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710th Airlift Squadron
710th Airlift Squadron - AMC - Emblem
Emblem of the 710th Airlift Squadron
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Service history
Active 1943-1945; 1966-1998
Commanders
Insignia
710th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem

Emblem of the World War II 710th Bombardment Squadron

The 710th Airlift Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 349th Operations Group, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California. It was inactivated on 1 January 1998.

HistoryEdit

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.

Reactivated as Military Airlift Command reserve strategic airlift squadron in 1973. Assigned to Travis AFB and became associate squadron of 60th Military Airlift Wing. equipped with C-141 Starlifter in 1973 and continued worldwide transport mission. Inactivated in 1996 as part of phaseout of C-141s.

LineageEdit

  • Constituted 710th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 April 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Inactivated on 7 November 1945
  • Redesignated as 710th Military Airlift Squadron, and activated in the reserve, 1 July 1973
Redesignated 710th Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 October 1994
Redesignated 710th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992 on 1 October 1994
Redesignated 710th Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1994
Inactivated on 15 November 1997

AssignmentsEdit

ETO Fuselage Code: IJ

StationsEdit

  • RAF Rattlesden (AAF-126), England, 1 December 1943-c. 1 August 1945
  • Drew Field, Florida, 14 August-7 November 1945
  • Travis AFB, California, 1 July 1973 – 15 November 1997

AircraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

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