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826th Bombardment Squadron

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Active  1943-1945
Type  Bombardment
Country  United States
826th Bombardment Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force

The 826th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 484th Bombardment Group. It was last stationed at Casablanca Airport, French Morocco, and was inactivated on 25 July 1945.

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History

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

Despite designation, squadron did not perform pathfinder missions. Instead it 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.

Attached to Air Transport Command in May 1945; used B-24s as transports flying personnel from locations in France and Italy to Casablanca, French Morocco. Also engaged in transport operations from North Africa to Azores or Dakar in French West Africa where personnel eventually were transported to Florida. Squadron inactivated in place in French Morocco during July 1945.

Lineage

  • Constituted 825th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 Sep 1943
  • Activated on 20 Sep 1943 Redesignated: 825th Bombardment Squadron (Pathfinder) on 14 Feb 1944 Redesignated: 825th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 11 Nov 1944 Inactivated on 25 Jul 1945

    Assignments

  • 484th Bombardment Group, 20 Sep 1943-25 Jul 1945
  • 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
  • Aircraft

  • B-24 Liberator, 1943–1945
  • References

    826th Bombardment Squadron Wikipedia


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