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48th Bombardment Squadron

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Active  1940-1946
Type  Bombardment
Country  United States
48th Bombardment Squadron
Branch  United States Army Air Forces

The 48th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 41st Bombardment Group, based at Manila, Philippines. It was inactivated on 27 January 1946.



Activated at March Field, California in early 1941 as part of the prewar mobilization of the Army Air Corps. Equipped with B-18 Bolos and Lockheed Hudsons. Engaged in coastal patrols over Southern California, later over the San Francisco area.

Re-equipped with B-25 Medium bombers, deployed to Seventh Air Force in Hawaii during the late summer of 1942. Completed final training in Hawaii and moved to Tarawa in the Central Pacific in December 1943. Entered combat and attacked enemy installations, airfields, and shipping in the Marshall Islands in preparation for the invasion by US forces, and after February 1944 staged through captured fields on Eniwetok to attack shipping in the Caroline Islands.

In April 1944 moved to Makin where its missions were directed primarily against shipping and bypassed islands in the Marshalls and Carolines. Returned to Hawaii in October 1944 for training with rockets and new B-25's. Moved to Okinawa, May–June 1945. Bombed airfields, railways, and harbor facilities on Kyushu until August 1945. Also flew some missions against airfields in China.

Moved to Manila in December 1945. Inactivated in the Philippines on January 27, 1946.


  • Constituted 48th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 20 November 1940
  • Activated on 15 January 1941. Inactivated on 27 January 1946.


  • 41st Bombardment Group, 15 January 1941 – 27 January 1946
  • Aircraft

  • B-18 Bolo, 1941
  • Lockheed Hudson, 1941–1942
  • B-25 Mitchell, 1942-1945.
  • References

    48th Bombardment Squadron Wikipedia

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