510th Missile Squadron
|510th Missile Squadron|
LGM-30F Minuteman II test launch at Vandenburg AFB, California
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Intercontinental ballistic missile|
|Garrison/HQ||Whiteman AFB, Missouri|
World War II (EAME Theater)
Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (6x)
|510th Missile Squadron emblem|
The 510 MS was equipped with the LGM-30F Minuteman II Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with a mission of nuclear deterrence. With the end of the Cold War, the 510th was inactivated on 28 July 1995.
World War II
Activated in late 1942 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomb squadron, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during April 1943, assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. Participated in the air offensive over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until German capitulation in May 1945. Personnel demobilized in England and returned to the United States; squadron reassigned to Second Air Force and was programmed to be re-equipped with B-29 Superfortresses for deployment to Pacific Theater. Japanese capitulation led to units inactivation in September 1945, being neither manned or equipped.
Activated in the postwar reserve as a B-29 squadron. Inactivated in 1949 due to budget reductions.
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Squadron
On 15 November 1962 the 510th Strategic Missile Squadron was activated as a SAC LGM-30B Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile wing. Activated on 1 May 1963, being made operational on 14 January 1964, with a complement of 50 missiles. Declared combat ready on 29 June 1964. From May 1966 to October 1967, converted to LGM-30F Minuteman II missiles.
With the restructuring of the Air Force and the disestablishment of Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the early 1990s was reassigned to Air Combat Command (ACC) in 1992 and then under Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in 1993.
Remained on Cold War nuclear alert until in response to President Bush's directive to stand down the Minuteman II. Dissipated launch codes and pin safety control switches at 15 launch control facilities. Deactivation of the entire missile complex ended in the spring of 1995; squadron inactivated on 28 July.
- Constituted 510th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 25 September 1942
- Activated on 1 October 1942
- Inactivated on 28 August 1945
- Re-designated 510th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 23 September 1947
- Activated in the reserve on 15 October 1947
- Inactivated on 27 June 1949
- Re-designated as: 510th Strategic Missile Squadron (ICBM-Minuteman) on 15 Nov 1962
- Organized on 1 May 1963
- Re-designated as: 510th Missile Squadron on 1 September 1991
- Inactivated on 28 July 1995
- 351st Bombardment Group, 1 October 1942 – 28 August 1945; 15 October 1947 – 27 June 1949
- ETO Fuselage Code: TU
Aircraft and missiles
- B-17 Flying Fortress, 1942–1945
- B-29 Superfortress, 1947–1949
- LGM-30B Minuteman I, 1963-1967
- LGM-30F Minuteman II, 1966–1995
- Emergency Rocket Communications System (1967–1995)
- Missile Alert Facilities (K-O flights, each controlling 10 missiles) are located as follows:
- K-01 6.3 mi WxSW of Adrian MO, (incorrectly identified here as part of the 510th)
- L-01 8.8 mi NE of Adrian MO,
- M-01 32.6 mi ExNE of Holden MO,
- N-01 3.9 mi ExSE of Odessa MO,
- *O-01 On Whiteman AFB, MO
- *Preserved, but not open to the public.
The correct flights for the 510th squadron are FOXTROT INDIA MIKE NOVEMBER OSCAR.
- List of United States Air Force missile squadrons
- Post Attack Command and Control System
- Emergency Rocket Communications System
- 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.
- Whiteman AFB Minuteman Missile Site Coordinates