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13th Strategic Missile Division
USAF - 13th Strategic Missile Division
13th Strategic Missile Division emblem
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Service history
Active 1940–1941; 1942–1945; 1959–1966
Battles World War II
Commanders
Insignia

The 13th Strategic Missile Division is an inactive unit of the United States Air Force. Its last assignment was with the Fifteenth Air Force, being stationed at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. It was inactivated on 2 July 1966

Activated in the United States in October 1940, the 13th Composite Wing moved to Puerto Rico where it remained until inactivated in October 1941.

Following second activation, the 13th Bombardment Wing moved in May 1943 to England for duty with the Eighth Air Force. Groups assigned in September 1943 began strategic bombing of enemy aircraft, petroleum, and ball bearing industries as well as German airfields. Later, organizational units took part in the famous raid against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt in October 1943 and followed with missions against shipyards and shipbuilding installations at Wilhelmshaven and Bremen.

During the 1960s, the SAC 13th Strategic Missile Division organized, manned, trained, and equipped several strategic missile wings in Wyoming.

HistoryEdit

LineageEdit

  • Established as 13th Composite Wing on 2 October 1940
Activated on 10 October 1940
Inactivated on 25 October 1941
  • Redesignated 13th Bombardment Wing on 23 August 1942
Activated on 1 October 1942
Redesignated 13th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 1 February 1943
Redesignated 13th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 30 August 1943
Redesignated 13th Combat Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 24 August 1944
Redesignated 13th Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 18 June 1945
Redesignated 13th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 17 August 1945
Inactivated on 17 October 1945
  • Redesignated 13th Air Division on 20 May 1959
Activated on 1 July 1959
Redesignated 13th Strategic Missile Division on 1 January 1963
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 July 1966

AssignmentsEdit

ComponentsEdit

Wings

Groups

StationsEdit

  • Langley Field, Virginia, 10–26 October 1940
  • Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, 1 November 1940
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico, c. 6 January 1941
  • Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, c. 1 May – 25 October 1941
  • MacDill Field, Florida, 1 October 1942-c. 10 May 1943
  • Marks Hall, England, c. 2 June 1943

Aircraft and missilesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

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