EF-111A AF Serial No. 67-0035 of the 429th/430th Electronic Combat Squadron. Aircraft sent to AMARC on 28 April 1998.
General Dynamics EF-111A AF Serial No. 67-0035 of the 429th/430th Electronic Combat Squadron. Aircraft sent to AMARC on 28 April 1998.
General Dynamics Block 40B F-16C of the 524th Fighter Squadron, AF Serial No. 88-0416. This was the first F-16 delivered to the 524th FS.
General Dynamics Block 40B F-16C of the 524th Fighter Squadron, AF Serial No. 88-0416. This was the first F-16 delivered to the 524th FS.

The group was reactivated in on 1 November 1991 as the 27th Operations Group and assigned to the 27th Fighter Wing as part of the "Objective Wing" concept adapted by the Air Force. The 27th OG was bestowed the lineage, honors and history of its predecessor history and honors of the 27 Tactical Fighter Group and its predecessor units. The 27 OG took control of the wings fighter squadrons upon activation.

From September 1992 to July 1993, 27 OG F-111 aircrews and support personnel rotated to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT.

In 1995 the face of the flightline changed when the wing began its transition to General Dynamics F-16C/D aircraft. The first F-16s to arrive in May were assigned to the 522d Fighter Squadron. Also transitioning were the 523d and 524th Fighter Squadrons.

With the arrival of the F-16s, the F-111s were sent to AMARC. The 428th Fighter Squadron was inactivated in September 1995, and the ECW EF-111A-equipped 429 ECS was inactivated in May 1998 with the 27th Operations Group officially holding a retirement ceremony in memorial park. The F-111 in various forms had been at Cannon AFB for 29 years. With their retirement, the 430 ECS was inactivated.

On 15 January 1998, the 524th Fighter Squadron ventured to the desert for their first overseas deployment since transitioning to the F-16. The 522d Fighter Squadron deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia in direct support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. They flew missions enforcing UN resolutions of no-fly zone over Southern Iraq. In March, the 523d Fighter Squadron also deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

These two 27 FW squadrons were the first F-16 unit to replace Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II units performing close air support. In addition, they were the first F-16 unit to maintain the demanding combat search and rescue alert in Southwest Asia. While deployed to the Gulf region in December 1998, the F-16s from the 522d Fighter Squadron provided close air support alert, defensive counter air alert and interdiction in Iraq.

In August 1998, the 524th Fighter Squadron deployed to Hill AFB, Utah for exercise Combat Hammer. During the exercise, they dropped inert GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bombs and fired live AGM-65 Maverick antitank missiles on Utah test range. The hit rate was one of the highest ever seen in the Air Force, showcasing the lethality of the Block 40 F-16.

In 1998, the governments of the United States and Singapore signed an agreement laying the foundation of the Peace Carvin III program. As a Foreign Military Sales training program for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Peace Carvin III was designed for the continued training of RSAF in rapid deployment and tactical employment of the block 52 F-16C/D throughout a wide spectrum of missions including air-to-air, joint maritime and precision air-to-ground weapons delivery.

In support of Peace Carvin III, the 428th Fighter Squadron was reactivated on 12 November 1988 and tasked to take the lead in Peace Carvin III. The squadron was a hybrid of USAF and RSAF F-16C/D manned by USAF instructor pilots, Singaporean pilots and combined RSAF and USAF teams of maintenance and support personnel.

In May 1999, the 428th Fighter Squadron participated in its first official major exercise after its reactivation. The squadron deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, for exercise Combat Archer. The exercise was designed to test weapons capabilities, tactics and employment. This included the first live firing of radar-guided air-to-air AIM-7 Sparrow by the RSAF.

With the completion of Peace Carvin III, the 428 FS was inactivated on 6 July 2005.

In July 1999, the 522d Fighter Squadron deployed to Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland, to support NATO exercise Coronet Norsemen. They served primarily as the combat air arm of the Iceland Defense Force. In August 1999, the 523d Fighter Squadron relieved the 522d Fighter Squadron from Coronet Norsemen.

During Operation ALLIED FORCE in 1999, the 524th Fighter Squadron was notified for "on-call" duty to augment forces. Quick termination of hostilities precluded the 524th Fighter Squadron from seeing action.

Global War on Terror

On 11 September 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., aircraft from the 27 FW went on air defense alert.

Two weeks following the 9/11 attacks members of the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron Prime BEEF team had deployed to a forward location in the AOR and built a tent city at a (then) Classified location. They would not return till March 2002.

In December 2002, the 524 FS deployed to Kuwait and participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, dropping nearly a million pounds of precision guided munitions, more than any other F-16 Block 40 squadron in history.

In September 2007, the 522d Expeditionary Fighter Squadron wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron and, ultimately, the 27th Operations Group.

The 522d Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, were inactivated upon their return to Cannon AFB and the 27 FW became the 27th Special Operations Group on 1 October 2007. Among the units that joined the group were the 3d SOS (MQ-1), 73d SOS (MC-130W) and 318th SOS (light transport aircraft) as well as the 20th SOS (CV-22s).[5]


  • Established as 27th Bombardment Group (Light) on 22 December 1939
Activated on 1 February 1940
Redesignated: 27th Fighter Bomber Group on 23 August 1943
Redesignated: 27th Fighter Group on 30 May 1944
Inactivated on 7 November 1945
Redesignated 27th Fighter-Escort Group on 1 February 1950
Inactivated on 16 June 1952
  • Redesignated: 27th Tactical Fighter Group on 31 July 1985 (Remained inactive)
  • Redesignated: 27th Operations Group on 28 October 1991
Activated on 1 November 1991
Redesignated 27th Special Operations Group on 1 October 2007

The 27th Special Operations Group, located at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, is one of four groups assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing. The group accomplishes global special operations taskings as an Air Force component member of the United States Special Operations Command.[1]

It conducts infiltration/exfiltration, combat support, tilt-rotor operations, helicopter aerial refueling, close air support, unmanned aerial vehicle operations, non-standard aviation, and other special missions. It directs the deployment, employment, training, and planning for squadrons that operate the AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22B, C-146A, U-28A, MQ-1, MQ-9 and provides operational support to flying operations.[1]

Lineage The 27th SOG has a long and distinguished history since its inception as the 27th Bombardment Group at Barksdale Field, Louisiana, 1 February 1940. Elements of the 27 BG were in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded the island in December 1941, and aided in the fight against the invading force. The Japanese eventually overran the country, and as a result, many members of the 27 BG were taken prisoners of war and forced to participate in the Bataan Death March in 1942.[1]

Throughout the last 68 years, the 27th designation has been assigned to several groups and wings at a myriad of locations. The 27th was organized as a fighter wing in August 1947, at Kearney Airfield, Nebraska. Later, in February 1958, in a move to preserve the heritage of the 27th, Air Force leadership transferred the designation to Cannon, replacing the 312th Wing.[1]

Since 1958, the wing had supported F-100s, T/AT-33s, F-111s and F-16s. The 27th Operations Group was re-designated as the 27th SOG on 1 October 2007.[1]




Aircraft assigned


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b c d e f "27th Special Operations Group". United States Air Force. Retrieved 28 May 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon AFB
  3. ^ a b c d Pape 1977, pp. 48–63.
  4. ^ "Mackay 1950-1959 Recipients". National Aeronautic Association. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ Schanz, Marc V. (March 2008). "Special Operators Head West". Air Force Magazine. Vol. 91 no. 3. pp. 30–33. Retrieved 6 October 2016.


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