14th Airlift Squadron Pelicans (Charleston AFB) C-17 Model
Fly with the 14th Airlift Squadron Pelicans (Charleston AFB) in this handcrafted C-17 Globemaster Model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love
Length – 18 inches
The 14th Airlift Squadron (The Pelicans) is an active unit of the United States Air Force, assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command. It is based at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The squadron operates Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft supporting the United States Air Force global reach mission worldwide.
The 14th Airlift Squadron “Pelicans” provide combat-ready Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircrews for worldwide airlift missions supporting Department of Defense and National Command Authority directives. They conduct airdrop and airland operations supporting global contingencies for combatant commanders by projecting and sustaining combat forces directly into theater drop zones and austere airfields.
“Pelicans” perform emergency nuclear airlift, aeromedical evacuation & humanitarian relief missions in the technologically advanced, $262.7M C-17A airlift aircraft in all phases of ground and flight activity.
World War II
Activated in December 1940 flying converted Douglas DC-2 transport aircraft as a GHQ Air Force transport squadron. Converted to Douglas C-47 Skytrains in early 1942, trained under I Troop Carrier Command for combat operations. Assigned to Twelfth Air Force and deployed North Africa during May 1943. The squadron’s aircraft flew supplies to front-line units in Algeria and Tunisia during the North African Campaign as soon as suitable landing strips were available and evacuated casualties back to rear area field hospitals.
Squadron engaged in combat operations, dropping airborne units into Sicily during Operation Husky and later into areas around Anzio, Italy as part of Operation Shingle, the invasion of mainland Italy and the initiation of the Italian Campaign, January 1944. Moved north though Italy, in 1943 in support of Allied ground forces, evacuated wounded personnel and flew missions behind enemy lines in Italy and the Balkans to haul guns, ammunition, food, clothing, medical supplies, and other materials to the partisans and to drop propaganda leaflets.
Moved to England in February 1944, assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command. Prepared for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. In June 1944, subordinate units dropped paratroops in Normandy, subsequently flying numerous missions to bring in reinforcements and needed supplies. During the airborne attack on The Netherlands (Operation Market Garden, September 1944), the squadron dropped paratroops, towed gliders, and flew resupply missions. Several of its subordinate units also participated in the invasion of southern France in August 1944. The 50th supported the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge by towing gliders full of supplies near Bastogne on 27 December 1944.
When the Allies made the air assault across the Rhine River in March 1945, each aircraft towed two gliders with troops of the 17th Airborne Division and released them near Wesel. The squadron also hauled food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, ordnance equipment, and other supplies to the front lines and evacuated patients to rear zone hospitals.
In late May 1945, after V-E Day, the squadron was moved to Waller Field, Trinidad and attached to Air Transport Command. From Trinidad, the squadron ferried returning military personnel to Morrison Field, Florida, where they were sent on to other bases or prepared for separation after the war.
During the Cold War the 14th was involved in the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949.
Conducted aerial transport from the U.S. to Japan, August – December 1950, and between Japan and Korea, 16 November 1951 – 1 December 1952.
Conducted worldwide airlift since 1953, including to Southeast Asia from 1966 to 1973 and supporting military operations in Grenada, October–November 1983, Panama, 18 December 1989 – 8 January 1990, and to Southwest Asia, August 1990 – January 1991.
Operations and Decorations
Combat Operations. World War II: Included airborne assaults on Sicily, Normandy, the Netherlands, and Germany; aerial transportation in MTO and ETO. Berlin Airlift, 1948–1949. Korea: Aerial transportation from US to Japan, Aug–Dec 1950, and between Japan and Korea, 13 December 1950 – Nov 1952. Worldwide airlift, 1953–1993, including to Southeast Asia, 1966–1973; Operation Urgent Fury (The invasion of Grenada), Oct–Nov 1983; Operation Just Cause (The invasion of Panama), 18 December 1989 – 8 January 1990; and Operation Desert Storm (The Persian Gulf War), Aug 1990 – Jan 1991. Operation Desert Storm (The Persian Gulf War); Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2003–Present); Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2001–Present)
Other operations included:
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Just Cause
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Fiery Vigil
Operation Provide Hope
Operation Provide Comfort
Operation Provide Relief
Operation Restore Hope
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Support Hope
Operation Joint Endeavor
Campaigns. World War II: Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe. Korea: CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korean Summer-Fall, 1952.
Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citations: Sicily, 11 July 1943; France, [6–7] Jun 1944; Korea, 13 December 1950 – 21 April 1951. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 July 1957 – 10 December 1962; 1 July 1968 – 30 June 1969; 1 July 1970 – 30 June 1971; 1 June 1978 – 31 May 1980; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1983; 1 Jan-31 Dec 1987; 1 January 1990 – 30 April 1991. Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: 1 Jul 1951–[18 Nov 1952]. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 April 1966 – 8 January 1973.
Constituted as the 14th Transport Squadron on 20 November 1940
Activated on 4 December 1940
Re-designated: 14th Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942
Inactivated on 31 July 1945
Activated on 30 September 1946
Redesignated 14th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 July 1948
Redesignated 14th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy on 15 August 1948
Redesignated 14th Military Airlift Squadron on 8 January 1966
Redesignated 14th Airlift Squadron on 1 January 1992