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The 720th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 450th Bombardment Wing. It was last stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and was inactivated on 25 July 1968.
720th Bombardment Squadron Wikipedia
Established in mid-1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron; trained under Second Air Force primarily in New Mexico. Deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in December, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force in Southern Italy.
Engaged in very long range strategic bombardment missions against enemy strategic targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until April 1945. Bombed aircraft factories, assembly plants, oil refineries, storage areas, marshalling yards, airdromes, and other objectives until the German Capitulation in May 1945.
Most of squadron was demobilized in Italy in May 1945; returning to United States with skeleton staff. Re-equipped and redesignated a B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomb squadron, and received new personnel. Began training under Second Air Force for planned deployment to the Western Pacific Area (WPA), however Japanese Capitulation in August led to inactivation of squadron in October.
Reactivated under Alaskan Air Command in 1954 as an F-86D Sabre air defense interceptor squadron. Inactivated in 1955; reactivated under Tactical Air Command in 1957 as an F-100 Super Sabre day fighter squadron in Texas, being redesignated Tactical Fighter squadron in 1958. Only active briefly as budget cuts forced inactivation in 1958 with the closure of Foster AFB.
Reactivated under Strategic Air Command in 1963, replacing provisional B-52H Stratofortess squadron at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Performed intercontinental training and deployments, also standing nuclear alert. Beginning in 1966, squadron deployed personnel to forward bases in the Western Pacific, where they engaged in combat missions over Indochina as part of Operation Arc Light.
Inactivated in 1968 when SAC pulled out of Travis AFB, California and the 5th Bombardment Wing moved to Minot. Personnel and equipment redesignated as 23d Bombardment Squadron due to seniority precedence of older wing.Constituted 720th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Apr 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Redesignated 720th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
on 23 May 1945
Inactivated on 15 Oct 1945
Redesignated 720th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 29 Oct 1953
Activated on 25 Dec 1953
Inactivated on 8 Aug 1955
Redesignated 720th Fighter-Day Squadron on 13 Nov 1957
Activated on 11 Dec 1957
Redesignated 720th Tactical Fighter Squadron
on 1 Jul 1958
Inactivated on 18 Dec 1958
Redesignated 720th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), and activated, on 15 Nov 1962
Organized on 1 Feb 1963; assuming aircraft/personnel/equipment of the 525th Bombardment Squadron (Inactivated)
Inactivated on 25 July 1968; aircraft/personnel/equipment redesignated 23d Bombardment Squadron
450th Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943 – 15 Oct 1945
11th Air Division, 25 Dec 1953 – 8 Aug 1955
450th Fighter-Day (later Tactical Fighter) Wing, 11 Dec 1957 – 18 Dec 1958
Strategic Air Command, 15 Nov 1962
450th Bombardment Wing, 1 Feb 1963 – 25 July 1968
Gowen Field, Idaho, 1 May 1943
Clovis AAB, New Mexico, 21 May 1943
Alamogordo AAF, New Mexico, c. 8 Jul-26 Nov 1943
Manduria Airfield, Italy, 2 Jan 1944 – 13 May 1945
Sioux Falls Army Air Field, South Dakota, c. 31 May 1945
Harvard Army Airfield, Nebraska, 24 Jul-15 Oct 1945
Ladd AFB, Alaska Territory, 25 Dec 1953
Eielson AFB, Alaska Territory, 17 May 1954 – 8 Aug 1955
Foster AFB, Texas, 11 Dec 1957 – 18 Dec 1958
Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1 Feb 1963
B-24 Liberator, 1943-1945
B-29 Superfortress, 1945
F-86 Sabre, 1954-1955
F-100 Super Sabre, 1958
B-52 Stratofortress, 1963-1968