729th Airlift Squadron

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729th Airlift Squadron
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729th Airlift Squadron Patch
Active 1 June 1943 - 28 August 1945
12 July 1947 - 10 May 1952
13 June 1952 - present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
4th Air Force
452d Air Mobility Wing
452d Operations Group
Garrison/HQ March Air Reserve Base
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Aircraft flown
Transport C-17 Globemaster III

The 729th Airlift Squadron (729 AS) is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 452d Operations Group, stationed at March Joint Air Reserve Base, California.


It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft providing global airlift any time, any place.


Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to II Bomber Command for training, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Deployed to the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in January 1944, being assigned to Eighth Air Force in England. Engaged in strategic bombardment operations over Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany, becoming one of the most highly decorated squadron of the Air Offensive. Engaged in strategic bombardment operations until the German Capitulation in May 1945. Returned to the United States and prepared for B-29 transition training, however Japanese Capitulation in August led to unit's inactivation in November.

Reactivated in the reserves in 1947 as a B-29 Superfortress bomber squadron, assigned to Long Beach AAF, California. Never equipped with Superfortresses, redesignated as a light bomb squadron and received B-26 Invaders in 1949. Moved to George AFB in 1950 when Long Beach was closed. Was deployed to Japan in August 1950 for combat duty during the Korean War, engaged in night bombardment missions over both North and South Korea. Inactivated in May 1952 with assets being reassigned to active-duty units.

It has airlifted personnel and cargo worldwide since 1960. Missions the 729th has flown included humanitarian relief, aeromedical flights, and airdrops of supplies and paratroopers.


Emblem of the World War II 729th Bombardment Squadron
  • Constituted 729th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 May 1943
Activated on 1 Jun 1943
Redesignated 729th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 Aug 1943
Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945
  • Redesignated 729th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 13 May 1947
Activated in the Reserve on 12 Jul 1947
Redesignated 729th Bombardment Squadron, Light on 27 Jun 1949
Ordered to Active Service on 10 Aug 1950
Redesignated 729th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder on 25 Jun 1951
Relieved from Active Duty, and inactivated, on 10 May 1952
  • Redesignated 729th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron on 6 Jun 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 13 Jun 1952
Redesignated: 729th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical on 22 May 1955
Redesignated: 729th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 Jul 1957
Redesignated: 729th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1967
Redesignated: 729th Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 25 Apr 1969
Redesignated: 729th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 Feb 1992
Redesignated: 729th Airlift Squadron on 1 Apr 1993.






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

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