17th Attack Squadron

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17th Attack Squadron
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Active1942-1946; 1951-1979; 2002-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofAir Combat Command
Garrison/HQCreech Air Force Base
EngagementsSouthwest Pacific Theater[1]
DecorationsAir Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation[1]
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The 17th Attack Squadron is a squadron of the United States Air Force. It is assigned to the 432d Wing, and stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.


The 17th conducts intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operating the flies the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.


World War II[edit]

Established as a photo-reconnaissance squadron in mid-1942, trained under Second Air Force in Colorado, equipped with very-long range Lockheed F-5 Lightning reconnaissance aircraft Deployed to the South Pacific Area, assigned to Thirteenth Air Force. Flew hazardous unarmed reconnaissance missions over enemy-held territory in Guadalcanal; New Guinea; Northern Solomon Islands; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; Central Burma and southeast China. Inactivated in the Philippines, April 1946.

Cold War reconnaissance[edit]

McDonnell RF-101F-56-MC Voodoo 56-0217 at Laon Air Base France, 1959

Reactivated at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina in 1951 as a photo-reconnaissance training squadron. Equipped with several reconnaissance aircraft during the 1950s, deploying to NATO in 1959 with the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo. Operated from France until 1966, moving to RAF Upper Heyford, England. Remained in England until 1970, moved to West Germany and re-equipped with McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II aircraft. Remained at Zweibrücken Air Base until 1979 when inactivated due to budget reductions.

Unmanned vehicle operations[edit]

MQ-1 Predator UAV

The squadron was reactivated at what was then known as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field (now Creech Air Force Base) on 8 March 2002, flying the MQ-1 Predator.

According to the 2014 documentary film Drone, since 2002 the squadron had been working for the Central Intelligence Agency as "customer", carrying out armed missions in Pakistan.[2]


  • Constituted as the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 14 July 1942
Activated on 23 July 1942
Redesignated 17th Photographic Squadron (Light) on 6 February 1943
Redesignated 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 13 November 1943
Inactivated on 19 April 1946
  • Redesignated 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet on 1 April 1951
Activated on 2 April 1951
Redesignated 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 1 October 1966
Inactivated 1 January 1979
  • Redesignated 17th Reconnaissance Squadron on 4 March 2002
Activated on 8 March 2002
  • Redesignated 17th Attack Squadron on 15 May 2016[1]



Detachment operated from: Munda Airfield, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, c. 13 October 1943 – 31 January 1944, 9 March-1 April 1944
Detachment operated from: Buka Airfield, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, c. 11 December 1943-February 1945
Detachment operated from: Kornasoren (Yebrurro) Airfield, Noemfoor, Schouten Islands, 8–23 October 1944
Detachment operated from: Sansapor Airfield, Netherlands East Indies, 13 October-4 November 1944
Detachment operated from: Dulag Airfield, Leyte, Philippines, 9 February–October 1945
  • Puerto Princesa Airfield, Palawan, Philippines, 11 May 1945 – 19 April 1946
  • Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, 2 April 1951 – 10 May 1959
  • Laon-Couvron Air Base, France, 10 May 1959
  • RAF Upper Heyford, England, September 1966
  • Zweibrücken Air Base, Germany, 12 January 1970 – 1 January 1979
  • Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field (later Creech Air Force Base), Nevada, 8 March 2002 – present[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g Haulman, Daniel (June 23, 2016). "Factsheet 17 Attack Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Chris Woods (14 April 2014). "CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2014.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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