727th Bombardment Squadron

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727th Bombardment Squadron
Active 1943-1945
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment

The 727th Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was last assigned to the 451st Bombardment Group, stationed at Dow Field, Maine. It was inactivated on 26 September 1945.

History[edit]

Activated as a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment squadron in May 1943; assigned to II Bomber Command for training. Primarily trained in the midwest. Received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in November 1943.

Deployed to Southern Italy in January 1944; entered combat in January 1944, being assigned to Fifteenth Air Force. Air echelon training in Algeria for several weeks before joining the remainder of the group in Italy. Engaged in very long range strategic bombing missions to enemy military, industrial and transportation targets in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Attacked such targets as oil refineries, marshalling yards, aircraft factories, bridges, and airfields in Italy, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece.

At times the squadron also flew support and interdictory missions. Helped to prepare the way for and participated in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Transported supplies to troops in Italy during September 1944. Supported the final advances of Allied armies in northern Italy in April 1945.

Returned to the US in June 1945, forming at Dow Field, Maine. Unit personnel were demobilized throughout the summer of 1945. Inactivated on 26 September 1945.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as 727th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Apr 1943
Activated on 1 May 1943
Inactivated on 26 Sep 1945

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

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