317th Bombardment Squadron
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|317th Bombardment Squadron|
Emblem of the 317th Bombardment Squadron
|Branch||United States Air Force|
Established in early 1942 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron. Was assigned to II Bomber Command as a heavy bomber Operational Training Unit (OTU). The squadron was assigned primarily to airfields in the Pacific Northwest under II BC; performing training of new units, then becoming a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Reassigned to III Bomber Command in November 1943 when Second Air Force began to exclusively train B-29 Superfortress aircrews. Continued as a B-17 RTU until the end of heavy bomber training of replacement aircrews in May 1944; was inactivated.
- Constituted 317th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942
- Activated on 15 Jul 1942
- Inactivated on 1 May 1944.
- 88th Bombardment Group, 15 Jul 1942-1 May 1944
- B-17 Flying Fortress, 1942–1944
- 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.