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20th Bombardment Wing
Active 1940–1941; 1942–1946
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Force
Role Bombardment (Command & Control)
Part of Eighth Air Force

The 20th Bombardment Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Eighth Air Force, based at MacDill Field, Florida. It was inactivated on 10 November 1946.

History[edit | edit source]

Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945.

Returned to the US in August 1945 and prepared for B-29 Superfortress operations, although had no combat components assigned. Reassigned to Strategic Air Command postwar Eighth Air Force in May 1946 and elevated to VIII Bombardment Command. Inactivated before becoming operational in November 1946.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted as 20th Bombardment Wing on 19 October 1940
Activated on 18 December 1940
Inactivated on 1 September 1941
  • Activated on 1 November 1942
Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in February 1943
Redesignated 20th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in August 1943
Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in June 1945
Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in August 1945
Redesignated VIII Bomber Command (Very Heavy) in October 1945
Inactivated on 10 November 1946
Disbanded on 8 October 1948.

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References[edit | edit source]

 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.

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