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|unit_name= 854th Bombardment Squadron
 
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|caption= Emblem of the 854th Bombardment Squadron
 
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|dates= 1943-1945
 
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|branch=[[United States Air Force]]
 
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|type= Bombardment
 
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[[File:854th BS B-24 liberators in Formation - 1944.png|thumb|854th Bomb Squadron B-24s in formation. Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator 42-95255 in foreground.]]
 
[[File:854th BS B-24 liberators in Formation - 1944.png|thumb|854th Bomb Squadron B-24s in formation. Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator 42-95255 in foreground.]]
The '''854th Bombardment Squadron''' is an inactive [[United States Air Force]] unit. Its last assignment was with [[491st Bombardment Group]] stationed at [[McChord Field]], [[Washington (U.S. state)|Washington]].
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The '''854th Bombardment Squadron''' is an inactive [[United States Air Force]] unit. Its last assignment was with [[491st Bombardment Group]] stationed at [[McChord Field]], Washington.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
Activated 1 October 1943 at [[Davis-Monthan Field]], [[Arizona]] as a [[B-24 Liberator]] heavy bomb squadron; assigned to [[II Bomber Command]] for training. Reassigned to [[Biggs Field]] near [[El Paso]], [[Texas]] on 11 November 1943 and trained there until January 1944 when, during training, most of ground unit was transferred to [[Pratt Army Airfield]], [[Kansas]], to augment a new [[B-29 Superfortress]] group being trained by [[Second Air Force]]. Throughout November and December, personnel strength was further reduced by transfer to other B-24 groups of personnel. Reassigned to [[Pueblo Army Air Base]], [[Colorado]] in January 1944 to complete training. New B-24s were assigned to the group from Consolidated and training was completed by April.
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Activated 1 October 1943 at [[Davis-Monthan Field]], Arizona as a [[B-24 Liberator]] heavy bomb squadron; assigned to [[II Bomber Command]] for training. Reassigned to [[Biggs Field]] near El Paso, Texas on 11 November 1943 and trained there until January 1944 when, during training, most of ground unit was transferred to [[Pratt Army Airfield]], Kansas, to augment a new [[B-29 Superfortress]] group being trained by [[Second Air Force]]. Throughout November and December, personnel strength was further reduced by transfer to other B-24 groups of personnel. Reassigned to [[Pueblo Army Air Base]], Colorado in January 1944 to complete training. New B-24s were assigned to the group from Consolidated and training was completed by April.
   
 
After training was completed the air echelon was then deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Began movement overseas on 21 April 1944 via South Atlantic Route via Morrison Field, Florida, via Trinidad, Brazil, Dakar and Marrakesh, French Morocco, then to the United Kingdom. Performed strategic bombardment combat missions over Nazi Germany and enemy held territory striking communications centers, oil refineries, storage depots, industrial areas, shipyards, and other targets in such places as Berlin, Hamburg, Kassel, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Bielefeld, Hanover, and Magdeburg; on one occasion attacked the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen, Germany. Continued operations until end of combat in Europe, April 1945.
 
After training was completed the air echelon was then deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Began movement overseas on 21 April 1944 via South Atlantic Route via Morrison Field, Florida, via Trinidad, Brazil, Dakar and Marrakesh, French Morocco, then to the United Kingdom. Performed strategic bombardment combat missions over Nazi Germany and enemy held territory striking communications centers, oil refineries, storage depots, industrial areas, shipyards, and other targets in such places as Berlin, Hamburg, Kassel, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Bielefeld, Hanover, and Magdeburg; on one occasion attacked the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen, Germany. Continued operations until end of combat in Europe, April 1945.
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===Assignments===
 
===Assignments===
* [[491st Bombardment Group]], 1 October 1943-8 September 1945
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* [[491st Bombardment Group]], 1 October 19438 September 1945
 
