782d Troop Carrier Squadron

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782d Bombardment Squadron
782d Troop Carrier Squadron - Emblem.png
Emblem of the 782d Troop Carrier Squadron
Active 1943–1957
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment/Troop Carrier
Emblem of the 782d Bombardment Squadron

The 782d Bombardment Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was to the 465th Troop Carrier Wing, stationed at Neubiberg Air Base, West Germany.

It was inactivated on 20 December 1957.

History[edit]

Activated as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, it trained under the Second Air Force. It deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in March 1944, where it was assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force. It flew strategic bombardment combat missions over France, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Balkans until the German capitulation in May 1945.

The unit was attached to Air Transport Command in June 1945; it used its B-24s as transport aircraft, flying personnel from Trinidad to Florida. The squadron inactivated in place in Trinidad during July 1945.

Re-activated in 1953 as a Tactical Air Command C-119 Troop Carrier squadron under the Eighteenth Air Force, it primarily flew cargo transport missions, but also supported US Army airborne parachute units on maneuvers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The squadron was reassigned in 1953 as a United States Air Forces in Europe troop carrier squadron, stationed in France and later West Germany. It performed theater airlift and transport operations until 1957 when it was inactivated due to budget restrictions.

Lineage[edit]

  • Constituted as the 782d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 May 1943
Activated on 1 August 1943
Inactivated on 31 July 1945
  • Redesignated the 782d Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium) on 22 December 1952
Activated on 1 February 1953
Inactivated on 20 December 1957

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

  • B-24 Liberator, 1943–1945
  • C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1953–1957
  • C-130A Hercules, 1957

References[edit]

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