545th Bombardment Squadron

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545th Bombardment Squadron
545th Bombardment Squadron - SAC - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 545th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1942-1964
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment
Emblem of the World War II squadron

The 545th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 384th Bombardment Wing, stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. It was inactivated on 1 September 1964.

History[edit]

Established as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber squadron; trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to European Theater of Operations (ETO), assigned to VIII Bomber Command in England, Flew combat missions over Nazi Germany and Occupied Europe until the German capitulation in May 1945.

Reassigned to Air Transport Command and used B-17s as transports for demobilized personnel. Flew transport routes to French Morocco and Azores; returning to Istes France. Squadron inactivated in France during February 1946.

Activated as a B-29 Superfortress squadron in the reserves, 1947. Not manned or equipped, inactivated in 1949 due to budget reductions.

Reactivated in August 1955 as a Strategic Air Command B-47 Stratojet squadron which were designed to carry nuclear weapons and to penetrate Soviet air defenses with its high operational ceiling and near supersonic speed. The squadron flew the B-47 for about a decade when by the mid-1960s it had become obsolescent and vulnerable to new Soviet air defenses. Inactivated with the phaseout of the B-47; sending aircraft to storage at Davis-Monthan in the late summer of 1964 and the squadron was inactivated.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 25 November 1942
Activated on 1 December 1942
Inactivated on 28 February 1946
  • Redesignated 545th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 9 July 1947
Activated in the reserve on 16 July 1947
Inactivated on 27 June 1949
  • Redesignated 545th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 3 June 1955
Activated on 1 August 1955
Discontinued, and inactivated on 1 September 1964

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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