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100th Troop Carrier Squadron

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Active  1943 – March 14, 1951
Engagements  World War II Cold War
Country  United States
Disbanded  March 14, 1951
Branch  United States Air Force

The 100th Troop Carrier Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 441st Troop Carrier Group, based at Chicago-Orchard Airport, Illinois. It was inactivated on 14 March 1951.

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History

Activated in August 1943 at Sedalia AAF, Missouri as an I Troop Carrier Command C-47 Squadron. After training in Missouri and later North Carolina, was sent to Baer Field, Indiana for final equipping with aircraft, personnel and other equipment. Deployed to Ninth Air Force in England, assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command in March 1944 during the build-up prior to the Invasion of France.

The squadron participated in the D-Day operation, dropping 101st Airborne Division paratroops near Cherbourg, then carried out re-supply and glider delivery missions the following day.

The squadron's aircraft flew supplies into Normandy as soon as suitable landing strips were available and evacuated casualties to England. On 17 July the air echelon flew to Grosseto airbase in Italy to prepare for operations connected with the invasion of southern France returning to England on 24 August.

Squadron moved to France in September 1944 and for the balance of the Northern France Campaign and the Western Allied invasion of Germany was engaged in combat resupply of ground forces, operating from Advanced Landing Grounds in northern France. Delivered supplies to rough Resupply and Evacuation airfields near the front lines, returning combat casualties to field hospitals in rear areas.

Demobilized in Germany after the end of the European War, was inactivated at Bolling Field, DC in early 1946 as an administrative organization.

Reactivated as a C-46 Commando reserve transport squadron in 1949, activated as part of the Korean War mobilization in 1951. Unit personnel and aircraft were assigned as fillers to active-duty units and the squadron was quickly inactivated afterwards.

Operations and Decorations

  • Combat Operations. Included airborne assaults on Normandy, Southern France, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as aerial transportation in the ETO and MTO, during World War II.
  • Campaigns. Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; Rhineland; Central Europe.
  • Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: France, [6-7] Jun 1944.
  • Lineage

  • Constituted 100th Troop Carrier Squadron on 25 May 1943
  • Activated on 1 Aug 1943 Inactivated on 27 May 1946
  • Re-designated 100th Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium) on 10 May 1949
  • Activated in the reserve on 27 Jun 1949 Ordered to active service on 10 Mar 1951 Inactivated on 14 Mar 1951.

    Assignments

  • 441st Troop Carrier Group, 1 Aug 1943
  • Continental Air Forces (later Strategic Air Command), 15 Feb-27 Mar 1946
  • 441st Troop Carrier Group, 27 Jun 1949-14 Mar 1951
  • Aircraft

  • Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 1943–1946
  • Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando, 1949–1951
  • References

    100th Troop Carrier Squadron Wikipedia


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