730th Airlift Squadron

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730th Airlift Squadron
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C-141B Starlifter of the 452d Air Mobility Wing over the Grand Canyon
Active 1943-1945; 1947-1952; 1952-present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Airlift
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ March Air Reserve Base
Engagements European Theater of Operations
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
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730 Bombardment Squadron emblem (Korean War) (Approved 14 December 1951)[2] 730th Bombardment Squadron - Emblem.png
Unofficial 730 Bombardment Squadron emblem (World War II) 730 Bomb Squadron Patch.png

The 730th Airlift Squadron is part of the 452d Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, California. It operates McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft providing global airlift.


Organize, train and equip aircrews to provide strategic airlift any time, any place. The 730th Airlift Squadron at March ARB, CA was inactivated on 1 April 2005. The assigned C-141 aircraft were retired. It re-opened at Altus AFB, OK as a Det 1 assigned under the original Operations Group at March ARB, CA on 01 Oct 2011. It is now a new reserve unit building up at Altus with C-17 and KC-135R aircraft and it will train aircrew alongside of the active duty units already at Altus.[citation needed]


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. The squadron supported deployment and redeployment of troops to Panama, December 1989-January 1990.


  • Constituted as the 730th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 14 May 1943
Activated on 1 June 1943
Redesignated 730th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy on 20 August 1943
Inactivated on 28 Aug 1945
  • Redesignated 730th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy on 3 July 1947
Activated in the Reserve on 1 August 1947
Redesignated 730th Bombardment Squadron, Light on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 10 August 1950
Redesignated 730th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder on 25 June 1951
Relieved from active service and inactivated on 10 May 1952
  • Redesignated 730th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo on 6 June 1952
Activated in the Reserve on 13 June 1952
Redesignated: 730th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical on 22 May 1955
Redesignated: 730th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 1 July 1957
Redesignated: 730th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Jul 1967
Redesignated: 730th Military Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 25 March 1968
Redesignated: 730th Airlift Squadron (Associate) on 1 February 1992
Redesignated: 730th Airlift Squadron on 1 April 1993[1]






  1. ^ a b c d e Endicott, Judy G. (January 9, 2008). "Factsheet 730 Airlift Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Maurer, Combat Squadrons, pp. 725-726


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