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824th Bombardment Squadron

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Active  1943–1945 1963–1967
Type  Bombardment
Country  United States
824th Bombardment Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force

The 824th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 484th Bombardment Wing and was stationed at Turner Air Force Base, Georgia.

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It was inactivated on 25 March 1967.

History

Established in late 1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron, it trained under the Second Air Force. It deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in April 1944, being assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force in Southern Italy.

Despite its designation, the squadron did not perform pathfinder missions. Instead it engaged in very long range strategic bombardment missions against targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Balkans until April 1945. It bombed aircraft factories, assembly plants, oil refineries, storage areas, marshalling yards, airdromes and other objectives until the German capitulation in May 1945.

The unit was attached to Air Transport Command in May 1945; it used its B-24s as transport aircraft, flying personnel from locations in France and Italy to Casablanca in French Morocco. It also engaged in transport operations from North Africa to the Azores or Dakar in French West Africa where personnel were eventually transported to Florida. The squadron inactivated in place in French Morocco during July 1945.

Reactivated under Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1963, it replaced a provisional B-52D Stratofortess squadron at Turner AFB, Georgia. It carried out intercontinental training and deployments, also standing nuclear alert. In early 1966, the squadron deployed personnel to forward bases in the Western Pacific, where they engaged in combat missions over Indochina as part of Operation Arc Light. The unit was inactivated in 1967 with the closure of Turner AFB and a reduction in the B-52 force, their role taken over by ICBMs.

Lineage

  • Constituted as the 824th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 Sep 1943
  • Activated on 20 Sep 1943 Redesignated the 824th Bombardment Squadron (Pathfinder) on 14 Feb 1944 Redesignated the 824th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 11 Nov 1944 Inactivated on 25 Jul 1945
  • Activated on 15 Nov 1962
  • Organized on 1 Feb 1963; receiving aircraft/personnel/equipment as a redesignation of the 336th Bombardment Squadron Inactivated on 25 Mar 1967

    Assignments

  • 484th Bombardment Group, 20 Sep 1943 – 25 Jul 1945
  • Strategic Air Command, 15 Nov 1962
  • 484th Bombardment Wing, 1 Feb 1963 – 25 Mar 1967
  • Stations

  • Harvard Army Airfield, Nebraska, 20 September 1943 – 2 March 1944
  • Torretto Airfield, Italy, April 1944
  • Casablanca-Anfa Airport, French Morocco, c. 25 May – 25 July 1945
  • Turner AFB, Georgia, 1 February 1963 – 25 March 1967
  • Aircraft

  • B-24 Liberator, 1943–1945
  • B-52 Stratofortress, 1963–1966, 1966–1967
  • References

    824th Bombardment Squadron Wikipedia


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