574th Bombardment Squadron
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The 574th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last was assigned to the 391st Bombardment Group, stationed at Camp Shanks, New York. It was inactivated on 15 October 1945.
Formed under III Bomber Command in early 1943 as a B-26 Marauder medium bomber squadron. Trained for duty in Europe with Ninth Air Force. Engaged in combat beginning in early 1944, attacked tactical targets in France, Low Countries and Germany supporting Allied ground forces advancing after D-Day in Northern France Campaign and the Western Allied invasion of Germany, 1945. Received A-26 Invaders in April 1945, however did not use in combat. After V-E Day, demobilized personnel while stationed in France during the summer of 1945, inactivated as a paper unit in New York, October 1945.
- Constituted 574th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 15 Jan 1943
- Activated on 21 Jan 1943
- Re-designated 574th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 23 Jun 1945
- Inactivated on 15 Oct 1945.
- 391st Bombardment Group, 21 Jan 1943-15 Oct 1945
- 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.