20th Bombardment Wing
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|20th Bombardment Wing|
|Branch||United States Army Air Force|
|Role||Bombardment (Command & Control)|
|Part of||Eighth Air Force|
Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945.
Returned to the US in August 1945 and prepared for B-29 Superfortress operations, although had no combat components assigned. Reassigned to Strategic Air Command postwar Eighth Air Force in May 1946 and elevated to VIII Bombardment Command. Inactivated before becoming operational in November 1946.
- Constituted as 20th Bombardment Wing on 19 October 1940
- Activated on 18 December 1940
- Inactivated on 1 September 1941
- Activated on 1 November 1942
- Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in February 1943
- Redesignated 20th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in August 1943
- Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) in June 1945
- Redesignated 20th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy) in August 1945
- Redesignated VIII Bomber Command (Very Heavy) in October 1945
- Inactivated on 10 November 1946
- Disbanded on 8 October 1948.
- Second Air Force, 18 December 1940 – 1 December 1941
- Third Air Force, November 1942-8 May 1943
- Eighth Air Force, 1 July 1943 – 6 August 1945
- Continental Air Forces, 15 August 1945
- Eighth Air Force, 14 May – 10 November 1946
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.