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880th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1943-1945
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment

The 880th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 383d Bombardment Group. It was inactivated at Camp Anza, California on 3 Jan 1946.

HistoryEdit

Established as a B-29 Superfortress very heavy bombardment group in late 1943; trained by Second Air Force, initially with B-17s until production B-29s became available. Reassigned to the 383d Bomb Group in Aug 1944, its aircraft and personnel being reassigned to other squadrons of the 499th. Shortages of B-29s for training caused the 383d and the squadron to remain in the United States for almost a year until finally it deployed to the Central Pacific Area in June 1945 as part of the new Eighth Air Force in the Pacific.

The squadron arrived on Tinian in September 1945 after the Japanese capitulation and did not see combat. Squadron dropped food and supplies to Allied prisoners in Japan, Korea, China, and Formosa after the war. Personnel demobilized on Tinian, aircraft flown to United States and placed in reserve storage or assigned to other units. Inactivated as a paper unit in January 1946.

LineageEdit

  • Constituted 880th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 19 Nov 1943
Activated on 20 Nov 1943
Inactivated on 10 May 1944
  • Activated on 28 Aug 1944
Inactivated on 3 Jan 1946

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