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780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

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Role  Airlift
780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron
Active  1943–1945; 1953-1958; 2014-present
Decorations  Distinguished Unit Citation Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is an active United States Air Force unit. Its previous assignment was to the 317th Troop Carrier Wing, stationed at Évreux-Fauville Air Base, France.


It was inactivated on 8 March 1958, but was reactivated in 2013 as an expeditionary squadron.


Activated as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, it trained under the Second Air Force. It deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944, where it was assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force. It flew strategic bombardment combat missions over France, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Balkans until the German capitulation in May 1945.

The squadron was attached to Air Transport Command in June 1945. It used its B-24s as transports, flying personnel from Trinidad to Florida. The unit was inactivated in place in Trinidad during July 1945. Redesignated as a B-29 Superfortress very heavy bomber squadron in the reserves later in 1945, it was not, however, activated due to budget restrictions.

The unit was reactivated in 1953 as a Tactical Air Command Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Troop Carrier squadron under the Eighteenth Air Force. It primarily flew cargo transport missions, but also supported US Army airborne parachute units on maneuvers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The squadron was reassigned in 1953 as a troop carrier squadron, in France. It performed theater airlift and transport operations until 1958 when it was again inactivated due to budget restrictions.

The 780th was reactivated in 2013 to facilitate the U.S. and NATO withdrawal in Afghanistan.


  • Constituted as the 780th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 May 1943
  • Activated on 1 August 1943 Redesignated 780th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy c. 20 August 1943 Inactivated on 31 July 1945
  • Redesignated 780th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 14 November 1945
  • Redesignated 780th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 22 December 1952 Activated on 1 February 1953 Inactivated on 8 March 1958
  • Redesignated 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron on 18 June 2002
  • Activated c. February 2014


  • 465th Bombardment Group, 1 August 1943 – 31 July 1945
  • 465th Troop Carrier Group, 1 February 1953
  • 465th Troop Carrier Wing, 12 March 1957
  • 317th Troop Carrier Wing, 8 July 1957 – 8 March 1958
  • Stations

  • Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, 1 August 1943
  • Kearns Center, Utah, c. 13 September 1943
  • McCook Army Air Field, Nebraska, c. 5 October 1943 – 1 February 1944
  • Pantanella Airfield, Italy, 15 March 1944 – June 1945
  • Waller Field, Trinidad, c. 15 June – 31 July 1945
  • Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, 1 February 1953 – December 1953
  • Toul-Rosières Air Base, France, 26 December 1953
  • Évreux-Fauville Air Base, France, 6 December 1954 – 8 March 1958
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, February 2014 – present
  • Aircraft

  • Consolidated B-24 Liberator, 1943–1945
  • Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1953–1957
  • Lockheed C-130A Hercules, 1957–1958
  • McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III, 2014–present
  • References

    780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Wikipedia

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