: ETO fuselage code: 6X
 
: ETO fuselage code: 6X
   
 
===Stations===
 
===Stations===
* [[Davis-Monthan Field]], [[Arizona]], 1 October 1943
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* [[Davis-Monthan Field]], Arizona, 1 October 1943
* [[El Paso Army Airfield]], [[Texas]], 11 November 1943-1 January 1944
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* [[El Paso Army Airfield]], Texas, 11 November 19431 January 1944
* Uassigned Station, [[England]] (Ground Echelon), 1 January 1944
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* Uassigned Station, England (Ground Echelon), 1 January 1944
* [[RAF North Pickenham]], [[England]], March 1944
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* [[RAF North Pickenham]], England, March 1944
* [[RAF Metfield]], [[England]], April 1944
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* [[RAF Metfield]], England, April 1944
* [[RAF North Pickenham]], [[England]], 15 August 1944-5 July 1945
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* [[RAF North Pickenham]], England, 15 August 19445 July 1945
* [[McChord Field]], [[Washington (U.S. state)|Washington]], 17 July-8 September 1945.
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* [[McChord Field]], Washington, 17 July-8 September 1945.
   
 
===Aircraft===
 
===Aircraft===
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==References==
 
==References==
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{{Air Force Historical Research Agency}}
{{Portal box|United States Air Force|Military of the United States|World War II}}
 
{{AFHRA}}
 
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
* {{cite book|editor=Maurer, Maurer|title=Air Force Combat Units of World War II|origyear= 1961|url= http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/af_combat_units_wwii.pdf |edition=reprint|year=1983|publisher=Office of Air Force History|location=Washington, DC|isbn=0-912799-02-1|lccn=61060979|pages=}}
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* {{cite book|editor=Maurer, Maurer|title=Air Force Combat Units of World War II|origyear= 1961|url= http://www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/Publications/fulltext/af_combat_units_wwii.pdf |edition=reprint|year=1983|publisher=Office of Air Force History|location=Washington, DC|isbn=0-912799-02-1|lccn=61060979}}
   
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{{Wikipedia|854th Bombardment Squadron}}
==External links==
 
   
 
[[Category:Military units and formations of the United States in World War II]]
 
[[Category:Military units and formations of the United States in World War II]]

Latest revision as of 20:00, 14 December 2019

854th Bombardment Squadron
854th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 854th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1943-1945
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment

854th Bomb Squadron B-24s in formation. Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator 42-95255 in foreground.

The 854th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with 491st Bombardment Group stationed at McChord Field, Washington.

History[edit | edit source]

Activated 1 October 1943 at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron; assigned to II Bomber Command for training. Reassigned to Biggs Field near El Paso, Texas on 11 November 1943 and trained there until January 1944 when, during training, most of ground unit was transferred to Pratt Army Airfield, Kansas, to augment a new B-29 Superfortress group being trained by Second Air Force. Throughout November and December, personnel strength was further reduced by transfer to other B-24 groups of personnel. Reassigned to Pueblo Army Air Base, Colorado in January 1944 to complete training. New B-24s were assigned to the group from Consolidated and training was completed by April.

After training was completed the air echelon was then deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO). Began movement overseas on 21 April 1944 via South Atlantic Route via Morrison Field, Florida, via Trinidad, Brazil, Dakar and Marrakesh, French Morocco, then to the United Kingdom. Performed strategic bombardment combat missions over Nazi Germany and enemy held territory striking communications centers, oil refineries, storage depots, industrial areas, shipyards, and other targets in such places as Berlin, Hamburg, Kassel, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Bielefeld, Hanover, and Magdeburg; on one occasion attacked the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen, Germany. Continued operations until end of combat in Europe, April 1945.

Squadron returned to United States and was programmed for B-29 operations in Pacific. End of war with Japan in August 1945 led to squadron demobilization and inactivation in September 1945.

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted 854th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 September 1943
Activated on 1 October 1943
Inactivated on 8 September 1945

Assignments[edit | edit source]

ETO fuselage code: 6X

Stations[edit | edit source]

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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