760th Bombardment Squadron
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|760th Bombardment Squadron|
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It was inactivated on 26 September 1945.
Activated as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, it was assigned to the II Bomber Command for training. It trained primarily in New Mexico and Utah. The squadron received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in August 1943. It moved to Georgia and Virginia where it flew coastal patrol missions over the southeast US, between October 1943 and January 1944 while its station in Italy was being constructed.
It deployed to Southern Italy and entered combat in January 1944; being assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force 55th Bombardment Wing. It was engaged in very long range strategic bombing missions on enemy military, industrial and transportation targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia. It bombed railroad marshalling yards, oil refineries, airdrome installations and heavy industry.
The squadron flew its last World War II combat mission on 26 April 1945. After V-E Day, it was assigned to the 'Green Project' which was the movement of troops from Europe to the United States via the South Atlantic transport route. Its B-24s were modified with sealed bomb bays, the removal of all defensive armament and an internal fuselage equipped with seating to carry approximately 30 personnel. It was assigned to Air Transport Command at Waller Field, Trinidad and to Natal, Brazil. It moved personnel from Dakar in French West Africa where personnel were conveyed across the South Atlantic to Brazil and eventually to Morrison Field, Florida via Trinidad. This air transport was provided until the end of September when the unit was inactivated.
- Constituted as the 760th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 May 1943
- Activated on 1 July 1943
- Inactivated on 26 September 1945
- Redesignated the 760th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 14 November 1945 (Remained inactive)
- 460th Bombardment Group, 1 July 1943 – 26 September 1945
- Attached to Air Transport Command, 15 June – 26 September 1945
- Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, 1 July 1943
- Kearns Center, Utah, 31 August 1943
- Chatham Army Airfield, Georgia, 29 October 1943 – 3 January 1944
- Spinazzola Airfield, Italy, c. 11 February 1944 – 6 June 1945
- Waller Field, Trinidad, 15 June 1945
- Natal Airport, Brazil, 30 June – 26 September 1945
- B-24 Liberator, 1943–1945
- Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) . Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.