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708th Bombardment Squadron
708th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem
708th Bombardment Squadron Emblem
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
Branch Flag of the United States Air Force.png United States Air Force
Service history
Active 1943-1945; 1947-1951
Battles European Theater of Operations
Commanders
Insignia
Insignia Square K

The 708th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force (USAF) unit. It was last assigned to the 447th Bombardment Group at Castle Air Force Base, California on16 July 1951.

The squadron was established as a heavy bombardment squadron and participated in combat in the European Theater of World War II. It was reactivated in the reserves in 1947 and served until it was called to active duty in 1951 as a result of the Korean War and its personnel used as fillers for regular USAF units.

HistoryEdit

The squadron was activated in mid-1943 as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron[1] and trained under Second Air Force. The squadron deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during November 1943, where it became part of VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. The 708th participated in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until the German capitulation in May 1945.[1] Its personnel were demobilized in England and returned to the United States. The squadron was reassigned to Third Air Force for possible re-equipping with Boeing B-29 Superfortresses and deployment to Pacific Theater. The Japanese capitulation led to its inactivation in November 1945.

The squadron was activated in the postwar Air Force Reserve as a B-29 squadron. Apparenly not equipped while stationed at Bergstrom AFB, Texas. The squadron moved to Castle AFB, California where it trained for proficiency as a corollary unit using aircraft of the 93d Bombardment Wing as part of Strategic Air Command reserve forces. The squadron was called to active duty as a result of Korean War in 1951, squadron's aircraft and personnel were reassigned to regular USAF units and it was inactivated as a paper unit.

LineageEdit

  • Constituted 708th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 April 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Redesignated 708th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 7 November 1945
  • Redesignated 708th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 24 October 1947
Activated in the reserve on 10 November 1947
Redesignated 708th Bombardment Squadron, Medium on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 16 June 1951

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NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Maurer, Maurer, ed (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556. http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/combat_sq_of_the_af_wwii.pdf. 
  2. Station number from Anderson, Capt. Barry (1985). Army Air Forces Stations: A Guide to the Stations Where U.S. Army Air Forces Personnel Served in the United Kingdom During World War II. Maxwell AFB, AL: Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center. http://www.afhra.af.mil./shared/media/document/AFD-081010-027.pdf. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 

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