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50th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
50th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the World War II 50th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1940-1957
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Fighter-Bomber

The 50th Fighter-Bomber Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 319th Fighter-Bomber Group. It was last stationed at New Orleans NAS, Louisiana, and was inactivated on 16 November 1957.

History[edit | edit source]

Activated during World War II as an A-20 Havoc light bombardment squadron assigned to Third Air Force. Participated in maneuvers in the southeast prior to World War II. After U.S. entry into the war, the group flew some antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico early in 1942. Not deployed to combat duty, it later served as an operational training unit (OTU) until late in 1943, then became a replacement training unit (RTU). Disbanded on 1 May 1944 with the end of the A-20 training program.

Assigned to the reserve in 1947 with second-line B-25 Mitchell medium bombers; upgraded to B-26 Invader light bombers in 1949. Moved from station to station until activated in 1951 due to the Korean War, it's personnel and aircraft being sent to Far East Air Forces as replacement aircraft and personnel; inactivated immediately afterward. Redesignated as a Fighter-Bomber squadron and planned for activation with F-84 Thunderstreaks in 1957. Not manned or equipped due to budget shortages and inactivated a few months later.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted 50th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 20 Nov 1940
Activated on 15 Jan 1941
Disbanded on 1 May 1944
  • Reconstituted on 10 Mar 1947
Activated in the reserve on 16 Apr 1947
Inactivated on 2 Sep 1949
  • Activated in the reserve on 10 Oct 1949
Ordered to active service on 10 Mar 1951
Inactivated on 22 Mar 1951
  • Redesignated 50th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 12 Feb 1957
Activated in the reserve 8 Jun 1957
Inactivated on 16 Nov 1957

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