372d Bombardment Squadron
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Emblem of the 372d Bombardment Squadron
(Strategic Air Command)
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World War II|
The 372d Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 307th Bombardment Wing, based at Lincoln AFB, Nebraska. It was inactivated on 25 March 1965.
Formed as a heavy bombardment group in January 1942, trained in the Pacific Northwest under Second Air Force, with B-17 Flying Fortresses. Reassigned to Seventh Air Force in Hawaii, November 1942 and performed performing search and rescue and antisubmarine patrols until January 1943 while transitioning to long-range B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.
Deployed to the Central Pacific from Hawaii throughout 1943 for long-range combat bombardment operations against Japanese forces in the Central Pacific; New Guinea; Northern Solomon Islands and Eastern Mandates campaigns. Deployed to the New Hebrides in Melanesia and operated from numerous temporary jungle airfields, engaging in long-range bombardment operations during the Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon and Southern Philippines campaigns until the end of the war in August 1945. Assigned to Clark Field, Philippines after the war ended, demobilized with personnel returning to the United States, unit inactivated as paper unit in January 1946 in California.
Reactivated as B-29 Superfortress squadron at MacDill Field, Florida in August 1946 as part of Strategic Air Command. Was a training unit for antisubmarine warfare. Deployed to Okinawa during Korean War, carrying out combat operations over Korea throughout the conflict. Remained in Okinawa until November 1954 when inactivated.
- Constituted 372d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 January 1942
- Activated on 15 April 1942
- Inactivated on 26 December 1945
- Redesignated 372d Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 15 July 1946
- Activated on 4 August 1946
- Redesignated 372d Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 28 May 1948
- Inactivated on 25 March 1965
- 307th Bombardment Group, 15 April 1942 – 26 December 1945
- 307th Bombardment Group, 4 August 1946
- 307th Bombardment Wing, 16 June 1952 – 25 March 1965
- B-17 Flying Fortress, 1942
- B-24 Liberator, 1942–1945
- B-29 Superfortress, 1946–1954
- B-47 Stratojet, 1955–1965
- Maurer, Maurer. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Air Force Historical Studies Office, 1969. ISBN 0-89201-097-5.