727th Bombardment Squadron
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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.
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.
- Constituted as 727th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 6 Apr 1943
- Activated on 1 May 1943
- Inactivated on 26 Sep 1945
- 451st Bombardment Group, 1 May 1943-26 Sep 1945
- B-24 Liberator 1943–1945
- 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.