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The 530th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 380th Bombardment Wing, based at Plattsburgh AFB, New York. It was inactivated on 25 June 1966.
530th Bombardment Squadron Wikipedia
Established in late 1942 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron; trained under Second Air Force in Texas, and later in Colorado. Deployed to the Southwest Pacific Area (SPA) in April 1943, being assigned to Fifth Air Force in Australia.
From airfields in Australia, including Fenton Airfield, the squadron reached out to the Japanese installations in the Netherlands East Indies. Moved to the Philippines where the squadron operated in early 1945, then to Okinawa where combat operations ended after the Japanese Capitulation in August. After the war, squadron personnel were demobilized and returned to the United States, the B-24s sent to reclamation in the Philippines. Inactivated as a paper unit in early 1946.
In 1947, the squadron was reactivated as a reserve unit of the Strategic Air Command at MacDill Field, Florida. The squadron remained an inactive reserve unit until 1951 when the squadron was inactivated.
The squadron was again activated in 1955 as part of the 380th Strategic Aerospace Wing and equipped with the B-47 Stratojet. Flying the B-47, the squadron took a place as part of SAC's nuclear deterrent to war which were designed to carry nuclear weapons and to penetrate Soviet air defenses with its high operational ceiling and near supersonic speed. The squadron flew the B-47 for about a decade when by the mid-1960s it had become obsolescent and vulnerable to new Soviet air defenses. The squadron began to send its stratojets to AMARC at Davis-Monthan AFB for retirement, being inactivated in 1966.Constituted 530th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 October 1942
Activated on 3 November 1942
Inactivated on 20 February 1946
Redesignated 530th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 3 July 1947
Activated in the reserve on 17 July 1947
Inactivated on 27 June 1949
Redesignated 530th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 20 May 1955
Activated on 11 July 1955
Inactivated on 25 June 1966
380th Bombardment Group, 3 November 1942 – 20 February 1946
Attached to: Royal Australian Air Force, 1 May 1943 - 28 February 1945
380th Bombardment Group, 17 July 1947 – 27 June 1949
380th Bombardment Wing, 11 July 1955 – 25 June 1966
Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona, 3 November 1942
Biggs Field, Texas, 2 December 1942
Lowry Field, Colorado, 4 March-19 April 1943
Fenton Airfield, Australia, 1 May 1943
RAAF Base Darwin, Australia, 9 August 1944
San Jose, Mindoro, c. 28 February 1945
Motobu Airfield, Okinawa, 10 August 1945
Fort William McKinley, Luzon, c. 28 November 1945 – 20 February 1946
Chatham AFB, Georgia, 17 July 1947 – 27 June 1949
Plattsburgh AFB, New York, 11 July 1955 – 25 June 1966
B-24 Liberator, 1942–1945
B-29 Superfortress, 1947–1949
B-47 Stratojet, 1955–1966
Irvin Medgebow was a member of the 530th Bombardent Squadron from the 380th Bombardent Group.
Combat in Southwest and Western Pacific, c. 21 May 1943 – 24 July 1945. Reserve B-29 squadron (1947–1949). SAC Medium bomber (B-47) squadron (1955–1965) inactivated when B-47 was withdrawn from service