460th Bombardment Squadron
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Emblem of the 460th Bombardment Squadron
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The 460th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 333d Bombardment Group, stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. It was inactivated on 28 May 1946.
Redesignated a B-29 Superfortress operational squadron in April 1944. Trained under Second Air Force; deployed to the Western Pacific, being assigned to the new Eighth Air Force. Arrived in Okinawa but Japanese Capitulation led to drawdown of Eighth Air Force and the squadron never was engaged in combat.
Flew show-of-force missions over Occupied Japan and aircraft helped evacuate prisoners of war from Japan and China to airfields in the Philippines. Personnel demobilized and aircraft flown to storage in the United States in May 1946 and the unit was inactivated as a paper unit in Okinawa on 28 May.
- Constituted 460th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 1 July 1942
- Activated on 6 July 1942
- Inactivated on 1 April 1944
- Redesignated 460th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy)
- Activated on 1 April 1944
- Inactivated on 10 May 1944
- Activated on 7 July 1944
- Inactivated on 28 May 1946
- 330th Bombardment Group, 6 July 1942 – 1 April 1944; 1 April 1944 – 10 May 1944
- 333d Bombardment Group, 7 July 1944 – 28 May 1946.
- 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.