|709th Airlift Squadron|
709th Airlift Squadron Patch
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Active|| 1 May 1943 - 7 November 1945 |
10 November 1947 - 27 June 1949
1 October 1973 - present
|Part of|| Air Force Reserve Command |
22d Air Force
512th Airlift Wing
512th Operations Group
|Decorations||Air Force Outstanding Unit Award|
It operates C-5 Galaxy aircraft providing global airlfit.
Activated in mid 1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb squadron, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during November 1943, assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. Participated in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until German capitulation in May 1945. Personnel demobilized in England and returned to the United States; squadron reassigned to Third Air Force for possible re-equipping with B-29 Superfortresses and deployment to Pacific Theater. Japanese capitulation led to inactivation in November 1945.
Activated in the postwar reserve as a B-29 squadron. Trained for proficiency as part of Strategic Air Command reserve forces. Activated as a result of Korean War in 1951, squadron's aircraft and personnel reassigned to Far East Air Force Bomber Command, inactivated as a paper unit.
Reactivated as Military Airlift Command reserve C-5 Galaxy squadron in 1973 and became associate squadron of 436th Military Airlift Wing. Since 1973 the 709th has trained for and flown airlift missions, participating in exercises and global humanitarian and contingency operations.
- Constituted 709th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 April 1943
- Activated on 1 May 1943
- Inactivated on 7 November 1945
- Redesignated 709th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 24 October 1947
- Activated in the reserve on 10 November 1947
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- Redesignated 709 Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 19 June 1973
- Activated in the Reserve on 1 October 1973
- Redesignated: 709th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992
- Redesignated: 709th Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1994.
- 447th Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943 – 7 November 1945; 10 November 1947 – 27 June 1949
- ETO Fuselage Code: IE
- 512th Military Airlift (later, 512 Airlift) Wing, 1 October 1973
- 512th Operations Group, 1 August 1992–present
- Mauer, Mauer (1969), Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II, Air Force Historical Studies Office, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. ISBN 0-89201-097-5
- USAF 709th Airlift Squadron History
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