713th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
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Emblem of the World War II 713th Bombardment Squadron
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The 713th Fighter-Bomber Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 448th Fighter-Bomber Group, stationed at Davis Field, Oklahoma. It was inactivated on 16 November 1957.
Activated in mid-1943 as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron, the 713th Fighter-Bomber Squadron trained under the Second Air Force. Deployed to England in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during November 1943, the squadron was assigned to VIII Bomber Command as a strategic bombardment squadron. They 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; the squadron reassigned to Second Air Force and re-equipped with B-29 Superfortresses, being trained for deployment to Pacific Theater. Japanese capitulation canceled deployment and the squadron was assigned to Fort Worth AAF, Texas as Continental Air Forces, later Strategic Air Command squadron. Budget and personnel shortages led to inactivation in August 1946.
Activated in the postwar reserve as a B-29 squadron, they trained for proficiency as part of Strategic Air Command reserve forces. Activated as a result of Korean War in 1951, the squadron's aircraft and personnel were reassigned to Far East Air Force Bomber Command and inactivated as a paper unit.
The squadron was reactivated as a reserve F-86 fighter-bomber group in 1955 before being inactivated in 1957.
- Constituted 713th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 April 1943
- Activated on 1 May 1943
- Redesignated 713th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy) on 5 August 1945
- Inactivated on 4 August 1946
- Activated in the reserve on 12 July 1947
- Redesignated 713th Bombardment Squadron (Light) on 27 June 1949
- Ordered to active service on 17 March 1951
- Inactivated on 21 March 1951
- Redesignated 713th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 6 October 1955
- Activated in the reserve on 8 November 1955
- Inactivated on 16 November 1957
- 448th Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943 – 4 August 1946; 12 July 1947 – 21 March 1951
- 448th Fighter-Bomber Group, 8 November 1955 – 16 November 1957