460th Bombardment Squadron

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460th Bombardment Squadron
460th Bombardment Squadron- Emblem.png
Emblem of the 460th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1942–1946
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment

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.


Established as a B-24 Liberator very heavy bomb squadron in 1944. Mission was as an Operational Training Unit (OTU) under II Bomber Command training B-24 replacement pilots and aircrew.

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





 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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